Proverbs

Proverbs 16 ©

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.

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THE 1preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

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aAll the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; bbut the LORD weigheth the spirits.

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2Commit cthy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

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The dLORD hath made all things for himself: eyea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

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fEvery one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be 3unpunished.

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By gmercy and truth hiniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

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iWhen a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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jBetter is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

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A kman's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

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4A ldivine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

l Ge. 44.15. v.12,13. De. 17.20.
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A mjust weight and balance are the LORD's: 5all the weights of the bag are his work.

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It is nan abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

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oRighteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

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The pwrath of a king is as messengers of death: qbut a wise man will pacify it.

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In rthe light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

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sHow much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

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The thighway of the upright is to depart from evil: uhe that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

u ch. 10.9; 4.23. Jude 20,21.
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vPride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

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wBetter it is to be xof an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

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6He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso ytrusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

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The zwise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

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aUnderstanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: bbut the instruction of fools is folly.

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The cheart of the wise 7teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

c Ps. 45.1; 37.30,31. Mat. 12.34,35. ch. 15.28.
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dPleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

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eThere is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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8He that laboureth flabour-eth for himself; for his mouth 9craveth it of him.

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10An gungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

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A h*froward man 11soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

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A iviolent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

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He jshutteth his eyes to devise *froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31

The khoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found lin the way of righteousness.

32

He that is mslow to anger is better than the mighty; nand he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

33

The olot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.