21:1 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
11 A just balance and scales are the Lord's;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
4 By justice a king builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts tears it down.
14 If a king faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will be established forever.
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will appease it.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence
or stand in the place of the great,
7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes have seen
15 In the light of a king's face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.