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Proverbs 21 - NIV


In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.


A person may think their own ways are right,
but the Lord weighs the heart.


To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.


Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.


The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty.


A fortune made by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.[a]


The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
for they refuse to do what is right.


The way of the guilty is devious,
but the conduct of the innocent is upright.


Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.


The wicked crave evil;
their neighbors get no mercy from them.


When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.


The Righteous One[b] takes note of the house of the wicked
and brings the wicked to ruin.


Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.


A gift given in secret soothes anger,
and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.


When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.


Whoever strays from the path of prudence
comes to rest in the company of the dead.


Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.


The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
and the unfaithful for the upright.


Better to live in a desert
than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.


The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
but fools gulp theirs down.


Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity[c] and honor.


One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty
and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.


Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
keep themselves from calamity.


The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
behaves with insolent fury.


The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work.

26 All day long he craves for more,
but the righteous give without sparing.


The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—
how much more so when brought with evil intent!


A false witness will perish,
but a careful listener will testify successfully.


The wicked put up a bold front,
but the upright give thought to their ways.


There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the Lord.


The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the Lord.


a. Proverbs 21:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death
b. Proverbs 21:12 Or The righteous person
c. Proverbs 21:21 Or righteousness

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Summary: Understanding the Buzz Words of Christianity
Series: Buzz Words
Scripture: Proverbs 21:4
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Scripture: Proverbs 21:1-2
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 267
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Shared by: Tim Pollock on May, 2016
Summary: Sermon Series by Dr. Tim Pollock
Scripture: Proverbs 21:9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 165
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Crave after righteousness
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Apr, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD rewards those who are seekers of righteousness, mercy and loving-kindness, and GOD adds more currency of Heaven to the seeker of righteousness such as life and honor
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Shared by: bala samson on Apr, 2016
Summary: The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance! Hurray!
Scripture: Proverbs 21:5
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 159
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Speak Life / Taming The Tongue
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Sep, 2015
Summary: Abraham Lincoln said, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." Beloved, you can speak life or death. Tame the tongue...and speak life.
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Shared by: John McCormack on Feb, 2015
Scripture: Proverbs 21:3
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 621
William R. Nabaza avatar
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jan, 2015
Summary: To show what wickedness can do for you if you don't heed and obey GOD's WORDS.
Scripture: Proverbs 21:1
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 359
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A wise man scales and brings down
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jan, 2015
Summary: To show what can a wise man do.
Scripture: Proverbs 21:22
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 378
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Poor man's love
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jan, 2015
Summary: To show that only the LORD can provide pleasures and He has given us His HOLY SPIRIT as Wine and Oil to fill us with joy here on earth.
Scripture: Proverbs 21:17
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,030
Jim Kilson avatar
The Most Dangerous Word
Shared by: Jim Kilson on Nov, 2014
Summary: Part 7 of 8 in a series covering words in the Bible that are all too often overlooked or ignored.
Series: Words
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 2,474
Tommy Jackson avatar
Fast & Furious Part 3
Shared by: Tommy Jackson on Aug, 2014
Summary: Running wide open financially will get you there fast, but is it worth it? Or is it time to slow down and be a little more careful with your finances?
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Aug, 2014
Summary: To show that GOD's Love is able to exchange people on our behalf just to save us and the wicked and transgressor to "enjoy" doom and destruction.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Proverbs 21:18
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 680
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Wise Speaking
Shared by: Bruce Goettsche on Aug, 2014
Summary: Words matter. Proverbs gives us some advice on how to speak well.
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Vindication of the Wise Believer
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Sep, 2013
Summary: No matter what the trend, God and truth prevail in the end!
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Sep, 2013
Summary: Are we too mentally lazy to think? Being wise will help you rise!
Scripture: Proverbs 21:20-23
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 833
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Sep, 2013
Summary: The way of wisdom is a marathon that requires endurance, balance, perspective, and nurturing good relationships.
Scripture: Proverbs 21:16-19
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 642
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Aug, 2013
Summary: Human beings are social beings, as is God; therefore, we must learn both how society works and how we can honor God living among others.
Scripture: Proverbs 21:12-15
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 915
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Aug, 2013
Summary: We have to live life in the real world, not the ideal world. We need real help, not idealistic theories.
Scripture: Proverbs 21:9-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 508
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Aug, 2013
Summary: Life is usually smoother if you make short term sacrifices for greater future benefit. Are you a short term or long term person?
Scripture: Proverbs 21:5-8
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,591
Tom Shepard avatar
Proverbs 21 - On Life and Conduct
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Jun, 2013
Summary: A verse by verse look at Proverbs chapter 21.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:1-31
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 1,631
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No Debate Concerning Who’s God
Shared by: Rodney Johnson Sr., on Feb, 2013
Summary: Prior to elections, there are several debates to aid us in selecting a leader. However; there has never been a debate about who’s the God of this universe.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 467
David Rigg avatar
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Shared by: David Rigg on Nov, 2012
Summary: This sermon is useful at election time. It encourages Christians to get out and vote!
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:1-8
Views: 3,187
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Shared by: charles clary on Jun, 2011
Summary: This sermon lays the axe to the root of the deadly sin of gambling.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:25-26
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 744
Davon Huss avatar
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Shared by: Davon Huss on Feb, 2011
Summary: A sermon for the family on various Proverbs about being quarrelsome and ill-tempered (Outline came through e-mail to me. I don't know who the author is)
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:9
Views: 3,183
Howard Strickland avatar
Advice, that Will Bring Blessings pt.2
Shared by: Howard Strickland on Mar, 2010
Summary: The wisdom of God is all important, and when you go after Him you will receive it, little by little. Verse upon verse teach from the book of Proverbs.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:1-31
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,024
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A Better Way
Shared by: ken crow on Feb, 2010
Summary: Jesus Christ is about healing hurts and changing lives.
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:21
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 10,445
Greg Nance avatar
God's Hand in Haiti
Shared by: Greg Nance on Jan, 2010
Summary: This message is a response to the crisis in Haiti. May God bless and provide for those who are suffering there and may we be His hands and feet!
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Shared by: Jerry Flury on Sep, 2009
Summary: If we are to have revival and a fresh outpouring from God it is necessary for us to see ourselves as God sees us. This includes understanding where God wants us to be, where we are at, and how to get back to where we should be.
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: Proverbs 21:2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 9,061
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Shared by: Aaron Mishoe on Apr, 2009
Summary: Learn to save for future expences and break the cycle of going deeper into debt.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Proverbs 21:5
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 866