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Proverbs 16

Chapter 16

  1. The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.

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

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

  4. The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

  5. Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

  6. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.

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

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

  9. A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

  10. A divine sentence [is] in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

  11. A just weight and balance [are] the LORD'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 right.

  14. The wrath 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 gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

  17. The highway of the upright [is] to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

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

  19. Better [it is to be] of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

  20. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.

  21. The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

  22. Understanding [is] a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools [is] folly.

  23. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

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

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

  26. He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

  27. An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.

  28. A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

  29. A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way [that is] not good.

  30. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

  31. The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be 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 disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.

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King James Bible 1603 (Network Version, 1994)

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