Bible: Proverbs 16

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

but the answer of the tongue 3  comes from 4  the Lord. 5 

16:2 All a person’s ways 6  seem right 7  in his own opinion, 8 

but the Lord evaluates 9  the motives. 10 

16:3 Commit 11  your works 12  to the Lord,

and your plans will be established. 13 

16:4 The Lord works 14  everything for its own ends 15 

even the wicked for the day of disaster. 16 

16:5 The Lord abhors 17  every arrogant person; 18 

rest assured 19  that they will not go unpunished. 20 

16:6 Through loyal love and truth 21  iniquity is appeased; 22 

through fearing the Lord 23  one avoids 24  evil. 25 

16:7 When a person’s 26  ways are pleasing to the Lord, 27 

he 28  even reconciles his enemies to himself. 29 

16:8 Better to have a little with righteousness 30 

than to have abundant income without justice. 31 

16:9 A person 32  plans his course, 33 

but the Lord directs 34  his steps. 35 

16:10 The divine verdict 36  is in the words 37  of the king,

his pronouncements 38  must not act treacherously 39  against justice.

16:11 Honest scales and balances 40  are from the Lord;

all the weights 41  in the bag are his handiwork.

16:12 Doing wickedness 42  is an abomination to kings,

because a throne 43  is established in righteousness.

16:13 The delight of kings 44  is righteous counsel, 45 

and they love the one who speaks 46  uprightly. 47 

16:14 A king’s wrath 48  is like 49  a messenger of death, 50 

but a wise person appeases it. 51 

16:15 In the light of the king’s face 52  there is life,

and his favor is like the clouds 53  of the spring rain. 54 

16:16 How much better it is to acquire 55  wisdom than gold;

to acquire understanding is more desirable 56  than silver.

16:17 The highway 57  of the upright is to turn 58  away from evil;

the one who guards 59  his way safeguards his life. 60 

16:18 Pride 61  goes 62  before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall. 63 

16:19 It is better to be lowly in spirit 64  with the afflicted

than to share the spoils 65  with the proud.

16:20 The one who deals wisely 66  in a matter 67  will find success, 68 

and blessed 69  is the one who trusts in the Lord. 70 

16:21 The one who is wise in heart 71  is called 72  discerning,

and kind speech 73  increases persuasiveness. 74 

16:22 Insight 75  is like 76  a life-giving fountain 77  to the one who possesses it,

but folly leads to the discipline of fools. 78 

16:23 A wise person’s heart 79  makes his speech wise 80 

and it adds persuasiveness 81  to his words. 82 

16:24 Pleasant words are like 83  a honeycomb, 84 

sweet to the soul and healing 85  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’s 88  appetite 89  works on his behalf, 90 

for his hunger 91  urges him to work. 92 

16:27 A wicked scoundrel 93  digs up 94  evil,

and his slander 95  is like a scorching fire. 96 

16:28 A perverse person 97  spreads dissension,

and a gossip separates the closest friends. 98 

16:29 A violent person 99  entices 100  his neighbor,

and leads him down a path that is terrible. 101 

16:30 The one who winks his eyes 102  devises perverse things,

and 103  one who compresses his lips 104  brings about 105  evil.

16:31 Gray hair is like 106  a crown of glory; 107 

it is attained 108  in the path of righteousness. 109 

16:32 Better to be slow to anger 110  than to be a mighty warrior,

and one who controls his temper 111  is better than 112  one who captures a city. 113 

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

but their every decision 115  is from the Lord. 116 

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