Proverbs 21

1. Like a tributary the heart of the king is in the hands of Allaha, and to the country that He wills it, He inclines it.
2. All the ways of a  man are right -- in his own eyes -- but* Maryah justifies the heart.
3. The one who performs righteousness and justice, is closer to Maryah than [the one who offers] sacrifices.
4. The haughty gaze and a presumptive heart, and the lamp of the evildoer is sin.
5. The thoughts of the elect are toward faithfulness, and of the evildoer lead to loss.
6. The treasure created by a lying tongue leads those who seek death to oblivion.
7. The destruction of the evildoers comes over them, on account they do not wish to do justice.
8. He who goes back in his way is the foreign man, and the one who is cleansed, his actions are just.
9. Better off to sit on the corner of the roof, than to live with a nagging wife [in the house.]
10. The soul* of the evildoer cannot be seen through the eyes of their companions.
11. And through the trickery of the evildoer the infant becomes wise, and the wise person receives knowledge through counsel.
12. And the righteous person comprehends the heart of the evildoer, and dispels the evildoers toward evil.
13. Whoever closes his ears so as not to hear the poor man's cry, shall also himself call out to Allaha and not be answered.
14. The gift in secret ends anger, and to hold back giving, awakens anger.
15. For the righteous it is happiness to do justice, and to the workers of abomination it is misery.
16. The human being who loses the way of knowledge, shall sigh with the children of the world.
17. The man with shortcomings that loves pleasure, wine and perfume,* will not get rich.
18. The alternative to the righteous is an evildoer, and the alternative to the just is a liar.
19. It is better to settle in a desert land, than to live with a wife that argues and [makes one] mad.
20. The desirable treasure and the oil that is dispersed are swallowed by the wise and the knowledgeable.
21. Whoever seeks righteousness and grace, shall find Life,* righteousness and praises.
22. The wise person ascends to the city of heroes and captures the tower of its strength.
23. Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, protects himself from worry.
24. The authority with a mighty name is malicious in its wrath.
25. The indolent are killed by their own desires, because their own hands refuse to do the work.
26. All day long [the lazy person] desires pleasure, but* the righteous person gives and does not renege.
27. And the sacrifice of the evildoers is defiled, because they bring it through abomination.
28. The false witness goes to oblivion, and the man who listens speaks truthfully.
29. The face of the evildoer is obstinate, and the one who has integrity restricts his own ways.
30. There is no wisdom, no knowledge, nor counsel, like that of Maryah.
31. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, and it is Maryah's that salvation.*


*21:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*21:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Intentions."
*21:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Incense."
*21:21 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lives."
*21:26 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*21:31 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "It is Maryah that saves the day."

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