Proverbs 16-18 Darby’s Translation

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Proverbs concerning Life and Conduct

16 1  The purposes of the heart are of man, but the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.

2  All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Jehovah weigheth the spirits.

3  Commit thy works unto Jehovah, and thy thoughts shall be established.

4  Jehovah hath wrought everything on his own account, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5  Every proud heart is an abomination to Jehovah: hand for hand, he shall not be held innocent.

6  By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for; and by the fear of Jehovah [men] depart from evil.

7  When a man's ways please Jehovah, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8  Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

9  The heart of man deviseth his way, but Jehovah directeth his steps.

10  An oracle is on the lips of the king: his mouth will not err in judgment.

11  The just balance and scales are Jehovah'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 aright.

14  The fury 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 fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!

17  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that taketh heed to his way keepeth his soul.

18  Pride [goeth] before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19  Better is it to be of a humble spirit with the meek, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20  He that giveth heed to the word shall find good; and whoso confideth in Jehovah, happy is he.

21  The wise in heart is called intelligent, and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

22  Wisdom is a fountain of life for him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly.

23  The heart of the wise maketh his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increaseth learning.

24  Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health for the bones.

25  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death.

26  The appetite of the labourer laboureth for him, for his mouth urgeth him on.

27  A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire. 28  A false man soweth contention; and a talebearer separateth very friends.

29  A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into a way that is not good. 30  He that shutteth his eyes, [it is] to devise froward things; biting his lips, he bringeth evil to pass.

31  The hoary head is a crown of glory, [if] it is 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 decision is of Jehovah.

17 1  Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting [with] strife.

2  A wise servant shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

3  The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but Jehovah trieth the hearts.

4  The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

5  Whoso mocketh a poor [man] reproacheth his Maker; he that is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent.

6  Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

7  Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble!

8  A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth.

9  He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again separateth very friends.

10  A reproof entereth more deeply into him that hath understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool.

11  An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion; but a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12  Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly.

13  Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

14  The beginning of contention is [as] when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement.

15  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, even they both are abomination to Jehovah.

16  To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he] hath no sense?

17  The friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

18  A senseless man striketh hands, becoming surety for his neighbour.

19  He loveth transgression that loveth a quarrel; he that maketh high his gate seeketh destruction.

20  He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil.

21  He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow, and the father of a vile [man] hath no joy.

22  A joyful heart promoteth healing; but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

23  A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the paths of judgment.

24  Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

25  A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.

26  To punish a righteous [man] is not good, nor to strike nobles because of [their] uprightness.

27  He that hath knowledge spareth his words; and a man of understanding is of a cool spirit. 28  Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is reckoned wise, [and] he that shutteth his lips, intelligent.

18 1  He that separateth himself seeketh [his] pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.

2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

3  When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4  The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.

5  It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to wrong the righteous in judgment.

6  A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for stripes. 7  A fool's mouth is destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

8  The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9  He also who is indolent in his work is brother of the destroyer.

10  The name of Jehovah is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11  The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own imagination.

12  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; and before honour [goeth] humility.

13  He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him.

14  The spirit of a man sustaineth his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

15  The heart of an intelligent [man] getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16  A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

17  He that is first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18  The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19  A brother offended is [harder to be won] than a strong city; and contentions are as the bars of a palace.

20  A man's belly is satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips is he satisfied.

21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22  Whoso hath found a wife hath found a good thing, and hath obtained favour from Jehovah.

23  He that is poor speaketh with supplications, but the rich answereth roughly.

24  A man of [many] friends will come to ruin but there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

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