Proverbs 21 for the 21st day of March, 2018

Day 21     Proverbs 21


Voice talent by Don Bratschie

21:1 The king's heart is in the Lord's hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.


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


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


21:4 A high look, and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.


21:5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.


21:6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.


21:7 The violence of the wicked will drive them away, because they refuse to do what is right.


21:8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.


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


21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.


21:11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.


21:12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked, and brings the wicked to ruin.


21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he will also cry out, but shall not be heard.


21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger; and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.


21:15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.


21:16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall rest in the assembly of the dead.


21:17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man. He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.


21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; the treacherous for the upright.


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


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


21:21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.


21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the strength of its confidence.


21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.


21:24 The proud and haughty man, "scoffer" is his name; he works in the arrogance of pride.


21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.


21:26 There are those who covet greedily all day long; but the righteous give and don't withhold.


21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!


21:28 A false witness will perish, and a man who listens speaks to eternity.


21:29 A wicked man hardens his face; but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.


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

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