Proverbs 16

16:1 The intentions of the heart1 belong to a man,2

but the answer of the tongue3 comes from4 the Lord.5

16:2 All a person’s ways6 seem right7 in his own opinion,8

but the Lord evaluates9 the motives.10

16:3 Commit11 your works12 to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.13

16:4 The Lord works14 everything for its own ends15

even the wicked for the day of disaster.16

16:5 The Lord abhors17 every arrogant person;18

rest assured19 that they will not go unpunished.20

16:6 Through loyal love and truth21 iniquity is appeased;22

through fearing the Lord23 one avoids24 evil.25

16:7 When a person’s26 ways are pleasing to the Lord,27

he28 even reconciles his enemies to himself.29

16:8 Better to have a little with righteousness30

than to have abundant income without justice.31

16:9 A person32 plans his course,33

but the Lord directs34 his steps.35

16:10 The divine verdict36 is in the words37 of the king,

his pronouncements38 must not act treacherously39 against justice.

16:11 Honest scales and balances40 are from the Lord;

all the weights41 in the bag are his handiwork.

16:12 Doing wickedness42 is an abomination to kings,

because a throne43 is established in righteousness.

16:13 The delight of kings44 is righteous counsel,45

and they love the one who speaks46 uprightly.47

16:14 A king’s wrath48 is like49 a messenger of death,50

but a wise person appeases it.51

16:15 In the light of the king’s face52 there is life,

and his favor is like the clouds53 of the spring rain.54

16:16 How much better it is to acquire55 wisdom than gold;

to acquire understanding is more desirable56 than silver.

16:17 The highway57 of the upright is to turn58 away from evil;

the one who guards59 his way safeguards his life.60

16:18 Pride61 goes62 before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall.63

16:19 It is better to be lowly in spirit64 with the afflicted

than to share the spoils65 with the proud.

16:20 The one who deals wisely66 in a matter67 will find success,68

and blessed69 is the one who trusts in the Lord.70

16:21 The one who is wise in heart71 is called72 discerning,

and kind speech73 increases persuasiveness.74

16:22 Insight75 is like76 a life-giving fountain77 to the one who possesses it,

but folly leads to the discipline of fools.78

16:23 A wise person’s heart79 makes his speech wise80

and it adds persuasiveness81 to his words.82

16:24 Pleasant words are like83 a honeycomb,84

sweet to the soul and healing85 to the bones.

16:25 There is a way that seems right to a person,86

but its end is the way that leads to death.87

16:26 A laborer’s88 appetite89 works on his behalf,90

for his hunger91 urges him to work.92

16:27 A wicked scoundrel93 digs up94 evil,

and his slander95 is like a scorching fire.96

16:28 A perverse person97 spreads dissension,

and a gossip separates the closest friends.98

16:29 A violent person99 entices100 his neighbor,

and leads him down a path that is terrible.101

16:30 The one who winks his eyes102 devises perverse things,

and103 one who compresses his lips104 brings about105 evil.

16:31 Gray hair is like106 a crown of glory;107

it is attained108 in the path of righteousness.109

16:32 Better to be slow to anger110 than to be a mighty warrior,

and one who controls his temper111 is better than112 one who captures a city.113

16:33 The dice are thrown into the lap,114

but their every decision115 is from the Lord.116

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