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Proverbs 16-18

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Chapter 16

1 The reflections of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord .(a)

2 All a man's ways seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives.[a](b)

3 Commit your activities to the Lord ,
and your plans will be achieved.(c)

4 The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose—
even the wicked for the day of disaster.(d)

5 Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord ;(e)
be assured,[b] he will not go unpunished.(f)

6 Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness,(g)
and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord .(h)

7 When a man's ways please the Lord ,
He[c] makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.(i)

8 Better a little with righteousness
than great income with injustice.(j)

9 A man's heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.(k)

10 God's verdict is on the lips of a king;[d](l)
his mouth should not give an unfair judgment.(m)

11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord 's;
all the weights in the bag[e] are His concern.(n)

12 Wicked behavior[f] is detestable to kings,(o)
since a throne is established through righteousness.(p)

13 Righteous lips are a king's delight,
and he loves one who speaks honestly.

14 A king's fury is a messenger of death,
but a wise man appeases it.(q)

15 When a king's face lights up, there is life;
his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.

16 Get wisdom—
how much better it is than gold!
And get understanding—
it is preferable to silver.(r)

17 The highway of the upright(s) avoids evil;
the one who guards his way protects his life.(t)

18 Pride comes before destruction,
and an arrogant spirit before a fall.(u)

19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble[g](v)
than to divide plunder with the proud.(w)

20 The one who understands a matter finds success,(x)
and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.(y)

21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,
and pleasant speech[h] increases learning.(z)

22 Insight is a fountain of life(aa) for its possessor,
but the discipline of fools is folly.

23 A wise heart instructs its mouth
and increases learning with its speech.[i](ab)

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb:(ac)
sweet to the taste[j] and health to the body.[k](ad)

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.(ae)

26 A worker's appetite works for him
because his hunger[l] urges him on.

27 A worthless man digs up evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.(af)

28 A contrary man spreads conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.(ag)

29 A violent man lures his neighbor,(ah)
leading him in a way that is not good.(ai)

30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions;
the one who compresses his lips brings about evil.(aj)

31 Gray hair is a glorious crown;(ak)
it is found in the way of righteousness.(al)

32 Patience is better than power,
and controlling one's temper,[m] than capturing a city.(am)

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord .(an)

Chapter 17

1 Better a dry crust with peace
than a house full of feasting with strife.(a)

2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and share an inheritance among brothers.

3 A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold,(b)
and the Lord is the tester of hearts.(c)

4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk;[a]
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker,(d)
and one who rejoices over calamity
will not go unpunished.(e)

6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly,
and the pride of sons is their fathers.

7 Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool's lips;
how much worse are lies for a ruler.

8 A bribe(f) seems like a magic stone to its owner;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.(g)

9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love,(h)
but whoever gossips about it separates friends.(i)

10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person
more than a hundred lashes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
a cruel messenger[b](j) will be sent against him.

12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs(k)
than a fool in his foolishness.

13 If anyone returns evil for good,(l)
evil will never depart from his house.(m)

14 To start a conflict is to release a flood;
stop the dispute before it breaks out.(n)

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just(o)
both are detestable to the Lord .

16 Why does a fool have money in his hand
with no intention of buying wisdom?(p)

17 A friend loves at all times,(q)
and a brother is born for a difficult time.

18 One without sense enters an agreement[c]
and puts up security for his friend.(r)

19 One who loves to offend loves strife;(s)
one who builds a high threshold invites injury.

20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed,
and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.(t)

21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow;
the father of a fool has no joy.(u)

22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.(v)

23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe(w)
to subvert the course of justice.(x)

24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive,
but a fool's eyes(y) roam to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son is grief to his father
and bitterness to the one who bore him.(z)

26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person
or to beat a noble for his honesty.[d](aa)

27 The intelligent person restrains his words,(ab)
and one who keeps a cool head[e]
is a man of understanding.

28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent,
discerning when he seals his lips.(ac)

Chapter 18

1 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound judgment.

2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
but only wants to show off his opinions.[a](a)

3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,
and along with dishonor, disgrace.

4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,(b)
a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.[b]

5 It is not good to show partiality to the guilty(c)
by perverting the justice due the innocent.(d)

6 A fool's lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.(e)

7 A fool's mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.(f)

8 A gossip's words are like choice food
that goes down to one's innermost being.[c](g)

9 The one who is truly lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[d](h)

10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower;(i)
the righteous run to it and are protected.[e](j)

11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.(k)

12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud,(l)
but humility comes before honor.(m)

13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.(n)

14 A man's spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?(o)

15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it.(p)

16 A gift opens doors[f] for a man
and brings him before the great.(q)

17 The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him.(r)

18 Casting the lot(s) ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.

19 An offended brother is harder to reach[g]
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.

20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips.(t)

21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.(u)

22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing(v)
and obtains favor from the Lord .(w)

23 The poor man pleads,(x)
but the rich one answers roughly.(y)

24 A man with many friends may be harmed,[h]
but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.(z)

 
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