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Proverbs 16


Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

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