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

From the oremus Bible Browser https://bible.oremus.org v2.5.2 2 April 2021.