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Proverbs 16

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah. Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the spirits. Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto Jehovah, And thy purposes shall be established. Proverbs 16:4 Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: [Though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil. Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please Jehovah, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice. Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment. Proverbs 16:11 A just balance and scales are Jehovah's; All the weights of the bag are his work. Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness. Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right. Proverbs 16:14 The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it. Proverbs 16:15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain. Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver. Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Proverbs 16:18 Pride [goeth] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:20 He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he. Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. Proverbs 16:22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is [their] folly. Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips. Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:25 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:26 The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him; For his mouth urgeth him [thereto]. Proverbs 16:27 A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire. Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends. Proverbs 16:29 A man of violence enticeth his neighbor, And leadeth him in a way that is not good. Proverbs 16:30 He that shutteth his eyes, [it is] to devise perverse things: He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass. Proverbs 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.

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