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)

Footnotes:

a. Proverbs 16:2: Lit weighs spirits
b. Proverbs 16:5: Lit hand to hand
c. Proverbs 16:7: Or he
d. Proverbs 16:10: Or A divination is on the lips of a king
e. Proverbs 16:11: Merchants kept the stones for their scales in a bag.
f. Proverbs 16:12: Either the king’s or someone else’s behavior
g. Proverbs 16:19: Alt Hb tradition reads afflicted
h. Proverbs 16:21: Lit and sweetness of lips
i. Proverbs 16:23: Lit learning upon his lips
j. Proverbs 16:24: Lit throat
k. Proverbs 16:24: Lit bones
l. Proverbs 16:26: Lit mouth
m. Proverbs 16:32: Lit and ruling over one’s spirit

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