Proverbs 21:1-Proverbs 22:16 - The Lord Controls Wise And Foolish People

1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water, he turns it wherever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD weighs the hearts.

3 To do righteousness and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

4 A high look and a proud heart, which is the fire of the wicked, is sin.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness, but of every one that is too hasty, only to want.

6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of those that seek death.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them because they refuse to do judgment.

8 The way of the perverse man is crooked and strange, but as for the pure, his work is right.

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbour finds no favour in his eyes.

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise, and by instructing the wise, he receives wisdom.

12 The righteous man wisely considers the house of the wicked, how God overthrows the wicked for their evil.

13 Whosoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself but shall not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a bribe in the bosom strong wrath.

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment, but it shall be destruction to the workers of iniquity.

16 The man that wanders out of the way of wisdom shall end up in the congregation of the dead.

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

18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and an angry woman.

20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spends it up.

21 He that follows after righteousness and mercy shall find life, righteousness, and honour.

22 The wise man took the city of the mighty and cast down its strength in which it trusted.

23 Whosoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.

25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labour.

26 There is one who covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and keeps on giving.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination; how much more, when he brings it with lewdness?

28 The false witness shall perish, but the man that hears shall stand fast in his word.

29 The wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he orders his ways.

30 There is no wisdom nor intelligence nor counsel against the LORD.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but salvation is of the LORD.

1 A good reputation is rather to be chosen than great riches and good grace rather than silver and gold.

2 The rich and poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and receive hurt.

4 Riches and honour and life are the remuneration of humility and of the fear of the LORD.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he that keeps his soul shall be far from them.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

8 He that sows iniquity shall reap iniquity, and the rod of his anger shall fail.

9 He that has a merciful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the destitute.

10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; strife and reproach shall cease.

11 He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthrows the words of the transgressor.

13 The slothful man says, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit; he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.

15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches and who gives to the rich shall surely come to want.