Proverbs Chapter 16 |
1A man may arrange his thoughts,
But what he says depends on the Lord.
2All the ways of a man seem right to him,
But the Lord probes motives.
3Entrust your affairs to the Lord,
And your plans will succeed.
4The Lord made everything for a purpose,
Even the wicked for an evil day.
5Every haughty person is an abomination to the Lord;
Assuredly, he will not go unpunished.
6Iniquity is expiated by loyalty and faithfulness,
And evil is avoided through fear of the Lord.
7When the Lord is pleased with a man’s conduct,
He may turn even his enemies into allies.
8Better a little with righteousness
Than a large income with injustice.
9A man may plot out his course,
But it is the Lord who directs his steps.
10There is magic on the lips of the king;
He cannot err in judgment.
11Honest scales and balances are the Lord’s;
All the weights in the bag are His work.
12Wicked deeds are an abomination to kings,
For the throne is established by righteousness.
13Truthful speech wins the favor of kings;
They love those who speak honestly.
14The king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
But a wise man can appease it.
15The king’s smile means life;
His favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16How much better to acquire wisdom than gold;
To acquire understanding is preferable to silver.
17The highway of the upright avoids evil;
He who would preserve his life watches his way.
18Pride goes before ruin,
Arrogance, before failure.
19Better to be humble and among the lowly
Than to share spoils with the proud.
20He who is adept in a matter will attain success;
Happy is he who trusts in the Lord.
21The wise-hearted is called discerning;
One whose speech is pleasing gains wisdom.
22Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it,
And folly is the punishment of fools.
23The mind of the wise man makes his speech effective
And increases the wisdom on his lips.
24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweet to the palate and a cure for the body.
25A road may seem right to a man,
But in the end it is a road to death.
26The appetite of a laborer labors for him,
Because his hunger forces him on.
27A scoundrel plots evil;
What is on his lips is like a scorching fire.
28A shifty man stirs up strife,
And a querulous one alienates his friend.
29A lawless man misleads his friend,
Making him take the wrong way.
30He closes his eyes while meditating deception;
He purses his lips while deciding upon evil.
31Gray hair is a crown of glory;
It is attained by the way of righteousness.
32Better to be forbearing than mighty,
To have self-control than to conquer a city.
33Lots are cast into the lap;
The decision depends on the Lord.