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Proverbs 16 (New American Standard)

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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 The 1plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the 2LORD weighs the amotives. 3 b3Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established. 4 The LORD 4has made everything for cits own purpose, Even the 5wicked for the day of evil. 5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6 By 6lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the d7fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil. 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He 8makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice . 9 The mind of 9man plans his way, But 10the LORD directs his steps. 10 A divine 11decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not eerr in judgment. 11 A 12just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the fweights of the bag are His gconcern. 12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a 13throne is established on righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved. 14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of a king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the h14spring rain. 16 How much 15better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. 17 The 16highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his ilife. 18 17Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19 It is better to be 18humble in spirit with the lowly Than to 19divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who gives attention to the word will 20find good, And 21blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. 21 The 22wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of jspeech 23increases kpersuasiveness. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly. 23 The 24heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds lpersuasiveness to his lips. 24 25Pleasant words are a honeycomb , Sweet to the soul and 26healing to the bones. 25 27There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 A worker's appetite works for him, For his mhunger urges him on. 27 A 28worthless man digs up evil, While nhis words are like 29scorching fire. 28 A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends. 29 A man of violence 30entices his neighbor And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass. 31 A 31gray head is a crown of glory; It 32is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. 33 The 33lot is cast into the lap, But its every 34decision is from the LORD.
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