Like the 1rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
2 aEvery way of a man is right in his own eyes,
bBut the Lord weighs the hearts.
3 cTo do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 dA haughty look, a proud heart,
And the 2plowing of the wicked are sin.
5 eThe plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
6 fGetting treasures by a lying tongue
3Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
7 The violence of the wicked will 4destroy them,
Because they refuse to do justice.
8 The way of 5a guilty man is perverse;
But as for the pure, his work is right.
Than in a house shared with ga contentious woman.
10 hThe soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
But when the iwise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
13 jWhoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
And a bribe 6behind the back, strong wrath.
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
Will rest in the assembly of the kdead.
He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
And the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to dwell 7in the wilderness,
Than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 lThere is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.
21 mHe who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
And brings down the trusted stronghold.
23 oWhoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
He acts with arrogant pride.
25 The pdesire of the lazy man kills him,
For his hands refuse to labor.
But the righteous qgives and does not spare.
27 rThe sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
But as for the upright, he 9establishes his way.
30 sThere is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the Lord.
But tdeliverance is of the Lord.
About The New King James Version
The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.
New King James Version
All Rights reserved
The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) may be quoted or reprinted without prior written permission with the following qualifications: (1) up to and including 1,000 verses may be quoted in printed form as long as the verses quoted amount to less than 50% of a complete book of the Bible and make up less than 50% of the total work in which they are quoted; (2) all NKJV quotations must conform accurately to the NKJV text.
Any use of the NKJV text must include a proper acknowledgment as follows:
Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
However, when quotations from the NKJV text are used in church bulletins, orders of service, Sunday School lessons, church newsletters and similar works in the course of religious instruction or services at a place of worship or other religious assembly, the notice "NKJV" may be used at the end of each quotation.
For quotation requests not covered by the above guidelines, write to Thomas Nelson Publishers, Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000.