Proverbs 16 ESV

1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but 1the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

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2 2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD 3 weighs the spirit.

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3 4Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

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4 5The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even 6the wicked for the day of trouble.

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5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is 7an abomination to the LORD; 8be assured, he will not go unpunished.

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6 By 9steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by 10the fear of the LORD one 11turns away from evil.

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7 When a man's ways please the LORD, 12he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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8 13Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

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9 14The heart of man plans his way, but 15the LORD establishes his steps.

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10 16An oracle is on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment.

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11 17A just balance and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are his work.

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12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for 18the throne is established by righteousness.

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13 19Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.

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14 20A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will 21appease it.

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15 22In the light of a king's face there is life, and his 23favor is like 24the clouds that bring the spring rain.

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      16 25How much better to get wisdom than 26gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than 27silver.

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      17 The highway of the upright 28turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

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          18 29Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

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          19 30It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to 31divide the spoil with the proud.

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          20 Whoever gives thought to the worda32will discover good, and blessed is he 33who trusts in the LORD.

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            • ¡ 16:20 - Or to a matter
              21 The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech 34increases persuasiveness.

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                  22 Good sense is 35a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

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                  23 36The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

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                  24 37Gracious words are like 38a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and 39health to the body.

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                  25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.b

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                    • ¢ 16:25 - Hebrew ways of death
                      26 A worker's appetite works for him; his 40mouth urges him on.

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                      27 41A worthless man plots evil, and his speechc is like 42a scorching fire.

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                        • £ 16:27 - Hebrew what is on his lips
                          28 43A dishonest man spreads strife, and 44a whisperer 45separates close friends.

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                          29 A man of violence 46entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good.

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                          30 Whoever winks his eyes plansd47dishonest things; he who 48purses his lips brings evil to pass.

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                            • ¤ 16:30 - Hebrew to plan
                              31 49Gray hair is 50a crown of glory; it 51is gained in a righteous life.

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                              32 52Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

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                              33 53The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is 54from the LORD.

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