Proverbs 20:25-30, Proverbs 21:1-4 NIV

Proverbs 20:25-30

It is a trap to dedicate something rashly

and only later to consider one’s vows.

A wise king winnows out the wicked;

he drives the threshing wheel over them.

The human spirit is20:27 Or A person’s words are the lamp of the Lord

that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;

through love his throne is made secure.

The glory of young men is their strength,

gray hair the splendor of the old.

Blows and wounds scrub away evil,

and beatings purge the inmost being.

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Proverbs 21:1-4

In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water

that he channels toward all who please him.

A person may think their own ways are right,

but the Lord weighs the heart.

To do what is right and just

is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Haughty eyes and a proud heart—

the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.

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