Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 16:1 To man, belong the preparations of the heart, but, from Yahweh, cometh the answer of the tongue. Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man, [may be] pure in his own eyes, but, he that testeth spirits, is Yahweh. Proverbs 16:3 Roll, upon Yahweh, thy doings, that thy plans, may be established. Proverbs 16:4 Everything, hath Yahweh made for its own purpose, yea, even the lawless one, for the day of calamity. Proverbs 16:5 An abomination to Yahweh, is every one who is haughty in heart, hand to hand, he shall not be held innocent. Proverbs 16:6 By lovingkindness and fidelity, shall iniquity be covered, and, in the revering of Yahweh, is a turning away from wrong. Proverbs 16:7 When, acceptable to Yahweh, are the ways of a man, even his enemies, doth he cause to make peace with him. Proverbs 16:8 Better a little with righteousness, than large revenues, without justice. Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart, deviseth his way, but, Yahweh, directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:10 An oracle, is on the lips of a king, in giving sentence, his mouth must not be unfaithful. Proverbs 16:11 The balance and scales of justice, belong to Yahweh, and, his handiwork, are all the weights of the bag. Proverbs 16:12 The abomination of kings, is to work lawlessness, for, by righteousness, is established a throne. Proverbs 16:13 The delight of kings, are lips of righteousness,and, the words of uprightness, he loveth. Proverbs 16:14 The wrath of a king, [meaneth] messengers of death, but, a man who is wise, will appease it. Proverbs 16:15 In the light of a king's countenance, is life, and, his good-pleasure, is like the cloud of harvest-rain. Proverbs 16:16 To acquire wisdom, how much better than gold! and, to get hold of understanding, more choice than silver! Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright, is to avoid evil, He preserveth his soul, who guardeth his way. Proverbs 16:18 Before grievous injury, pride! and, before a fall, haughtiness of spirit! Proverbs 16:19 Better is lowliness of spirit, with the patient, than a portion of spoil, with the proud. Proverbs 16:20 He that showeth discretion concerning a matter, shall find good, and, he that trusteth in Yahweh, how happy is he! Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart, shall be called intelligent, and, sweetness of lips, increaseth persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:22 A well-spring of life, is discretion to its owner, but, the correction of the foolish, is folly. Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise, giveth discretion to his mouth, and, upon his lips, increaseth persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:24 A comb of honey, are pleasant words, sweet to the taste and healing to the bone. Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that enticeth a man, but, at the latter end thereof, are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:26 The appetite of the toiler, hath toiled for him, for his mouth, hath urged him on. Proverbs 16:27 An abandoned man, diggeth up mischief,and, upon his lips, as it were a fire is scorching. Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man, sendeth forth strife, and, a tattler, separateth intimate friends. Proverbs 16:29 A ruthless man, enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him in a way, not good. Proverbs 16:30 Closing his eyes, to devise perverse things, biting his lips, he hath plotted mischief. Proverbs 16:31 A crown of adorning, is a hoary head, in the way of righteousness, it should be found. Proverbs 16:32 Better he that is slow to anger, than a hero, and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that captureth a city. Proverbs 16:33 Into the lap, is cast the lot, but, from Yahweh, is its every decision.