Proverbs 16
The Scriptures (ISR 1998)

1To man belongs the preparations of the heart, But from יהוה is the answer of the tongue.

2All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, But יהוה weighs the spirits.

3Commit your works to יהוה, And your plans shall be established.

4יהוה has made all for His purpose, And also the wrong for the day of evil.

5Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to יהוה; Hand to hand: he goes not unpunished.

6By kindness and truth crookedness is pardoned. And in the fear of יהוה one turns away from evil.

7When a man’s ways please יהוה, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8Better is a little with righteousness, Than a large income without right-ruling.

9A man’s heart plans his way, But יהוה establishes his steps.

10An oath is on the lips of the sovereign, In right-ruling his mouth trespasses not.

11A right scale and balances are of יהוה; All the weights in the bag are His work.

12It is an abomination for sovereigns To commit wrongness, For a throne is established by righteousness.

13Righteous lips are the delight of sovereigns, And they love him who speaks what is straight.

14The sovereign’s wrath is a messenger of death, But a wise man appeases it.

15In the light of a sovereign’s face is life, And his delight is like a cloud of the latter rain.

16How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is preferable to silver.

17The highway of the straight Is to turn away from evil; He who guards his life watches over His way.

18Before destruction comes pride, And before a fall a haughty spirit!

19Better to be lowly in spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20He who acts wisely concerning the Word finds good, And blessed is he who trusts in יהוה.

21The wise-hearted is called discerning, And sweetness of lips increases learning.

22Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, But the disciplining of fools is folly.

23The heart of the wise gives discretion to his mouth, And he increases learning to his lips.

24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweet to the being, and healing to the bones.

25There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of deatha.

26He who labours, labours for himself, For his mouth drives him on.

27A man of Beliya‛al plots evil, And on his lips it is like a burning fire.

28A perverse man sends forth strife, And a whisperer separates intimate friends.

29A ruthless man entices his neighbour, And leads him in a way that is not good,

30Winking with his eye to plot perversity, Moving his lips he shall bring about evil.

31Grey hair is a crown of adorning, It is found in the way of righteousness.

32He who is patient is better than the mighty, And he who rules over his spirit than he who takes a city.

33The lot is cast into the lap, But every decision by it is from יהוה.

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