Proverbs 16:1-24 - Wisdom's Blessings Come From The Lord

1 The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

4 The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

9 The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

10 A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.

11 A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.

12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.

14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.

15 In the light of a king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.

18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

19 It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

21 The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.