Proverbs 16

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

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

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