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21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
21:26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? 21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

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Everything King James Bible:Proverbs
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Proverbs
Book: Proverbs
Chapter: 21


1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every Heart as
he sees fit, like the Husbandman who turns the water through his
grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own Heart, and the
hearts of others, directed in his Faith, fear, and Love. 2. We
are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. 3. Many
deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will
excuse unrighteousness. 4. Sin is the pride, the ambition, the
Glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. 5. The really
diligent employ foresight as Well as labour. 6. While men seek
wealth By unlawful practices, they seek Death. 7. Injustice
will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for
ever. 8. The way of mankind By nature is froward and strange.

9. It is best to shun Bitter contention By pouring out the
Heart before God. For By prudence and patience, with constant
Prayer, the Cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a
wicked Man's Heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The
simple may be made Wise By punishments On the wicked, and By
instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good
men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a
Curse On them. 13. Such as oppress the Poor By beating down
Wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those
in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do Justice,
stop their ears at the cry of the Poor. But doubtless care is to
be used in the Exercise of Charity. 14. If Money can conquer
the Fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the
command of Christ, be too weak to Bridle them? 15. There is
true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all
wanderers in the ways of Sin, those are in the most dangerous
condition who turn aside into the ways of Darkness. Yet there is
Hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them
flee to him without delay. 17. A Life of worldly pleasure
brings ruin On men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out
of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and So seems as a
Ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of
all relations. 20. The plenty obtained By prudence, industry,
and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they
have upon their lusts. 21. True Repentance and Faith will lead
him that relies On the Mercy of God in Christ, to follow after
Righteousness and Mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that
have Wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident
of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our
souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and
haughtiness make men passionate; such continually Deal in wrath,
as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the
misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an
honest Calling, By which they might get an honest livelihood;
yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and
honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the
righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27.
When Holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that
especially is an Abomination. 28. The doom of a false Witness
is certain. 29. A wicked Man bids defiance to the terrors of
the Law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good Man asks, What
does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but,
after all, our safety and Salvation are only of the Lord. In our
spiritual warfare we must Arm ourselves with the whole Armour of
God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of
his might.

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