Proverbs 16 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.a 2 All a man's ways seem right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the motives.b c 3 Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved.d 4 The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose- even the wicked for the day of disaster.e 5 Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord;f be assured,g he will not go unpunished.h 6 Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord.i 7 When a man's ways please the Lord, Hej makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.k 9 A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.l 10 God's verdict is on the lips of a king;m n his mouth should not err in judgment.o 11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bagp are His concern.q 12 Wicked behaviorr is detestable to kings, since a throne is established through righteousness.s 13 Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he loves one who speaks honestly. 14 A king's fury is a messenger of death, but a wise man appeases it.t 15 When a king's face lights up, there is life; his favor is like a cloud with spring rain. 16 Acquire wisdom- how much better it is than gold! And acquire understanding- it is preferable to silver.u 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life.v 18 Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.w 19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humblex than to divide plunder with the proud.y 20 The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.z 21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning, and pleasant speechaa increases learning.bb 22 Insight is a fountain of lifecc for its possessor, but folly is the instruction of fools. 23 A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.dd ee 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the tasteff and health to the body.gghh 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it is the way of death.ii 26 A worker's appetite works for him because his hungerjj urges him on. 27 A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.kk 28 A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates friends.ll 29 A violent man lures his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.mm 30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions; the one who compresses his lips brings about evil.nn 31 Gray hair is a glorious crown;oo it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 Patience is better than power, and controlling one's temper,pp than capturing a city.qq 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.rr
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