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Proverbs 21: 1-17

21The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
   he turns it wherever he will.
2 All deeds are right in the sight of the doer,
   but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 To do righteousness and justice
   is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
   the lamp of the wicked—are sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
   but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
   is a fleeting vapour and a snare* of death.
7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
   because they refuse to do what is just.
8 The way of the guilty is crooked,
   but the conduct of the pure is right.
9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
   than in a house shared with a contentious wife.
10 The souls of the wicked desire evil;
   their neighbours find no mercy in their eyes.
11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wiser;
   when the wise are instructed, they increase in knowledge.
12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
   he casts the wicked down to ruin.
13 If you close your ear to the cry of the poor,
   you will cry out and not be heard.
14 A gift in secret averts anger;
   and a concealed bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous,
   but dismay to evildoers.
16 Whoever wanders from the way of understanding
   will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17 Whoever loves pleasure will suffer want;
   whoever loves wine and oil will not be rich.

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