Mishlei 21

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Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), Chapter 21

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 The king's heart is in the hand of HaShem, as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever He will.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but HaShem weigheth the hearts.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to HaShem than sacrifice.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 A haughty look, and a proud heart--the tillage of the wicked is sin.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro; they that seek them seek death.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 The violence of the wicked shall drag them away; because they refuse to do justly.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 The way of man is froward and strange; but as for the pure, his work is right.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil; his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 The Righteous One considereth the house of the wicked; overthrowing the wicked to their ruin.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be answered.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 To do justly is joy to the righteous, but ruin to the workers of iniquity.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 The man that strayeth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of the shades.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; and the faithless cometh in the stead of the upright.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, prosperity, and honour.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the stronghold wherein it trusteth.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 A proud and haughty man, scorner is his name, even he that dealeth in overbearing pride.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with the proceeds of wickedness?

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 A false witness shall perish; but the man that obeyeth shall speak unchallenged.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001C-QINU`"'29 A wicked man hardeneth his face; but as for the upright, he looketh well to his way.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001D-QINU`"'30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against HaShem.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001E-QINU`"'31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but victory is of HaShem.

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