Proverbs 21
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1  The king’s heart is in the hand of Hashem as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever He will.

א  פַּלְגֵי מַיִם לֶב מֶלֶךְ בְּיַד יְהוָה עַל כָּל אֲשֶׁר יַחְפֹּץ יַטֶּנּוּ.

2  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but Hashem weigheth the hearts.

ב  כָּל דֶּרֶךְ אִישׁ יָשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו וְתֹכֵן לִבּוֹת יְהוָה.

3  To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to Hashem than sacrifice.

ג  עֲשֹׂה צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט נִבְחָר לַיהוָה מִזָּבַח.

4  A haughty look, and a proud heart– the tillage of the wicked is sin.

ד  רוּם עֵינַיִם וּרְחַב לֵב נִר רְשָׁעִים חַטָּאת.

5  The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.

ה  מַחְשְׁבוֹת חָרוּץ אַךְ לְמוֹתָר וְכָל אָץ אַךְ לְמַחְסוֹר.

6  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro; they [that seek them] seek death.

ו  פֹּעַל אֹצָרוֹת בִּלְשׁוֹן שָׁקֶר הֶבֶל נִדָּף מְבַקְשֵׁי מָוֶת.

7  The violence of the wicked shall drag them away; because they refuse to do justly.

ז  שֹׁד רְשָׁעִים יְגוֹרֵם כִּי מֵאֲנוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט.

8  The way of man is froward and strange; but as for the pure, his work is right.

ח  הֲפַכְפַּךְ דֶּרֶךְ אִישׁ וָזָר וְזַךְ יָשָׁר פָּעֳלוֹ.

9  It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.

ט  טוֹב לָשֶׁבֶת עַל פִּנַּת גָּג מֵאֵשֶׁת מִדְיָנִים וּבֵית חָבֶר.

10  The soul of the wicked desireth evil; his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

י  נֶפֶשׁ רָשָׁע אִוְּתָה רָע לֹא יֻחַן בְּעֵינָיו רֵעֵהוּ.

11  When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

יא  בַּעֲנָשׁ לֵץ יֶחְכַּם פֶּתִי וּבְהַשְׂכִּיל לְחָכָם יִקַּח דָּעַת.

12  The Righteous One considereth the house of the wicked; overthrowing the wicked to their ruin.

יב  מַשְׂכִּיל צַדִּיק לְבֵית רָשָׁע מְסַלֵּף רְשָׁעִים לָרָע.

13  Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be answered.

יג  אֹטֵם אָזְנוֹ מִזַּעֲקַת דָּל גַּם הוּא יִקְרָא וְלֹא יֵעָנֶה.

14  A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath.

יד  מַתָּן בַּסֵּתֶר יִכְפֶּה אָף וְשֹׁחַד בַּחֵק חֵמָה עַזָּה.

15  To do justly is joy to the righteous, but ruin to the workers of iniquity.

טו  שִׂמְחָה לַצַּדִּיק עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וּמְחִתָּה לְפֹעֲלֵי אָוֶן.

16  The man that strayeth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of the shades.

טז  אָדָם תּוֹעֶה מִדֶּרֶךְ הַשְׂכֵּל בִּקְהַל רְפָאִים יָנוּחַ.

17  He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

יז  אִישׁ מַחְסוֹר אֹהֵב שִׂמְחָה אֹהֵב יַיִן וָשֶׁמֶן לֹא יַעֲשִׁיר.

18  The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; and the faithless cometh in the stead of the upright.

יח  כֹּפֶר לַצַּדִּיק רָשָׁע וְתַחַת יְשָׁרִים בּוֹגֵד.

19  It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.

יט  טוֹב שֶׁבֶת בְּאֶרֶץ מִדְבָּר מֵאֵשֶׁת מדונים (מִדְיָנִים) וָכָעַס.

20  There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swalloweth it up.

כ  אוֹצָר נֶחְמָד וָשֶׁמֶן בִּנְוֵה חָכָם וּכְסִיל אָדָם יְבַלְּעֶנּוּ.

21  He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, prosperity, and honour.

כא  רֹדֵף צְדָקָה וָחָסֶד יִמְצָא חַיִּים צְדָקָה וְכָבוֹד.

22  A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the stronghold wherein it trusteth.

כב  עִיר גִּבֹּרִים עָלָה חָכָם וַיֹּרֶד עֹז מִבְטֶחָה.

23  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

כג  שֹׁמֵר פִּיו וּלְשׁוֹנוֹ שֹׁמֵר מִצָּרוֹת נַפְשׁוֹ.

24  A proud and haughty man, scorner is his name, even he that dealeth in overbearing pride.

כד  זֵד יָהִיר לֵץ שְׁמוֹ עוֹשֶׂה בְּעֶבְרַת זָדוֹן.

25  The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

כה  תַּאֲוַת עָצֵל תְּמִיתֶנּוּ כִּי מֵאֲנוּ יָדָיו לַעֲשׂוֹת.

26  There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

כו  כָּל הַיּוֹם הִתְאַוָּה תַאֲוָה וְצַדִּיק יִתֵּן וְלֹא יַחְשֹׂךְ.

27  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with the proceeds of wickedness?

כז  זֶבַח רְשָׁעִים תּוֹעֵבָה אַף כִּי בְזִמָּה יְבִיאֶנּוּ.

28  A false witness shall perish; but the man that obeyeth shall speak unchallenged.

כח  עֵד כְּזָבִים יֹאבֵד וְאִישׁ שׁוֹמֵעַ לָנֶצַח יְדַבֵּר.

29  A wicked man hardeneth his face; but as for the upright, he looketh well to his way.

כט  הֵעֵז אִישׁ רָשָׁע בְּפָנָיו וְיָשָׁר הוּא יכין דרכיו (יָבִין דַּרְכּוֹ).

30  There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Hashem.

ל  אֵין חָכְמָה וְאֵין תְּבוּנָה וְאֵין עֵצָה לְנֶגֶד יְהוָה.

31  The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but victory is of Hashem.

sus mu-KHAN l’-YOM mil-kha-MAH v’-la-do-NAI ha-t’-shu-AH.

לא  סוּס מוּכָן לְיוֹם מִלְחָמָה וְלַיהוָה הַתְּשׁוּעָה.

21:31   But victory is of the LORD

Throughout the Bible, horses are mentioned as an animal of war. Here, King Solomon is emphasizing an important lesson that is no less true today than when he said it centuries ago: man prepares as much as possible, but ultimately, all victory and success comes only from God.


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    Vs. 31
    This verse is great for me in regards to a girl I am perusing. I will peruse her with the hopes of winning her heart, but know full well that she may not be from the Lord. But still I will peruse. Sometimes, I believe, there are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome. The mere presence of an army will cause the opponent to stand and take notice. So it is with love!

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