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

1 Streams of water [are] the heart of a king in the hand of Yahweh; {wherever} he will desire, he will turn.

2 Every way of a man is upright in his [own] eyes, but Yahweh weighs hearts.

3 Doing righteousness and justice is [more] acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

4 Haughtiness of [the] eyes and pride of heart, [the] lamp of the wicked [are] sin.

5 The plans of the diligent only [lead] to abundance, but all who are hasty, only to want.

6 He who makes treasure by a lying tongue [is a] fleeting vapor [and] seeker of death.

7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, for they refuse to do justice.

8 Crooked is the way of a man and a foreigner, but the pure [is] upright [in] his conduct.

9 Better to dwell on the corner of a roof than [to] share a house with a woman of contention.

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor will not find mercy in his eyes.

11 With the punishment of a scoffer, the simple will become wise, and with the instruction of the wise, he will obtain knowledge.

12 The righteous observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked to ruin.

13 He who closes his ear from the cry of the poor, he also will cry out and not be heard.

14 A gift in secret will avert {anger}, and a {concealed bribe}, strong wrath.

15 [It is] a joy to the righteous to do justice, but dismay to those who do evil.

16 Whoever wanders from the way of understanding, in the assembly of the dead he will rest.

17 A man of want [is] he who loves pleasure; he who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

18 A ransom for the righteous is the wicked, and [the] faithless instead of the upright.

19 Better to live in a land of wilderness than [with] a wife of quarrels and provocation.

20 Precious treasure and oil [are] in the house of the wise, but the foolish person will devour them.

21 He who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

22 To a city of warriors, the wise ascends, and he will bring down the stronghold--its object of trust.

23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, he guards his life from danger.

24 The proud, haughty one: "scoffer" [is] his name; he acts with arrogance of pride.

25 The craving of a lazy person will kill him, for his hands refuse to work.

26 {All day} he craves a craving, but the righteous will give and not hold back.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination; how much more when he brings it in divisiveness!

28 A false witness will perish, but a man who listens will testify with success.

29 A wicked man is strong in {his countenance}, but the upright will appoint his paths.

30 There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel to oppose Yahweh.

31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but to Yahweh [belongs] the victory.

1 A {reputation} [is] to be chosen {rather than} great riches; {favor is better than silver and gold}.

2 Rich and poor have [much] in common; Yahweh is the maker of all of them.

3 The clever sees danger and hides, but the simple go on and suffer.

4 The reward of humility [is] the fear of Yahweh-- wealth and honor and life.

5 Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the perverse; he who guards himself will keep away from them.

6 Train the child {concerning his way}; even when he is old, he will not stray from it.

7 The rich will rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave of {the lender}.

8 He who sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his anger will fail.

9 He [who] {is generous} will be blessed, for he gives to the poor from his [own] bread.

10 Drive out a scoffer and strife will go out; quarrel and abuse will cease.

11 He who loves purity of heart [and has]{gracious speech}, his friend [is the] king.

12 The eyes of Yahweh keep watch over knowledge, but he will overthrow the words of the faithless.

13 A lazy person says "A lion in the street! In the middle of the highway, I shall be killed!"

14 A deep pit is the mouth of an {adulteress}, [he with whom] Yahweh is angry will fall there.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy; [the] rod of discipline will drive it from him.

16 He who oppresses the poor [in order] to enrich himself, [or] gives to the rich, {will come to poverty}.