ESV — Proverbs 16

16  The plans of the heart belong to man,

but lthe answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

mAll the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord nweighs the spirit.1

oCommit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

pThe Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even qthe wicked for the day of trouble.

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is ran abomination to the Lord;

sbe assured, he will not go unpunished.

By tsteadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by uthe fear of the Lord one vturns away from evil.

When a man's ways please the Lord,

whe makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

xBetter is a little with righteousness

than great revenues with injustice.

yThe heart of man plans his way,

but zthe Lord establishes his steps.

10  aAn oracle is on the lips of a king;

his mouth does not sin in judgment.

11  bA just balance and scales are the Lord's;

all the weights in the bag are his work.

12  It is an abomination to kings to do evil,

for cthe throne is established by righteousness.

13  dRighteous lips are the delight of a king,

and he loves him who speaks what is right.

14  eA king's wrath is a messenger of death,

and a wise man will fappease it.

15  gIn the light of a king's face there is life,

and his dfavor is like hthe clouds that bring the spring rain.

16  iHow much better to get wisdom than jgold!

To get understanding is to be chosen rather than ksilver.

17  The highway of the upright lturns aside from evil;

whoever guards his way preserves his life.

18  mPride goes before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19  nIt is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

than to odivide the spoil with the proud.

20  Whoever gives thought to the word2 pwill discover good,

and blessed is he qwho trusts in the Lord.

21  The wise of heart is called discerning,

and sweetness of speech rincreases persuasiveness.

22  Good sense is sa fountain of life to him who has it,

but the instruction of fools is folly.

23  tThe heart of the wise makes his speech judicious

and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

24  uGracious words are like va honeycomb,

sweetness to the soul and whealth to the body.

25  There is a way that seems right to a man,

but its end is the way to death.3

26  A worker's appetite works for him;

his xmouth urges him on.

27  yA worthless man plots evil,

and his speech4 is like za scorching fire.

28  aA dishonest man spreads strife,

and ba whisperer cseparates close friends.

29  A man of violence dentices his neighbor

and leads him in a way that is not good.

30  Whoever winks his eyes plans5 edishonest things;

he who fpurses his lips brings evil to pass.

31  gGray hair is ha crown of glory;

it iis gained in a righteous life.

32  jWhoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,

and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

33  kThe lot is cast into the lap,

but its every decision is lfrom the Lord.


[1] 16:2 Or spirits
[2] 16:20 Or to a matter
[3] 16:25 Hebrew ways of death
[4] 16:27 Hebrew what is on his lips
[5] 16:30 Hebrew to plan