The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 21:1–31

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The king's heart is in the hand of YHWH as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever He will.

As a rush of water, so is the king’s heart in God’s hand: he turns it whithersoever he may desire to point out.

Just as with the dividing of the waters, so also is the heart of the king in the hand of the Lord. He shall bend it whichever way he wills.

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Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but YHWH weigheth the hearts.

Every man seems to himself righteous; but the Lord directs the hearts.

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To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to YHWH than sacrifice.

To do justly and to speak truth, are more pleasing to God than the blood of sacrifices.

He who does righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than he who offers a sacrifice.

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A haughty look, and a proud heart--the tillage of the wicked is sin.

A high-minded man is stout-hearted in his pride; and the lamp of the wicked is sin.

To lift up the eyes is to enlarge the heart. The lamp of the impious is sin.

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The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.

The intentions of the robust continually bring forth abundance. But all the lazy are continually in need.

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The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro; they that seek them seek death.

He that gathers treasures with a lying tongue pursues vanity on to the snares of death.

Whoever gathers treasures by a lying tongue is vain and heartless. And he will stumble into the snares of death.

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The violence of the wicked shall drag them away; because they refuse to do justly.

Destruction shall lodge with the ungodly; for they refuse to do justly.

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The way of man is froward and strange; but as for the pure, his work is right.

To the froward God sends froward ways; for his works are pure and right.

He who perverts his own way acts strangely; but he who is pure, his works are right.

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It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.

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10  The soul of the wicked desireth evil; his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

10  The soul of the ungodly shall not be pitied by any man.

10  The soul of a wicked man is hidden from his neighbor's eyes.

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11  When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

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12  The Righteous One considereth the house of the wicked; overthrowing the wicked to their ruin.

12  A righteous man understands the hearts of the ungodly: and despises the ungodly for their wickedness.

12  The just thinks carefully about the house of the impious, so that he may draw the impious away from evil.

13  Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be answered.

13  He that stops his ears from hearing the poor, himself also shall cry, and there shall be none to hear him.

13  Whoever blocks his ears to the outcry of the poor shall also cry out himself, and he will not be heeded.

14  A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath.

14  A secret gift calms anger: but he that forbears to give stirs up strong wrath.

14  A surprise gift extinguishes anger. And a gift concealed in the bosom extinguishes the greatest indignation.

15  To do justly is joy to the righteous, but ruin to the workers of iniquity.

15  It is the joy of the righteous to do judgement: but a holy man is abominable with evil-doers.

15  It is gladness for the just to do judgment; and it is dread for those who work iniquity.

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16  The man that strayeth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of the shades.

16  A man who wanders astray from the way of doctrine will linger in the company of the giants.

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17  He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

17  A poor man loves mirth, loving wine and oil in abundance;

17  Whoever loves a feast will be in deprivation. Whoever loves wine and fatness will not be enriched.

18  The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; and the faithless cometh in the stead of the upright.

18  and a transgressor is the abomination of a righteous man.

18  The impious is given over instead of the just, and the iniquitous is given over in place of the upright.

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

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20  There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.

20  A desirable treasure will rest on the mouth of the wise; but foolish men will swallow it up.

20  A coveted treasure and ointment are in a dwelling place; but the wisdom and understanding of men shall dispense it.

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21  He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, prosperity, and honour.

21  The way of righteousness and mercy will find life and glory.

21  Whoever follows justice and mercy shall discover life, justice, and glory.

22  A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the stronghold wherein it trusteth.

22  A wise man assaults strong cities, and demolishes the fortress in which the ungodly trusted.

22  The wise has ascended the city of the strong, and he has torn down the bulwark of its confidence.

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23  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

23  Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue guards his soul from anguish.

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24  A proud and haughty man, scorner is his name, even he that dealeth in overbearing pride.

24  A bold and self-willed and insolent man is called a pest: and he that remembers injuries is a transgressor.

24  In his wrath a hasty and proud man commits iniquity.

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25  The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

25  Desires kill the sluggard; for his hands do not choose to do anything.

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26  There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

26  An ungodly man entertains evil desires all the day: but the righteous is unsparingly merciful and compassionate.

26  He covets and desires all day long. But whoever is just shall distribute and shall not cease.

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27  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with the proceeds of wickedness?

27  The sacrifices of the ungodly are abomination to the Lord, for they offer them wickedly.

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28  A false witness shall perish; but the man that obeyeth shall speak unchallenged.

28  A lying witness will perish. An obedient man shall speak of victory.

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29  A wicked man hardeneth his face; but as for the upright, he looketh well to his way.

29  An ungodly man impudently withstands with his face; but the upright man himself understands his ways.

29  The impious man insolently hardens his face. But whoever is upright corrects his own way.

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30  There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against YHWH.

30  There is no wisdom, there is no prudence, there is no counsel, which is against the Lord.

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31  The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but victory is of YHWH.

31  A horse is prepared for the day of battle; but help is of the Lord.

31  The horse may be prepared for the day of battle; but salvation is of the LORD.