Proverbs 16-18 Revised Standard Version

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Proverbs concerning Life and Conduct

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

2  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.

3  Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

4  The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

5  Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.

6  By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.

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

8  Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

9  A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

10  Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment.

11  A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work.

12  It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.

13  Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.

14  A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it. 15  In the light of a king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.

16  To get wisdom is better than gold; to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

17  The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.

18  Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19  It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20  He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts in the Lord.

21  The wise of heart is called a man of discernment, and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness.

22  Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it, but folly is the chastisement of fools.

23  The mind of the wise makes his speech judicious, and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

24  Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

25  There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

26  A worker's appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.

27  A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. 28  A perverse man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close 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 plans perverse things, he who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.

31  A hoary head is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

32  He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

33  The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly from the Lord.

17 1  Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

2  A slave who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

3  The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tries hearts.

4  An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue.

5  He who mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

6  Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of sons is their fathers.

7  Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

8  A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.

9  He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend.

10  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

11  An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12  Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.

13  If a man returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

15  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

16  Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind?

17  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

18  A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.

19  He who loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

20  A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity.

21  A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father of a fool has no joy.

22  A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.

23  A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.

24  A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

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

26  To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong.

27  He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

18 1  He who is estranged seeks pretexts to break out against all sound judgment.

2  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

3  When wickedness comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes disgrace.

4  The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.

5  It is not good to be partial to a wicked man, or to deprive a righteous man of justice.

6  A fool's lips bring strife, and his mouth invites a flogging. 7  A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to himself.

8  The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

9  He who is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

10  The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

11  A rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall protecting him.

12  Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor.

13  If one gives answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

14  A man's spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit who can bear?

15  An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16  A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.

17  He who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

18  The lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders.

19  A brother helped is like a strong city, but quarreling is like the bars of a castle.

20  From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

22  He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.

23  The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.

24  There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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