Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16

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1 We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer.

2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.

3 Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.

4 The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment.

5 The LORD despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.

6 Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the LORD.

7 When the ways of people please the LORD, he makes even their enemies live at peace with them.

8 It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest.

9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

10 The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly.

11 The LORD demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standard.

12 A king despises wrongdoing, for his rule depends on his justice.

13 The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.

14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise do what they can to appease it.

15 When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a gentle rain.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding than silver!

17 The path of the upright leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.

18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

19 It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be happy.

21 The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it's well presented.

22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.

23 From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.

24 Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.

27 Scoundrels hunt for scandal; their words are a destructive blaze.

28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

29 Violent people deceive their companions, leading them down a harmful path.

30 With narrowed eyes, they plot evil; without a word, they plan their mischief.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.

32 It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

33 We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.

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New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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