Proverbs 21:2-6
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כָּל דֶּרֶךְ אִישׁ יָשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו וְתֹכֵן לִבּוֹת ה': עֲשֹׂה צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט נִבְחָר לַה' מִזָּבַח: רוּם עֵינַיִם וּרְחַב לֵב נִר רְשָׁעִים חַטָּאת: מַחְשְׁבוֹת חָרוּץ אַךְ לְמוֹתָר וְכָל אָץ אַךְ לְמַחְסוֹר: פֹּעַל אוֹצָרוֹת בִּלְשׁוֹן שָׁקֶר הֶבֶל נִדָּף מְבַקְשֵׁי מָוֶת:
All the ways of a person seem right to them, but the LORD probes the mind. To do what is right and just is more desired by the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty looks, a proud heart -- the tillage of the wicked is sinful. The plans of the diligent make only for gain; all rash haste makes only for loss. Treasures acquired by a lying tongue are like driven vapor, heading for extinction. [JPS translation. Edited for gender neutrality]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. According to this text, what actions are praiseworthy? Which are sinful?

2. Of the warnings here, which should we heed today?

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Time Period: Biblical (early ancestors to 165 BCE)