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Beware of sins in the heart, for the Lord sees those too.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 21:1-12

ESV Text: Proverbs 21:1-12

Proverbs 21:1–12 (Listen)

21:1   The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;
    he turns it wherever he will.
  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
    but the LORD weighs the heart.
  To do righteousness and justice
    is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
  Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
    the lamp1 of the wicked, are sin.
  The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
    but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
    is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.2
  The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
    because they refuse to do what is just.
  The way of the guilty is crooked,
    but the conduct of the pure is upright.
  It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
    than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
10   The soul of the wicked desires evil;
    his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
11   When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;
    when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
12   The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
    he throws the wicked down to ruin.


[1] 21:4 Or the plowing

[2] 21:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death


KJV Text:

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     1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

     2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

     3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

     4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

     5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

     6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

     7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

     8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

     9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

     10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

     11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

     12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 298 :
Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy — Organ Audio

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1. Baptized into Thy name most holy, 
O Father, Son and Holy Ghost, 
I claim a place, though weak and lowly, 
Among Thy seed, Thy chosen host. 
Buried with Christ and dead to sin, 
Thy Spirit now shall live within. 

2. My loving Father, Thou dost take me 
To be henceforth Thy child and heir; 
My faithful Savior, Thou dost make me 
The fruit of all Thy sorrows share; 
Thou, Holy Ghost, wilt comfort me 
When darkest clouds around I see. 

3. And I have vowed to fear and love Thee 
And to obey Thee, Lord, alone; 
Because the Holy Ghost did move me, 
I dared to pledge myself Thine own, 
Renouncing sin to keep the faith 
And war with evil unto death. 

4. My faithful God, Thou failest never, 
Thy covenant surely will abide; 
Oh, cast me not away forever 
Should I transgress it on my side! 
Though I have oft my soul defiled, 
Do Thou forgive, restore, Thy child. 

5. Yea, all I am and love most dearly 
I offer now, O Lord, to Thee, 
Oh, let me make my vows sincerely 
And help me Thine own child to be! 
Let naught within me, naught I own, 
Serve any will but Thine alone. 

6. And never let my purpose falter, 
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 
But keep me faithful to Thine altar 
Till Thou shalt call me from my post, 
So unto Thee I live and die 
And praise Thee evermore on high. 

Hymn: WS 751 :
God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It