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Proverbs - Chapters 16-31 | bible.old.testament

Proverbs - Chapters 16-31
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16:1: The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
16:2: All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Yahweh weighs the motives.
16:3: Commit your deeds to Yahweh, And your plans shall succeed.
16:4: Yahweh has made everything for its own end-- Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
16:5: Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh: They shall assuredly not be unpunished.
16:6: By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
16:7: When a man's ways please Yahweh, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
16:8: Better is a little with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.
16:9: A man's heart plans his course, But Yahweh directs his steps.
16:10: Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth.
16:11: Honest balances and scales are Yahweh's; All the weights in the bag are his work.
16:12: It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, For the throne is established by righteousness.
16:13: Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.
16:14: The king's wrath is a messenger of death, But a wise man will pacify it.
16:15: In the light of the king's face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.
16:16: How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
16:17: The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
16:18: Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
16:19: It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the plunder with the proud.
16:20: He who heeds the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.
16:21: The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.
16:22: Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the punishment of fools is their folly.
16:23: The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.
16:24: Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
16:25: There is a way which seems right to a man, But in the end it leads to death.
16:26: The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; For his mouth urges him on.
16:27: A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.
16:28: A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.
16:29: A man of violence entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.
16:30: One who winks his eyes to plot perversities, One who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.
16:31: Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.
16:32: One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; One who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
16:33: The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from Yahweh.

17:1: Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
17:2: A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, And shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.
17:3: The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, But Yahweh tests the hearts.
17:4: An evil-doer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
17:5: Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
17:6: Children's children are the crown of old men; The glory of children are their parents.
17:7: Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, Much less do lying lips fit a prince.
17:8: A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
17:9: He who covers an offense promotes love; But he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
17:10: A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred lashes into a fool.
17:11: An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
17:12: Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.
17:13: Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.
17:14: The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, Therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
17:15: He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
17:16: Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he has no understanding?
17:17: A friend loves at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.
17:18: A man void of understanding strikes hands, And becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
17:19: He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
17:20: One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, And one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
17:21: He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.
17:22: A cheerful heart makes good medicine, But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
17:23: A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, To pervert the ways of justice.
17:24: Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
17:25: A foolish son brings grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.
17:26: Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to flog officials for their integrity.
17:27: He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.
17:28: Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.

18:1: An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, And defies all sound judgment.
18:2: A fool has no delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own opinion.
18:3: When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, And with shame comes disgrace.
18:4: The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
18:5: To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, Nor to deprive the innocent of justice.
18:6: A fool's lips come into strife, And his mouth invites beatings.
18:7: A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are a snare to his soul.
18:8: The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: They go down into a person's innermost parts.
18:9: One who is slack in his work Is brother to him who is a master of destruction.
18:10: The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: The righteous run to him, and are safe.
18:11: The rich man's wealth is his strong city, Like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.
18:12: Before destruction the heart of man is proud, But before honor is humility.
18:13: He who gives answer before he hears, That is folly and shame to him.
18:14: A man's spirit will sustain him in sickness, But a crushed spirit, who can bear?
18:15: The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
18:16: A man's gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
18:17: He who pleads his cause first seems right; Until another comes and questions him.
18:18: The lot settles disputes, And keeps strong ones apart.
18:19: A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; And disputes are like the bars of a castle.
18:20: A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
18:21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love it will eat its fruit.
18:22: Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor of Yahweh.
18:23: The poor plead for mercy, But the rich answer harshly.
18:24: A man of many companions may be ruined, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

19:1: Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
19:2: It isn't good to have zeal without knowledge; Nor being hasty with one's feet and missing the way.
19:3: The foolishness of man subverts his way; His heart rages against Yahweh.
19:4: Wealth adds many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend.
19:5: A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.
19:6: Many will entreat the favor of a ruler, And everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
19:7: All the relatives of the poor shun him: How much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.
19:8: He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.
19:9: A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who utters lies shall perish.
19:10: Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool, Much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
19:11: The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. It is his glory to overlook an offense.
19:12: The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.
19:13: A foolish son is the calamity of his father. A wife's quarrels are a continual dripping.
19:14: House and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from Yahweh.
19:15: Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep. The idle soul shall suffer hunger.
19:16: He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.
19:17: He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh; He will reward him.
19:18: Discipline your son, for there is hope; Don't be a willing party to his death.
19:19: A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty, For if you rescue him, you must do it again.
19:20: Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter end.
19:21: There are many plans in a man's heart, But Yahweh's counsel will prevail.
19:22: That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness. A poor man is better than a liar.
19:23: The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment; He rests and will not be touched by trouble.
19:24: The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
19:25: Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
19:26: He who robs his father and drives away his mother, Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
19:27: If you stop listening to instruction, my son, You will stray from the words of knowledge.
19:28: A corrupt witness mocks justice, And the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.
19:29: Penalties are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools

20:1: Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler; Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
20:2: The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion: He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
20:3: It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarreling.
20:4: The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
20:5: Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.
20:6: Many men claim to ...
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