Proverbs 16

1The plans of the heart belong to man,
but a  the answer of the tongue is from the  Lord.
2 b  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the  Lord c  weighs the spirit.
3 d  Commit your work to the  Lord,
and your plans will be established.
4 e  The  Lord has made everything for its purpose,
even f  the wicked for the day of trouble.
5Everyone who is arrogant in heart is g  an abomination to the  Lord;
h  be assured, he will not go unpunished.
6By i  steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by j  the fear of the  Lord one k  turns away from evil.
7When a man’s ways please the  Lord,
l  he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 m  Better is a little with righteousness
than great revenues with injustice.
9 n  The heart of man plans his way,
but o  the  Lord establishes his steps.
10 p  An oracle is on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
11 q  A just balance and scales are the  Lord’s;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
12It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for r  the throne is established by righteousness.
13 s  Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves him who speaks what is right.
14 t  A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will u  appease it.
15 v  In the light of a king’s face there is life,
and his w  favor is like x  the clouds that bring the spring rain.
16 y  How much better to get wisdom than z  gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than aa  silver.
17The highway of the upright ab  turns aside from evil;
whoever guards his way preserves his life.
18 ac  Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 ad  It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
than to ae  divide the spoil with the proud.
20Whoever gives thought to the word
Or  to a matter
ag  will discover good,
and blessed is he ah  who trusts in the  Lord.
21The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech ai  increases persuasiveness.
22Good sense is aj  a fountain of life to him who has it,
but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 ak  The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 al  Gracious words are like am  a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and an  health to the body.
25There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
Hebrew ways of death

26A worker’s appetite works for him;
his ap  mouth urges him on.
27 aq  A worthless man plots evil,
and his speech
Hebrew what is on his lips
is like as  a scorching fire.
28 at  A dishonest man spreads strife,
and au  a whisperer av  separates close friends.
29A man of violence aw  entices his neighbor
and leads him in a way that is not good.
30Whoever winks his eyes plans
Hebrew to plan
ay  dishonest things;
he who az  purses his lips brings evil to pass.
31 ba  Gray hair is bb  a crown of glory;
it bc  is gained in a righteous life.
32 bd  Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 be  The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is bf  from the  Lord.
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