Proverbs 16-18 Young’s Literal Translation

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Proverbs concerning Life and Conduct

16 1  Of man 'are' arrangements of the heart, And from Jehovah an answer of the tongue.

2  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering the spirits.

3  Roll unto Jehovah thy works, And established are thy purposes,

4  All things hath Jehovah wrought for Himself, And also the wicked 'worketh' for a day of evil.

5  An abomination to Jehovah 'is' every proud one of heart, Hand to hand he is not acquitted.

6  In kindness and truth pardoned is iniquity, And in the fear of Jehovah Turn thou aside from evil.

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

8  Better 'is' a little with righteousness, Than abundance of increase without justice.

9  The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.

10  An oath 'is' on the lips of a king, In judgment his mouth trespasseth not.

11  A just beam and balances 'are' Jehovah's, His work 'are' all the stones of the bag.

12  An abomination to kings 'is' doing wickedness, For by righteousness is a throne established.

13  The delight of kings 'are' righteous lips, And whoso is speaking uprightly he loveth,

14  The fury of a king 'is' messengers of death, And a wise man pacifieth it. 15  In the light of a king's face 'is' life, And his good-will 'is' as a cloud of the latter rain.

16  To get wisdom—how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!

17  A highway of the upright 'is', 'Turn from evil,' Whoso is preserving his soul is watching his way.

18  Before destruction 'is' pride, And before stumbling—a haughty spirit.'

19  Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.

20  The wise in any matter findeth good, And whoso is trusting in Jehovah, O his happiness.

21  To the wise in heart is called, 'Intelligent,' And sweetness of lips increaseth learning.

22  A fountain of life 'is' understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.

23  The heart of the wise causeth his mouth to act wisely, And by his lips he increaseth learning,

24  Sayings of pleasantness 'are' a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and healing to the bone.

25  There is a way right before a man, And its latter end—ways of death.

26  A labouring man hath laboured for himself, For his mouth hath caused 'him' to bend over it.

27  A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips—as a burning fire. 28  A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.

29  A violent man enticeth his neighbour, And hath causeth him to go in a way not good. 30  Consulting his eyes to devise froward things, Moving his lips he hath accomplished evil.

31  A crown of beauty 'are' grey hairs, In the way of righteousness it is found.

32  Better 'is' the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.

33  Into the centre is the lot cast, And from Jehovah 'is' all its judgment!

17 1  Better 'is' a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.

2  A wise servant ruleth over a son causing shame, And in the midst of brethren He apportioneth an inheritance.

3  A refining pot 'is' for silver, and a furnace for gold, And the trier of hearts 'is' Jehovah.

4  An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.

5  Whoso is mocking at the poor Hath reproached his Maker, Whoso is rejoicing at calamity is not acquitted.

6  Sons' sons 'are' the crown of old men, And the glory of sons 'are' their fathers.

7  Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.

8  A stone of grace 'is' the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

9  Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend.

10  Rebuke cometh down on the intelligent More than a hundred stripes on a fool.

11  An evil man seeketh only rebellion, And a fierce messenger is sent against him.

12  The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, And—not a fool in his folly.

13  Whoso is returning evil for good, Evil moveth not from his house.

14  The beginning of contention 'is' a letting out of waters, And before it is meddled with leave the strife.

15  Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these 'are' an abomination to Jehovah.

16  Why 'is' this—a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none?

17  At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born.

18  A man lacking heart is striking hands, A surety he becometh before his friend.

19  Whoso is loving transgression is loving debate, Whoso is making high his entrance is seeking destruction.

20  The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil.

21  Whoso is begetting a fool hath affliction for it, Yea, the father of a fool rejoiceth not.

22  A rejoicing heart doth good to the body, And a smitten spirit drieth the bone.

23  A bribe from the bosom the wicked taketh, To turn aside the paths of judgment.

24  The face of the intelligent 'is' to wisdom, And the eyes of a fool—at the end of the earth.

25  A provocation to his father 'is' a foolish son, And bitterness to her that bare him.

26  Also, to fine the righteous is not good, To smite nobles for uprightness.

27  One acquainted with knowledge is sparing his words, And the cool of temper 'is' a man of understanding. 28  Even a fool keeping silence is reckoned wise, He who is shutting his lips intelligent!

18 1  For 'an object of' desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.

2  A fool delighteth not in understanding, But—in uncovering his heart.

3  With the coming of the wicked come also hath contempt, And with shame—reproach.

4  Deep waters 'are' the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom 'is' a flowing brook.

5  Acceptance of the face of the wicked 'is' not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment.

6  The lips of a fool enter into strife, And his mouth for stripes calleth. 7  The mouth of a fool 'is' ruin to him, And his lips 'are' the snare of his soul.

8  The words of a tale-bearer 'are' as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down 'to' the inner parts of the heart.

9  He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he 'is' to a destroyer.

10  A tower of strength 'is' the name of Jehovah, Into it the righteous runneth, and is set on high.

11  The wealth of the rich 'is' the city of his strength, And as a wall set on high in his own imagination.

12  Before destruction the heart of man is high, And before honour 'is' humility.

13  Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to him and shame.

14  The spirit of a man sustaineth his sickness, And a smitten spirit who doth bear?

15  The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16  The gift of a man maketh room for him, And before the great it leadeth him.

17  Righteous 'is' the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him.

18  The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty it separateth.

19  A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, And contentions as the bar of a palace.

20  From the fruit of a man's mouth is his belly satisfied, 'From the' increase of his lips he is satisfied.

21  Death and life 'are' in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit.

22  'Whoso' hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah.

23  'With' supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich answereth fierce things.

24  A man with friends 'is' to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!

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