Proverbs 21
.1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
.2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
 3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
 4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
 5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
   2 - Way of a man ... right Those who feel that the Bible writers are biased in favor of men overlook much. While women are often right in their own eyes, this sin is particularly common for men. "Man" should be considered generic. Compare pr1412.
 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
 7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
 8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
.9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
 10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
   9 - Better ... housetop Peace from nagging is seen here. The roof was commonly used for living space. Solomon didn't mention the nagging husband. We men are different but not better. Think of what might cause a wife to want to escape to the housetop – possibly the her husband's selfishness or unreasonable demands.
 11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
 12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
.13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
 15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  11 - Made wise Compare pr1925.
.16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
 19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
 20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
  16 - Wandereth ... remain Notice that he is already in that congregation. At death he is certainly a permanent member.
  19 - Better ... the wilderness See on v9.
 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
 22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
 24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
.25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
 26  He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
  21 - After righteousnes Right behavior toward others is rewarded.
  25 - Killeth him He starves to death. Work then meant growing food. 2th0310.
 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
 28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
 29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
 30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
 31  The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
   31 - Horse ... prepared But true security is in God.
Proverbs home
Commentary home