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Proverbs 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:1 - To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:2 - All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:3 - Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:4 - The LORD works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:5 - The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:6 - Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:7 - When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:8 - Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:9 - In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:10 - The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:11 - Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:12 - Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:13 - Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:14 - A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:15 - When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:16 - How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:17 - The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:19 - Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:20 - Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[fn] and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:21 - The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:22 - Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:23 - The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:24 - Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:25 - There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:26 - The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:27 - A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:28 - A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:29 - A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:30 - Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:31 - Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:32 - Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:33 - The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
NIV Footnotes
Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good
Or words make a person persuasive
Or prudent / and make their lips persuasive

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