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Proverbs 16:2-25 (New International Version)

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2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him,1 but motives are weighed2 by the LORD.3 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.4 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends5-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.6 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.7 Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.8 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD 9 a man avoids evil.10 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace11 with him.12 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain13 with injustice.14 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.15 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.16 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.17 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.18 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.19 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death,20 but a wise man will appease it.21 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life;22 his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.23 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding24 rather than silver!25 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.26 18 Pride27 goes before destruction, a haughty spirit28 before a fall.29 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,30 and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.31 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.a32 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,33 but folly brings punishment to fools. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,34 and his lips promote instruction.b35 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,36 sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.37 25 There is a way that seems right to a man,38 but in the end it leads to death.39
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