King James VersionProverbs21


1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of wa­ter: he tur­neth it whith­er­so­ev­er he will.
2 Ev­ery way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pon­dereth the hearts.
3 To do jus­tice and judg­ment is more ac­cept­able to the LORD than sac­ri­fice.
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plow­ing of the wicked, is sin.
5 The thoughts of the dili­gent tend only to plen­teous­ness; but of ev­ery one that is hasty only to want.
6 The get­ting of trea­sures by a ly­ing tongue is a van­i­ty tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
7 The rob­bery of the wicked shall de­stroy them; be­cause they refuse to do judg­ment.
8 The way of man is froward 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 de­sireth evil: his neigh­bour find­eth no favour in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is pun­ished, the sim­ple is made wise: and when the wise is in­struct­ed, he re­ceiveth knowl­edge.
12 The righ­teous man wise­ly con­sid­ereth the house of the wicked: but God over­throweth the wicked for their wicked­ness.
13 Whoso stop­peth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry him­self, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in se­cret paci­fi­eth anger: and a re­ward in the bo­som strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judg­ment: but de­struc­tion shall be to the work­ers of in­iq­ui­ty.
16 The man that wan­dereth out of the way of un­der­stand­ing shall re­main in the con­gre­ga­tion of the dead.
17 He that loveth plea­sure shall be a poor man: he that loveth 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 spendeth it up.
21 He that fol­loweth af­ter righ­teous­ness and mer­cy find­eth life, righ­teous­ness, and hon­our.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the con­fi­dence there­of.
23 Whoso keep­eth his mouth and his tongue keep­eth his soul from trou­bles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 The de­sire of the sloth­ful kil­leth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26 He cov­eteth greed­i­ly all the day long: but the righ­teous giveth and spareth not.
27 The sac­ri­fice of the wicked is abom­i­na­tion: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28 A false wit­ness shall per­ish: but the man that heareth speaketh con­stant­ly.
29 A wicked man hard­eneth his face: but as for the up­right, he di­recteth his way.
30 There is no wis­dom nor un­der­stand­ing nor coun­sel against the LORD.
31 The horse is pre­pared against the day of bat­tle: but safe­ty is of the LORD.