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Proverbs 16 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Wisdom Is Better Than Gold
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:1 - The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:2 - All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the spirits.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:3 - Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:4 - The LORD has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:5 - Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
Though they join forces,[fn] none will go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:6 - In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:7 - When a man’s ways please the LORD,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:8 - Better is a little with righteousness,
Than vast revenues without justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:9 - A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:10 - Divination is on the lips of the king;
His mouth must not transgress in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:11 - Honest weights and scales are the LORD’s;
All the weights in the bag are His work.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:12 - It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
For a throne is established by righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:13 - Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And they love him who speaks what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:14 - As messengers of death is the king’s wrath,
But a wise man will appease it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:15 - In the light of the king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:16 - How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:17 - The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:19 - Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:20 - He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:21 - The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:22 - Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:23 - The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:24 - Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:25 - There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:26 - The person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:27 - An ungodly man digs up evil,
And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:28 - A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:29 - A violent man entices his neighbor,
And leads him in a way that is not good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:30 - He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
He purses his lips and brings about evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:31 - The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is found in the way of righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:32 - He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:33 - The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the LORD.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally hand to hand

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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