16 1The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives.[L] 3Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved. 4The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose— even the wicked for the day of disaster. 5Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord; be assured,[M] he will not go unpunished. 6Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord. 7When a man’s ways please the Lord, He[N] makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice. 9A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. 10God’s verdict is on the lips of a king;[O] his mouth should not give an unfair judgment. 11Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag[P] are His concern. 12Wicked behavior[Q] is detestable to kings, since a throne is established through righteousness. 13Righteous lips are a king’s delight, and he loves one who speaks honestly. 14A king’s fury is a messenger of death, but a wise man appeases it. 15When a king’s face lights up, there is life; his favor is like a cloud with spring rain. 16Get wisdom— how much better it is than gold! And get understanding— it is preferable to silver. 17The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life. 18Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. 19Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble[R] than to divide plunder with the proud. 20The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy. 21Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning, and pleasant speech[S] increases learning. 22Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly. 23A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.[T] 24Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste[U] and health to the body.[V] 25There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 26A worker’s appetite works for him because his hunger[W] urges him on. 27A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. 28A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. 29A violent man lures his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good. 30The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions; the one who compresses his lips brings about evil. 31Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the way of righteousness. 32Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper,[X] than capturing a city. 33The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
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