Proverbs 21:17-31, The Man Who Listens to the Truth


17He who loves pleasure will become a poor man;

He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.

18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,

And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.

19It is better to live in a desert land

Than with a contentious and vexing woman.

20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,

But a foolish man swallows it up.

21He who pursues righteousness and loyalty

Finds life, righteousness and honor.

22A wise man scales the city of the mighty

And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

23He who guards his mouth and his tongue,

Guards his soul from troubles.

24″Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names,

Who acts with insolent pride.

25The desire of the sluggard puts him to death,

For his hands refuse to work;

26All day long he is craving,

While the righteous gives and does not hold back.

27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,

How much more when he brings it with evil intent!

28A false witness will perish,

But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.

29A wicked man displays a bold face,

But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

30There is no wisdom and no understanding

And no counsel against the Lord.

31The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

But victory belongs to the Lord.

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


Action: How should I guard my mouth and tongue?