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Chapter 16

1Man may make plans in his heart, but what the tongue utters is from the LORD.* 2All the ways of a man may be pure in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves the spirit. d Prv 21, 2 .

3Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

4The LORD has made everything for his own ends, even the wicked for the evil day.*

5Every proud man is an abomination to the LORD; e Prv 6, 16f; 8, 13 . I assure you that he will not go unpunished.

6By kindness and piety guilt is expiated, and by the fear of the LORD man avoids evil.

7When the LORD is pleased with a man's ways, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him.

8Better a little with virtue, than a large income with injustice.

9In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps. f Prv 19, 21; 20, 24 .

10The king's lips are an oracle; no judgment he pronounces is false.*

11Balance and scales belong to the LORD; all the weights used with them are his concern. g Prv 11, 1 .

12Kings have a horror of wrongdoing, for by righteousness the throne endures. h Prv 25, 5 .

13The king takes delight in honest lips, and the man who speaks what is right he loves. i Prv 14, 35; 22, 11 . 14The king's wrath is like messengers of death, j Prv 19, 12; 20, 2 . but a wise man can pacify it.

15In the light of the king's countenance is life, and his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

16How much better to acquire wisdom than gold! To acquire understanding is more desirable than silver. k Prv 8, 10f. 19 .

17The path of the upright avoids misfortune; he who pays attention to his way safeguards his life.

18Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19It is better to be humble with the meek than to share plunder with the proud. l Prv 11, 2 .

20He who plans a thing will be successful; happy is he who trusts in the LORD!

21The wise man is esteemed for his discernment, yet pleasing speech increases his persuasiveness.

22Good sense is a fountain of life to its possessor, but folly brings chastisement on fools.

23The mind of the wise man makes him eloquent, and augments the persuasiveness of his lips.

24Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and healthful to the body.

25Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death! m Prv 14, 12 .

26The laborer's appetite labors for him, for his mouth urges him on. n Prv 10, 4 .

27A scoundrel is a furnace of evil, and on his lips there is a scorching fire.

28An intriguer sows discord, and a talebearer separates bosom friends. o Prv 6, 14. 19; 17, 9; 26, 22; Sir 28, 15 .

29A lawless man allures his neighbor, and leads him into a way that is not good.

30He who winks his eye is plotting trickery; he who compresses his lips has mischief ready.

31Gray hair is a crown of glory; p Prv 20, 29 . it is gained by virtuous living.

32A patient man is better than a warrior, and he who rules his temper, than he who takes a city. q Prv 14, 29 .

33When the lot is cast into the lap, its decision depends entirely on the LORD.*

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