Proverbs 21:1-31 ERV

Proverbs 21:1-31 ERV [1] To the LORD, a king's mind is like a ditch used to water the fields. He can lead the king wherever he wants him to go. [2] People think that whatever they do is right, but the LORD judges the reasons for everything they do. [3] Do what is right and fair. The LORD loves that more than sacrifices. [4] Proud looks and proud thoughts are sins. They show a person is evil. [5] Careful planning leads to profit. Acting too quickly leads to poverty. [6] Wealth that comes from telling lies disappears quickly and leads to death. [7] The bad things that evil people do will destroy them, because they refuse to do what is right. [8] Criminals cause trouble wherever they go, but good people are honest and fair. [9] It is better to live in a small corner on the roof than to share the house with a woman who is always arguing. [10] Evil people always want to do more evil, and they show no mercy to people around them. [11] When you punish a proud person who laughs at what is right, even fools will learn something. But a little instruction is enough for the wise to learn what they should. [12] God is good. He knows what the wicked are doing, and he will punish them. [13] Those who refuse to help the poor will not receive help when they need it themselves. [14] If anyone is angry with you, give them a gift in private. A gift given in secret will calm even the strongest anger. [15] A decision that is fair makes good people happy, but it makes those who are evil very afraid. [16] Whoever leaves the path of wisdom will be on their way to an early death. [17] Loving pleasure leads to poverty. Wine and luxury will never make you wealthy. [18] The wicked must pay for what happens to good people-the cheaters will be taken in exchange for the honest. [19] It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quick-tempered wife who loves to argue. [20] Wise people save the nice things they have. Fools use up everything as soon as they get it. [21] People who try hard to do good and be faithful will find life, goodness, and honor. [22] A wise person can defeat a city full of warriors and tear down the defenses they trust in. [23] People who are careful about what they say will save themselves from trouble. [24] Proud people think they are better than others. They show they are evil by what they do. [25] Lazy people will cause their own destruction because they refuse to work. [26] Some people are greedy and never have enough. Good people are generous and have plenty. [27] God hates sacrifices from the wicked, especially when their reason for offering them is evil. [28] Witnesses who lie will be caught and punished. A careful listener will always be there to speak up. [29] Good people know they are right, but the wicked have to pretend. [30] There is no one wise enough to make a plan that can succeed if the LORD is against it. [31] You can prepare your horses for battle, but only the LORD can give you the victory.

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