Proverbs 16; Proverbs 17; Proverbs 18

1 The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All a man's ways seem right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the motives. 3 Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved. 4 The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose- even the wicked for the day of disaster. 5 Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. 6 Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord. 7 When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice. 9 A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. 10 God's verdict is on the lips of a king; his mouth should not err in judgment. 11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are His concern. 12 Wicked behavior is detestable to kings, since a throne is established through righteousness. 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. 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. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life. 18 Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud. 20 The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy. 21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning, and pleasant speech increases learning. 22 Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but folly is the instruction of fools. 23 A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it is the way of death. 26 A worker's appetite works for him because his hunger urges him on. 27 A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. 28 A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates friends. 29 A violent man lures his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good. 30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions; the one who compresses his lips brings about evil. 31 Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 Patience is better than power, and controlling one's temper, than capturing a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
1 Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share an inheritance among brothers. 3 A crucible is for silver and a smelter for gold, but the Lord is a tester of hearts. 4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, and one who rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers. 7 Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool's lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler. 8 A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds. 9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends. 10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness. 13 If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never depart from his house. 14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just- both are detestable to the Lord. 16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom? 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time. 18 One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend. 19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury. 20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin. 21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice. 24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool's eyes roam to the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him. 26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person, or to beat a noble for his honesty. 27 The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning, when he seals his lips.
1 One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions. 3 When a wicked man comes, shame does also, and along with dishonor, disgrace. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom. 5 It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent. 6 A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating. 7 A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life. 8 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being. 9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected. 11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall. 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but before honor comes humility. 13 The one who gives an answer before he listens- this is foolishness and disgrace for him. 14 A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit? 15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it. 16 A gift opens doors for a man and brings him before the great. 17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him. 18 [Casting] the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents. 19 An offended brother is [harder to reach] than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress. 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips. 21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. 22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. 23 The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly. 24 A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
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