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Proverbs 16 (English Standard Version)

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1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but 1the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 2 2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD 3 weighs the spirit. 3 4Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. 4 5The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even 6the wicked for the day of trouble. 5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is 7an abomination to the LORD; 8be assured, he will not go unpunished. 6 By 9steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by 10the fear of the LORD one 11turns away from evil. 7 When a man's ways please the LORD, 12he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 13Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. 9 14The heart of man plans his way, but 15the LORD establishes his steps. 10 16An oracle is on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment. 11 17A just balance and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are his work. 12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for 18the throne is established by righteousness. 13 19Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right. 14 20A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will 21appease it. 15 22In the light of a king's face there is life, and his 23favor is like 24the clouds that bring the spring rain. 16 25How much better to get wisdom than 26gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than 27silver. 17 The highway of the upright 28turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life. 18 29Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 30It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to 31divide the spoil with the proud. 20 Whoever gives thought to the worda32will discover good, and blessed is he 33who trusts in the LORD. 21 The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech 34increases persuasiveness. 22 Good sense is 35a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. 23 36The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. 24 37Gracious words are like 38a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and 39health to the body. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.b 26 A worker's appetite works for him; his 40mouth urges him on. 27 41A worthless man plots evil, and his speechc is like 42a scorching fire. 28 43A dishonest man spreads strife, and 44a whisperer 45separates close friends. 29 A man of violence 46entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good. 30 Whoever winks his eyes plansd47dishonest things; he who 48purses his lips brings evil to pass. 31 49Gray hair is 50a crown of glory; it 51is gained in a righteous life. 32 52Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 53The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is 54from the LORD.
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