1 To mortals [belong] the plans of the heart, but from Yahweh [comes] the answer of the tongue.
2 All the ways of a man [are] pure in his own eyes, but Yahweh weighs the spirit.

References for Proverbs 16:2

    • a 16:2 - Or "breath"
      3 Commit your work to Yahweh, and your plans will be established.
      4 All Yahweh has made [is] for his purpose, and even the wicked for the day of trouble.

      References for Proverbs 16:4

          5 An abomination of Yahweh [are] all who are arrogant of heart; {rest assured}, he will not go unpunished.

          References for Proverbs 16:5

            • c 16:5 - Or "mind"
            • d 16:5 - Literally "hand to hand"
              6 By loyalty and faithfulness, iniquity will be covered over, and by fear of Yahweh {one turns} from evil.

              References for Proverbs 16:6

                • e 16:6 - Or "atoned for"
                • f 16:6 - Literally "turning"
                  7 When the ways of a man are pleasing [to] Yahweh, even his enemies he will cause to make peace with him.
                  8 Better is little with righteousness than great income with no justice.
                  9 The {mind} of a person will plan his ways, and Yahweh will direct his steps.

                  References for Proverbs 16:9

                    • g 16:9 - Literally "heart"
                      10 A decision is upon the lips of a king; in judgment his mouth will not sin.
                      11 A balance and scales of justice [belong] to Yahweh; all the weights of the bag [are] his work.
                      12 An abomination to kings [is] doing evil, for by righteousness the throne will be established.
                      13 The delight of kings [are] the lips of righteousness, and he who speaks what is upright he will love.
                      14 The wrath of a king [is] a messenger of death, but one who is wise will appease it.

                      References for Proverbs 16:14

                        • h 16:14 - Or "atone, cover over"
                          15 In the light of the face of the king [there is] life, and his favor [is] like a cloud of spring rain.
                          16 Getting wisdom: {how much} better than gold! And getting understanding: it is chosen {over} silver.

                          References for Proverbs 16:16

                            • i 16:16 - Literally "what"
                            • j 16:16 - Literally "from"
                              17 The highway of the upright, it turns from evil, he who guards himself keeps his way.

                              References for Proverbs 16:17

                                • k 16:17 - Or "soul," or "inner self"
                                  18 Before destruction [comes] pride, and before a fall, a haughty spirit.

                                  References for Proverbs 16:18

                                    • l 16:18 - Hebrew "a haughty of spirit"
                                      19 Better a lowly spirit with the poor than dividing the spoil with the proud.
                                      20 He who is attentive to a matter will find goodness, and he who trusts in Yahweh, his own happiness.
                                      21 The wise of heart is called perceptive, but he who is pleasant of lips will increase persuasiveness.

                                      References for Proverbs 16:21

                                          22 A fountain of life is wisdom for its owner, but the instruction of fools is folly.

                                          References for Proverbs 16:22

                                              23 The heart of the wise will make his mouth judicious, and upon his lips, it will add persuasiveness.

                                              References for Proverbs 16:23

                                                  24 Pleasant sayings [are] a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and healing to the bones.
                                                  25 There is a way [that seems] upright {to} a man, but its end [is] the way of death.

                                                  References for Proverbs 16:25

                                                    • r 16:25 - Literally "to the face of"
                                                      26 The life of a worker works for him, for his {hunger} urges him.

                                                      References for Proverbs 16:26

                                                        • s 16:26 - Or "soul," or "inner self"
                                                        • t 16:26 - Literally "mouth"
                                                          27 A man of wickedness concocts evil, and his lips [are] like a scorching fire.
                                                          28 A person of perversity will spread dissent, and he who whispers separates a close friend.
                                                          29 A person of violence will entice his neighbor and cause him to walk on a way [that is] not good.
                                                          30 He who winks his eyes [does so in order] to plan perverse things; he who purses his lips will bring evil to pass.
                                                          31 A crown of glory is gray hair; by a righteous life it is gained.
                                                          32 He who is slow to anger [is] better than him who is mighty, and he who controls his spirit than him who captures a city.

                                                          References for Proverbs 16:32

                                                            • u 16:32 - Literally "nostrils"
                                                              33 The lot will be cast into the lap, but all of its decisions are from Yahweh.