Proverbs 16:22-33

22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.[a]
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

Cross References 17

  • 1. S Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 13:14
  • 2. Job 15:5
  • 3. ver 21
  • 4. S 1 Samuel 14:27
  • 5. Proverbs 24:13-14
  • 6. S Proverbs 12:15
  • 7. Esther 3:6; Proverbs 14:12
  • 8. S Psalms 140:2
  • 9. James 3:6
  • 10. S Proverbs 14:17; Proverbs 15:18
  • 11. Proverbs 17:9
  • 12. S Proverbs 1:10; Proverbs 12:26
  • 13. S Proverbs 6:13
  • 14. Proverbs 20:29
  • 15. S Leviticus 16:8; S 1 Samuel 10:21; Ezekiel 21:21
  • 16. 1 Samuel 14:41
  • 17. Joshua 7:14; Proverbs 18:18; Proverbs 29:26; John 1:7

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "prudent" / "and make their lips persuasive"
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