Proverbs 16

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  • 1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
  • 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
  • 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
  • 4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
  • 5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
  • 6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
  • 7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
  • 8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
  • 9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
  • 10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
  • 11 A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his work.
  • 12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
  • 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
  • 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
  • 15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
  • 16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
  • 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
  • 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
  • 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
  • 20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
  • 21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
  • 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
  • 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
  • 24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
  • 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
  • 26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
  • 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
  • 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
  • 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
  • 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
  • 31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
  • 32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
  • 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

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