Proverbs 16 (asv)
But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.
16:2All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;
But Jehovah weigheth the spirits.
16:3Commit thy works unto Jehovah,
And thy purposes shall be established.
16:4Jehovah hath made everything for its own end;
Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
16:5Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah:
Though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
16:6By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for;
And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.
16:7When a man's ways please Jehovah,
He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
16:8Better is a little, with righteousness,
Than great revenues with injustice.
16:9A man's heart deviseth his way;
But Jehovah directeth his steps.
16:10A divine sentence is in the lips of the king;
His mouth shall not transgress in judgment.
16:11A just balance and scales are Jehovah's;
All the weights of the bag are his work.
16:12It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness;
For the throne is established by righteousness.
16:13Righteous lips are the delight of kings;
And they love him that speaketh right.
16:14The wrath of a king is as messengers of death;
But a wise man will pacify it.
16:15In the light of the king's countenance is life;
And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16:16How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!
Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.
16:17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:
He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
16:18Pride goeth before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
16:19Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
16:20He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good;
And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he.
16:21The wise in heart shall be called prudent;
And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
16:22Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it;
But the correction of fools is their folly.
16:23The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth,
And addeth learning to his lips.
16:24Pleasant words are as a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
16:25There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
But the end thereof are the ways of death.
16:26The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him;
For his mouth urgeth him thereto.
16:27A worthless man deviseth mischief;
And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
16:28A perverse man scattereth abroad strife;
And a whisperer separateth chief friends.
16:29A man of violence enticeth his neighbor,
And leadeth him in a way that is not good.
16:30He that shutteth his eyes, it is to devise perverse things:
He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass.
16:31The hoary head is a crown of glory;
It shall be found in the way of righteousness.
16:32He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.
16:33The lot is cast into the lap;
But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.
Preceding Entry: Proverbs 15
Following Entry: Proverbs 17