The Book of Proverbs

Proverbs Sixteen

1: The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. 2: All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. 3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 4: The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. 5: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. 6: By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. 7: When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. 9: A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. 10: A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. 11: A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his work. 12: It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. 13: Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. 14: The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. 15: In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain. 16: How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! 17: The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. 18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19: Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20: He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. 21: The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 22: Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. 23: The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. 24: Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. 25: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. 26: He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. 27: An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 28: A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 29: A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. 30: He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. 31: The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. 32: He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. 33: The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.


1: Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. 2: A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. 3: The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 4: A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 5: Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 6: Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 7: Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 8: A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 9: He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. 10: A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 11: An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12: Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13: Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14: The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15: He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. 16: Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? 17: A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18: A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 19: He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. 20: He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. 21: He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. 22: A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. 23: A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24: Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 25: A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. 26: Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 27: He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28: Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.


1: Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. 2: A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. 3: When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. 4: The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. 5: It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6: A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7: A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. 8: The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 9: He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. 10: The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11: The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. 12: Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. 13: He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. 14: The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? 15: The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 16: A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. 17: He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him. 18: The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. 19: A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. 20: A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 22: Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. 23: The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. 24: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.


1: Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 2: Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. 3: The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. 4: Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. 5: A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. 6: Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. 7: All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him. 8: He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. 9: A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. 10: Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes. 11: The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. 12: The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass. 13: A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. 14: House and riches are the inheritance of fathers and a prudent wife is from the LORD. 15: Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. 16: He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die. 17: He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. 18: Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. 19: A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. 20: Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. 21: There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. 22: The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. 23: The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. 24: A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25: Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. 26: He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. 27: Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. 28: An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. 29: Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.


1: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2: The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3: It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4: The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5: Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6: Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 7: The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 8: A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 9: Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10: Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD. 11: Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12: The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them. 13: Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 14: It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15: There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16: Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 17: Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18: Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. 19: He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. 20: Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. 21: An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22: Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. 23: Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good. 24: Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? 25: It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry. 26: A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them. 27: The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. 28: Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. 29: The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head. 30: The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.


1: The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. 2: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. 3: To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 4: An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. 5: The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. 6: The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. 7: The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. 8: The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right. 9: It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. 10: The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes. 11: When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 12: The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. 13: Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. 14: A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. 15: It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. 16: The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. 17: He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 18: The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 19: It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. 20: There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. 21: He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. 22: A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. 23: Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. 24: Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. 25: The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 26: He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. 27: The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? 28: A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly. 29: A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way. 30: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. 31: The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.


1: A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. 2: The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. 3: A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. 4: By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. 5: Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them. 6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 7: The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. 8: He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. 9: He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. 10: Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. 11: He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. 12: The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor. 13: The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets. 14: The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein. 15: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. 16: He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want. 17: Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 18: For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. 19: That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. 20: Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21: That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? 22: Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23: For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. 24: Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. 26: Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. 27: If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee? 28: Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. 29: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.


1: When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3: Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. 4: Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. 5: Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. 6: Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: 7: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 8: The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. 9: Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 10: Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11: For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee. 12: Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. 13: Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14: Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. 15: My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16: Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 17: Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. 18: For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. 19: Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20: Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. 22: Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24: The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 25: Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. 26: My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. 27: For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28: She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. 29: Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30: They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31: Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32: At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33: Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34: Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35: They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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