Proverbs 21
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1  Like channeled water is the mind of the king in Hashem’s hand; He directs it to whatever He wishes.

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

2  All the ways of a man seem right to him, But Hashem probes the mind.

ב  כָּל־דֶּרֶךְ־אִישׁ יָשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו וְתֹכֵן לִבּוֹת יְהוָה׃

3  To do what is right and just Is more desired by Hashem than sacrifice.

ג  עֲשֹׂה צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט נִבְחָר לַיהוָה מִזָּבַח׃

4  Haughty looks, a proud heart— The tillage of the wicked is sinful.

ד  רוּם־עֵינַיִם וּרְחַב־לֵב נִר רְשָׁעִים חַטָּאת׃

5  The plans of the diligent make only for gain; All rash haste makes only for loss.

ה  מַחְשְׁבוֹת חָרוּץ אַךְ־לְמוֹתָר וְכָל־אָץ אַךְ־לְמַחְסוֹר׃

6  Treasures acquired by a lying tongue Are like driven vapor, heading for extinction.

ו  פֹּעַל אוֹצָרוֹת בִּלְשׁוֹן שָׁקֶר הֶבֶל נִדָּף מְבַקְשֵׁי־מָוֶת׃

7  The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, For they refuse to act justly.

ז  שֹׁד־רְשָׁעִים יְגוֹרֵם כִּי מֵאֲנוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט׃

8  The way of a man may be tortuous and strange, Though his actions are blameless and proper.

ח  הֲפַכְפַּךְ דֶּרֶךְ אִישׁ וָזָר וְזַךְ יָשָׁר פָּעֳלוֹ׃

9  Dwelling in the corner of a roof is better Than a contentious wife in a spacious house.

ט  טוֹב לָשֶׁבֶת עַל־פִּנַּת־גָּג מֵאֵשֶׁת מִדְיָנִים וּבֵית חָבֶר׃

10  The desire of the wicked is set upon evil; His fellowman finds no favor in his eyes.

י  נֶפֶשׁ רָשָׁע אִוְּתָה־רָע לֹא־יֻחַן בְּעֵינָיו רֵעֵהוּ׃

11  When a scoffer is punished, the simple man is edified; When a wise man is taught, he gains insight.

יא  בַּעְנָשׁ־לֵץ יֶחְכַּם־פֶּתִי וּבְהַשְׂכִּיל לְחָכָם יִקַּח־דָּעַת׃

12  The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked man; He subverts the wicked to their ruin.

יב  מַשְׂכִּיל צַדִּיק לְבֵית רָשָׁע מְסַלֵּף רְשָׁעִים לָרָע׃

13  Who stops his ears at the cry of the wretched, He too will call and not be answered.

יג  אֹטֵם אָזְנוֹ מִזַּעֲקַת־דָּל גַּם־הוּא יִקְרָא וְלֹא יֵעָנֶה׃

14  A gift in secret subdues anger, A present in private, fierce rage.

יד  מַתָּן בַּסֵּתֶר יִכְפֶּה־אָף וְשֹׁחַד בַּחֵק חֵמָה עַזָּה׃

15  Justice done is a joy to the righteous, To evildoers, ruination.

טו  שִׂמְחָה לַצַּדִּיק עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וּמְחִתָּה לְפֹעֲלֵי אָוֶן׃

16  A man who strays from the path of prudence Will rest in the company of ghosts.

טז  אָדָם תּוֹעֶה מִדֶּרֶךְ הַשְׂכֵּל בִּקְהַל רְפָאִים יָנוּחַ׃

17  He who loves pleasure comes to want; He who loves wine and oil does not grow rich.

יז  אִישׁ מַחְסוֹר אֹהֵב שִׂמְחָה אֹהֵב יַיִן־וָשֶׁמֶן לֹא יַעֲשִׁיר׃

18  The wicked are the ransom of the righteous; The traitor comes in place of the upright.

יח  כֹּפֶר לַצַּדִּיק רָשָׁע וְתַחַת יְשָׁרִים בּוֹגֵד׃

19  It is better to live in the desert Than with a contentious, vexatious wife.

יט  טוֹב שֶׁבֶת בְּאֶרֶץ־מִדְבָּר מֵאֵשֶׁת מדונים [מִדְיָנִים] וָכָעַס׃

20  Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise man, And a fool of a man will run through them.

כ  אוֹצָר נֶחְמָד וָשֶׁמֶן בִּנְוֵה חָכָם וּכְסִיל אָדָם יְבַלְּעֶנּוּ׃

21  He who strives to do good and kind deeds Attains life, success, and honor.

כא  רֹדֵף צְדָקָה וָחָסֶד יִמְצָא חַיִּים צְדָקָה וְכָבוֹד׃

22  One wise man prevailed over a city of warriors And brought down its mighty stronghold.

כב  עִיר גִּבֹּרִים עָלָה חָכָם וַיֹּרֶד עֹז מִבְטֶחָה׃

23  He who guards his mouth and tongue Guards himself from trouble.

כג  שֹׁמֵר פִּיו וּלְשׁוֹנוֹ שֹׁמֵר מִצָּרוֹת נַפְשׁוֹ׃

24  The proud, insolent man, scoffer is his name, Acts in a frenzy of insolence.

כד  זֵד יָהִיר לֵץ שְׁמוֹ עוֹשֶׂה בְּעֶבְרַת זָדוֹן׃

25  The craving of a lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to work.

כה  תַּאֲוַת עָצֵל תְּמִיתֶנּוּ כִּי־מֵאֲנוּ יָדָיו לַעֲשׂוֹת׃

26  All day long he is seized with craving While the righteous man gives without stint.

כו  כָּל־הַיּוֹם הִתְאַוָּה תַאֲוָה וְצַדִּיק יִתֵּן וְלֹא יַחְשֹׂךְ׃

27  The sacrifice of the wicked man is an abomination, The more so as he offers it in depravity.

כז  זֶבַח רְשָׁעִים תּוֹעֵבָה אַף כִּי־בְזִמָּה יְבִיאֶנּוּ׃

28  A false witness is doomed, But one who really heard will testify with success.

כח  עֵד־כְּזָבִים יֹאבֵד וְאִישׁ שׁוֹמֵעַ לָנֶצַח יְדַבֵּר׃

29  The wicked man is brazen-faced; The upright man discerns his course.

כט  הֵעֵז אִישׁ רָשָׁע בְּפָנָיו וְיָשָׁר הוּא יכין [יָבִין] דרכיו [דַּרְכּוֹ׃]

30  No wisdom, no prudence, and no counsel Can prevail against Hashem.

ל  אֵין חָכְמָה וְאֵין תְּבוּנָה וְאֵין עֵצָה לְנֶגֶד יְהוָה׃

31  The horse is readied for the day of battle, But victory comes from 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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