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Chapter 21

21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever He will.

21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the hearts.

21:3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

21:4 A haughty look, and a proud heart--the tillage of the wicked is sin.

21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.

21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro; they that seek them seek death.

21:7 The violence of the wicked shall drag them away; because they refuse to do justly.

21:8 The way of man is froward and strange; but as for the pure, his work is right.

21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.

21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil; his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

21:11 When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

21:12 The Righteous One considereth the house of the wicked; overthrowing the wicked to their ruin.

21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be answered.

21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath.

21:15 To do justly is joy to the righteous, but ruin to the workers of iniquity.

21:16 The man that strayeth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of the shades.

21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; and the faithless cometh in the stead of the upright.

21:19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.

21:20 There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.

21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, prosperity, and honour.

21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the stronghold wherein it trusteth.

21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

21:24 A proud and haughty man, scorner is his name, even he that dealeth in overbearing pride.

21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

21:26 There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with the proceeds of wickedness?

21:28 A false witness shall perish; but the man that obeyeth shall speak unchallenged.

21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face; but as for the upright, he looketh well to his way.

21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but victory is of the Lord.

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