Proverbs 21:1-16, The Lord Weighs the Hearts


1The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;

He turns it wherever He wishes.

2Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,

But the Lord weighs the hearts.

3To do righteousness and justice

Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.

4Haughty eyes and a proud heart,

The lamp of the wicked, is sin.

5The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,

But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

6The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue

Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.

7The violence of the wicked will drag them away,

Because they refuse to act with justice.

8The way of a guilty man is crooked,

But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.

9It is better to live in a corner of a roof

Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

10The soul of the wicked desires evil;

His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

11When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise;

But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

12The righteous one considers the house of the wicked,

Turning the wicked to ruin.

13He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor

Will also cry himself and not be answered.

14A gift in secret subdues anger,

And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

15The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,

But is terror to the workers of iniquity.

16A man who wanders from the way of understanding

Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: Why is the God great concern about my heart?