Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.

1 The apreparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.

2 1All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; 2but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

3 aCommit 1thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

4 The 1Lord hath made all things for himself: 2yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 1Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be aunpunished.

6 By 1mercy and truth 2iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

7 1When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 1Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

9 A 1man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

10 aA 1divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

11 A 1just weight and balance are the Lord's: aall the weights of the bag are his work.

12 it is 1an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 1Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

14 The 1wrath of a king is as messengers of death: 2but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In 1the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 1How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

17 The 1highway of the upright is to depart from evil: 2he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

18 1Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

19 1Better it is to be 2of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 aHe that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso 1trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

21 The 1wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

22 1Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: 2but the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The 1heart of the wise ateacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

24 1Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 1There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

26 aHe that laboureth 1labour-eth for himself; for his mouth bcraveth it of him.

27 aAn 1ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A 1froward man asoweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

29 A 1violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He 1shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31 The 1hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found 2in the way of righteousness.

32 he that is 1slow to anger is better than the mighty; 2and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

33 The 1lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Proverbs 16