Proverbs, Chapter 16

16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Yahweh weighs the spirits.
16:3 Commit your works to Yahweh, And your purposes will be established.
16:4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end; Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is disgusting to Yahweh: [Though] hand [join] in hand, he will not be unpunished.
16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
16:7 When a man's ways please Yahweh, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
16:8 Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.
16:9 The heart of man devises his way; But Yahweh directs his steps.
16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth will not transgress in judgment.
16:11 A just balance and scales are Yahweh's; All the weights of the bag are his work.
16:12 It is disgusting to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness.
16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him who speaks right.
16:14 The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it.
16:15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16:16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.
16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
16:18 Pride [goes] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
16:19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
16:20 He who gives heed to the word will find good; And whoever trusts in Yahweh, he is happy.
16:21 The wise in heart will be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increases learning.
16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it; But the correction of fools is [their] folly.
16:23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.
16:24 Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end are the ways of death.
16:26 The soul of the laboring man labors for him; For his mouth urges him [thereto].
16:27 A worthless man devises mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
16:28 A perverse man scatters abroad strife; And a whisperer separates best friends.
16:29 A man of violence entices his fellow man, And leads him in a way that is not good.
16:30 He who shuts his eyes, [it is] to devise perverse things: He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
16:31 The gray head is a crown of glory; It will be found in the way of righteousness.
16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing of it is of Yahweh.

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