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Proverbs, Chapter 21
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   1: The king's heart in the hands of the Lord is like the water streams, and by him it is turned in any direction at his pleasure.
   2: Every way of a man seems right to himself, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.
   3: To do what is right and true is more pleasing to the Lord than an offering.
   4: A high look and a heart of pride, *** of the evil-doer is sin.
   5: The purposes of the man of industry have their outcome only in wealth; but one who is over-quick in acting will only come to be in need.
   6: He who gets stores of wealth by a false tongue, is going after what is only breath, and searching for death.
   7: By their violent acts the evil-doers will be pulled away, because they have no desire to do what is right.
   8: Twisted is the way of him who is full of crime; but as for him whose heart is clean, his work is upright.
   9: It is better to be living in an angle of the house-top, than with a bitter-tongued woman in a wide house.
   10: The desire of the evil-doer is fixed on evil: he has no kind feeling for his neighbour.
   11: When the man of pride undergoes punishment, the simple man gets wisdom; and by watching the wise he gets knowledge.
   12: The Upright One, looking on the house of the evil-doer, lets sinners be overturned to their destruction.
   13: He whose ears are stopped at the cry of the poor, will himself get no answer to his cry for help.
   14: By a secret offering wrath is turned away, and the heat of angry feelings by money in the folds of the robe.
   15: It is a joy to the good man to do right, but it is destruction to the workers of evil.
   16: The wanderer from the way of knowledge will have his resting-place among the shades.
   17: The lover of pleasure will be a poor man: the lover of wine and oil will not get wealth.
   18: The evil-doer will be given as a price for the life of the good man, and the worker of deceit in the place of the upright.
   19: It is better to be living in a waste land, than with a bitter-tongued and angry woman.
   20: There is a store of great value in the house of the wise, but it is wasted by the foolish man.
   21: He who goes after righteousness and mercy will get life, righteousness, and honour.
   22: A wise man goes up into the town of the strong ones, and overcomes its strength in which they put their faith.
   23: He who keeps watch over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
   24: The man of pride, lifted up in soul, is named high-hearted; he is acting in an outburst of pride.
   25: The desire of the hater of work is death to him, for his hands will do no work.
   26: All the day the sinner goes after his desire: but the upright man gives freely, keeping nothing back.
   27: The offering of evil-doers is disgusting: how much more when they give it with an evil purpose!
   28: A false witness will be cut off, ...
   29: The evil-doer makes his face hard, but as for the upright, he gives thought to his way.
   30: Wisdom and knowledge and wise suggestions are of no use against the Lord.
   31: The horse is made ready for the day of war, but power to overcome is from the Lord.

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