21:1 The king’s heart 1 is in the hand 2 of the Lord like channels of water; 3
he turns it wherever he wants.
21:2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, 4
but the Lord evaluates 5 the motives. 6
21:3 To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable 7 to the Lord than sacrifice. 8
21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart –
the agricultural product 9 of the wicked is sin.
21:5 The plans of the diligent 10 lead 11 only to plenty, 12
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. 13
21:6 Making a fortune 14 by a lying tongue is like 15 a vapor driven back and forth; 16
they seek death. 17
21:7 The violence 18 done by the wicked 19 will drag them away
because 20 they refuse to do what is right. 21
21:8 The way of the guilty person 22 is devious, 23
but as for the pure, 24 his way is upright.
21:9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop 25
than in a house in company 26 with a quarrelsome wife. 27
21:10 The appetite 28 of the wicked desires 29 evil;
his neighbor is shown no favor 30 in his eyes.
21:11 When a scorner is punished, the naive 31 becomes wise;
when a wise person is instructed, 32 he gains knowledge.
21:12 The Righteous One 33 considers 34 the house 35 of the wicked;
he overthrows the wicked to their ruin. 36
21:13 The one who shuts his ears 37 to the cry 38 of the poor,
he too will cry out and will not be answered. 39
21:14 A gift given 40 in secret subdues 41 anger,
and a bribe given secretly 42 subdues 43 strong wrath. 44
21:15 Doing 45 justice brings 46 joy to the righteous
and terror 47 to those who do evil.
21:16 The one who wanders 48 from the way of wisdom 49
will end up 50 in the company of the departed. 51
21:17 The one who loves 52 pleasure 53 will be 54 a poor person; 55
whoever loves wine and anointing oil 56 will not be rich.
21:18 The wicked become 57 a ransom 58 for the righteous,
and the faithless 59 are taken 60 in the place of the upright.
21:19 It is better to live 61 in a desert land 62
than with a quarrelsome and easily-provoked 63 woman.
21:20 There is desirable treasure and olive oil 64 in the dwelling of the wise,
but a foolish person 65 devours all he has. 66
21:21 The one who pursues righteousness and love 67
finds life, bounty, 68 and honor.
21:22 The wise person 69 can scale 70 the city of the mighty
and bring down the stronghold 71 in which they trust. 72
21:23 The one who guards his mouth and his tongue 73
keeps his life 74 from troubles. 75
21:24 A proud 76 and arrogant 77 person, whose name is “Scoffer,” 78
acts 79 with overbearing pride. 80
21:25 What the sluggard desires 81 will kill him, 82
for his hands 83 refuse to work.
21:26 All day long he craves greedily, 84
but the righteous gives and does not hold back. 85
21:27 The wicked person’s sacrifice 86 is an abomination;
how much more 87 when he brings it with evil intent! 88
21:28 A lying witness 89 will perish, 90
but the one who reports accurately speaks forever. 91
21:29 A wicked person 92 shows boldness with his face, 93
but as for the upright, 94 he discerns 95 his ways.
21:30 There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,
and there is no counsel against 96 the Lord. 97
21:31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory is from the Lord. 98
2:1 The heavens and the earth 1 were completed with everything that was in them. 2 2:2 By 3 the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, 4 and he ceased 5 on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy 6 because on it he ceased all the work that he 7 had been doing in creation. 8
The Creation of Man and Woman
2:4 This is the account 9 of the heavens and the earth 10 when they were created – when the Lord God 11 made the earth and heavens. 12
2:5 Now 13 no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field 14 had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 15 2:6 Springs 16 would well up 17 from the earth and water 18 the whole surface of the ground. 19 2:7 The Lord God formed 20 the man from the soil of the ground 21 and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, 22 and the man became a living being. 23
2:8 The Lord God planted an orchard 24 in the east, 25 in Eden; 26 and there he placed the man he had formed. 27 2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the soil, 28 every tree that was pleasing to look at 29 and good for food. (Now 30 the tree of life 31 and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 32 were in the middle of the orchard.)
2:10 Now 33 a river flows 34 from Eden 35 to water the orchard, and from there it divides 36 into four headstreams. 37 2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 38 the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 39 pearls 40 and lapis lazuli 41 are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 42 the entire land of Cush. 43 2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 44 The fourth river is the Euphrates.
2:15 The Lord God took the man and placed 45 him in the orchard in 46 Eden to care for it and to maintain it. 47 2:16 Then the Lord God commanded 48 the man, “You may freely eat 49 fruit 50 from every tree of the orchard, 2:17 but 51 you must not eat 52 from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when 53 you eat from it you will surely die.” 54
2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. 55 I will make a companion 56 for him who corresponds to him.” 57 2:19 The Lord God formed 58 out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would 59 name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 2:20 So the man named all the animals, the birds of the air, and the living creatures of the field, but for Adam 60 no companion who corresponded to him was found. 61 2:21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, 62 and while he was asleep, 63 he took part of the man’s side 64 and closed up the place with flesh. 65 2:22 Then the Lord God made 66 a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 2:23 Then the man said,
“This one at last 67 is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called 68 ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of 69 man.” 70
2:24 That is why 71 a man leaves 72 his father and mother and unites with 73 his wife, and they become a new family. 74 2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, 75 but they were not ashamed. 76