Proverbs 16 New American Standard Bible

Proverbs concerning Life and Conduct

16 1  The plans of the heart belong to man , But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord .

2  All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight , But the Lord weighs the motives .

3  Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established .

4  The Lord has made everything for its own purpose , Even the wicked for the day of evil .

5  Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord ; Assuredly , he will not be unpunished .

6  By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil .

7  When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord , He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8  Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice e .

9  The mind of man plans his way , But the Lord directs his steps .

10  A divine decision is in the lips of the king ; His mouth should not err in judgment .

11  A just balance and scales belong to the Lord ; All the weights of the bag are His concern .

12  It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts , For a 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 spring rain .

16  How much better it is to get wisdom than gold ! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver .

17  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil ; He who watches his way preserves his life .

18  Pride goes before destruction , And a haughty spirit before stumbling .

19  It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud .

20  He who gives attention to the word will find good , And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord .

21  The wise in heart will be called understanding , And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness .

22  Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly .

23  The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips .

24  Pleasant words are a honeycomb e , Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones .

25  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 hunger urges him on.

27  A worthless man digs up evil , While his words are like scorching fire . 28  A perverse man spreads strife , And a slanderer separates intimate friends .

29  A man of violence 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 gray head is a crown of glory ; It 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 lot is cast into the lap , But its every decision is from the Lord .

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