King James Bible

Proverbs 20

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Chapter 21

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. 

 

 


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