Proverbs, Chapter 16 - Insights on Human Nature, Righteousness, and God's Role

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Proverbs 16:1
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
Proverbs 16:2
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but Yahweh weighs the motives.
Proverbs 16:3
Commit your deeds to Yahweh, and your plans shall succeed.
Proverbs 16:4
Yahweh has made everything for its own end— yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Proverbs 16:5
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh; they shall certainly not be unpunished.
Proverbs 16:6
By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:7
When a man’s ways please Yahweh, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:8
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.
Proverbs 16:9
A man’s heart plans his course, but Yahweh directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:10
Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth.
Proverbs 16:11
Honest balances and scales are Yahweh’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.
Proverbs 16:12
It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Proverbs 16:13
Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.
Proverbs 16:14
The king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
Proverbs 16:15
In the light of the king’s face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.
Proverbs 16:16
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Proverbs 16:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:19
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.
Proverbs 16:20
He who heeds the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.
Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.
Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.
Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:25
There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 16:26
The appetite of the laboring man labors for him, for his mouth urges him on.
Proverbs 16:27
A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.
Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.
Proverbs 16:29
A man of violence entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good.
Proverbs 16:30
One who winks his eyes to plot perversities, one who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.
Proverbs 16:31
Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.
Proverbs 16:32
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from Yahweh.

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