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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 21

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1 The Kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the riuers of waters: he turneth it whithersoeuer it pleaseth him.

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2 Euery way of a man is right in his owne eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

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3 To doe iustice and iudgement is more acceptable to the Lord then sacrifice.

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4 A hautie looke, and a proude heart, which is the light of the wicked, is sinne.

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5 The thoughtes of the diligent doe surely bring abundance: but whosoeuer is hastie, commeth surely to pouertie.

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6 The gathering of treasures by a deceitfull tongue is vanitie tossed to and from of them that seeke death.

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7 The robberie of the wicked shall destroy them: for they haue refused to execute iudgement.

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8 The way of some is peruerted and strange: but of the pure man, his worke is right.

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9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top, then with a contentious woman in a wide house.

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10 The soule of the wicked wisheth euill: and his neighbour hath no fauour in his eyes.

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11 When the scorner is punished, the foolish is wise: and when one instructeth the wise, he wil receiue knowledge.

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12 The righteous teacheth the house of the wicked: but God ouerthroweth the wicked for their euill.

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13 He that stoppeth his eare at the crying of the poore, he shall also cry and not be heard.

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14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a gift in the bosome great wrath.

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15 It is ioye to the iust to doe iudgement: but destruction shalbe to the workers of iniquitie.

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16 A man that wandreth out of the way of wisdome, shall remaine in the congregation of the dead.

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17 Hee that loueth pastime, shalbe a poore man: and he that loueth wine and oyle, shall not be riche.

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18 The wicked shalbe a ransome for the iust, and the transgressour for the righteous.

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19 It is better to dwell in the wildernesse, then with a contentious and angry woman.

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20 In the house of the wise is a pleasant treasure and oyle: but a foolish man deuoureth it.

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21 He that followeth after righteousnes and mercy, shall finde life, righteousnes, and glory.

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22 A wise man goeth vp into the citie of the mightie, and casteth downe the strength of the confidence thereof.

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23 He that keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soule from afflictions.

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24 Proude, hautie and scornefull is his name that worketh in his arrogancie wrath.

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25 The desire of the slouthfull slayeth him: for his hands refuse to worke.

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26 He coueteth euermore greedily, but the righteous giueth and spareth not.

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27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more when he bringeth it with a wicked minde?

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28 A false witnes shall perish: but hee that heareth, speaketh continually.

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29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but the iust, he will direct his way.

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30 There is no wisedome, neither vnderstanding, nor counsell against the Lord.

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31 The horse is prepared against the day of battell: but saluation is of the Lord.

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