Proverbs 21

1To the Lord, a king’s mind is like a small ditch used to water the fields. The Lord can lead the king wherever he wants him to go. 2A person thinks everything he does is right. But the Lord judges the real reasons people do things. 3Do the things that are right and fair. The Lord loves that better than sacrifices. 4Proud looks and proud thoughts are sins. They show a person is evil. 5Careful plans can lead to profit. But if you are not careful, and you do things too quickly, then you will become poor. 6If you cheat to become rich, then your wealth will soon be gone. And your riches will lead you to death. 7The bad things that evil people do will destroy them. Those people refuse to do what is right. 8Bad people always try to cheat other people. But good people are honest and fair. 9It is better to live in a small corner of the attic than to share the house with a woman that is always arguing. 10Evil people always want to do more evil. And those people show no mercy to people around them. 11Punish the person who makes fun of God and foolish people will learn a lesson. They will become wise. And then they will gain more and more knowledge. 12God is good. God knows what evil people are doing, and he will punish them. 13If a person refuses to help poor people, then there will be no help for him when he needs it. 14If a person is angry with you, give him a gift in secret. A gift that is given in secret can stop great anger. 15Fair judgment makes good people happy. But it makes evil people very afraid. 16If a person leaves the way of wisdom, then he is going toward destruction. 17If having fun is the most important thing to a person, then that person will become poor. If that person loves wine and food, then he will never be rich. 18Evil people have to pay for all the bad things they do to good people. People who are not honest have to pay for the things they do to honest people. 19It is better to live in the desert than to live with a wife that has a short temper and loves to argue. 20A wise person saves the things he needs. But a foolish person uses everything as fast as he gets it. 21The person that always tries to show love and kindness will have a good life, wealth, and honor. 22A wise person can do almost anything. He can attack a city defended by strong men. And he can destroy the walls that they trusted to save them. 23If a person is careful about the things he says, then he saves himself from trouble. 24A proud person thinks he is better than other people. He shows that he is evil by the things he does. 25- 26A lazy person destroys himself when he wants more and more. He destroys himself because he refuses to work for those things. But a good person can give because he has plenty. 27The Lord is not happy when evil people offer him sacrifices, especially when those evil people are trying to get something from him. 28A person who tells lies will be destroyed. Any person who listens to those lies will be destroyed with him. 29A good person always knows that he is right. But an evil person has to pretend. 30There is no person who is wise enough to make a plan that can succeed if the Lord is against it. 31People can prepare everything for a battle, even the horses. But they can’t win unless the Lord gives them the victory.

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