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Chapter 21

1Rivulets of waters [is] the heart of a king in the hand of Jehovah, Wherever He pleaseth He inclineth it. 2Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering hearts. 3To do righteousness and judgment, Is chosen of Jehovah rather than sacrifice. 4Loftiness of eyes, and breadth of heart, Tillage of the wicked [is] sin. 5The purposes of the diligent [are] only to advantage, And of every hasty one, only to want. 6The making of treasures by a lying tongue, [Is] a vanity driven away of those seeking death. 7The spoil of the wicked catcheth them, Because they have refused to do judgment. 8Froward [is] the way of a man who is vile, And the pure -- upright [is] his work. 9Better to sit on a corner of the roof, Than [with] a woman of contentions and a house of company. 10The soul of the wicked hath desired evil, Not gracious in his eyes is his neighbour. 11When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise, And in giving understanding to the wise He receiveth knowledge. 12The Righteous One is acting wisely Towards the house of the wicked, He is overthrowing the wicked for wickedness. 13Whoso is shutting his ear from the cry of the poor, He also doth cry, and is not answered. 14A gift in secret pacifieth anger, And a bribe in the bosom strong fury. 15To do justice [is] joy to the righteous, But ruin to workers of iniquity. 16A man who is wandering from the way of understanding, In an assembly of Rephaim resteth. 17Whoso [is] loving mirth [is] a poor man, Whoso is loving wine and oil maketh no wealth. 18The wicked [is] an atonement for the righteous, And for the upright the treacherous dealer. 19Better to dwell in a wilderness land, Than [with] a woman of contentions and anger. 20A treasure to be desired, and oil, [Is] in the habitation of the wise, And a foolish man swalloweth it up. 21Whoso is pursuing righteousness and kindness, Findeth life, righteousness, and honour. 22A city of the mighty hath the wise gone up, And bringeth down the strength of its confidence. 23Whoso is keeping his mouth and his tongue, Is keeping from adversities his soul. 24Proud, haughty, scorner [is] his name, Who is working in the wrath of pride. 25The desire of the slothful slayeth him, For his hands have refused to work. 26All the day desiring he hath desired, And the righteous giveth and withholdeth not. 27The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination, Much more when in wickedness he bringeth it. 28A false witness doth perish, And an attentive man for ever speaketh. 29A wicked man hath hardened by his face, And the upright -- he prepareth his way. 30There is no wisdom, nor understanding, Nor counsel, over-against Jehovah. 31A horse is prepared for a day of battle, And the deliverance [is] of Jehovah!

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