Proverbs 16

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1The a  plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the  Lord.
2All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
But the b   Lord weighs the
Lit spirits
motives.
3
Lit Roll
,
e  Commit your works to the  Lord
And your plans will be established.
4The  Lord f  has made everything for
Or His
its own purpose,
Even the h  wicked for the day of evil.
5Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the  Lord;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
6By i  lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the
Or reverence
,
k  fear of the  Lord one keeps away from evil.
7When a man’s ways are pleasing to the  Lord,
He l  makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8Better is a little with righteousness
Than great income with injustice.
9The mind of m  man plans his way,
But n  the  Lord directs his steps.
10A divine o  decision is in the lips of the king;
His mouth should not
Lit be unfaithful
err in judgment.
11A q  just balance and scales belong to the  Lord;
All the
Lit stones
weights of the bag are His
Lit work
concern.
12It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
For a t  throne is established on righteousness.
13Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And he who speaks right is loved.
14The fury of a king is like messengers of death,
But a wise man will appease it.
15In the light of a king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud with the
Lit latter
,
v  spring rain.
16How much w  better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
17The x  highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who watches his way preserves his
Lit soul
life.
18 z  Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
19It is better to be aa  humble in spirit with the lowly
Than to ab  divide the spoil with the proud.
20He who gives attention to the word will ac  find good,
And ad  blessed is he who trusts in the  Lord.
21The ae  wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of
Lit lips
speech ag  increases
Or learning
persuasiveness.
22Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
But the discipline of fools is folly.
23The ai  heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds
Or learning
persuasiveness to his lips.
24 ak  Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and al  healing to the bones.
25 am  There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26A worker’s appetite works for him,
For his
Lit mouth
hunger urges him on.
27A ao  worthless man digs up evil,
While
Lit on his lips
his words are like aq  scorching fire.
28A perverse man spreads strife,
And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
29A man of violence ar  entices his neighbor
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things;
He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
31A as  gray head is a crown of glory;
It at  is found in the way of righteousness.
32He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
33The au  lot is cast into the lap,
But its every av  decision is from the  Lord.

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