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Proverbs 16 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

16 ¶ Of man are the preparations of the heart, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

¶ All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirits.

¶ Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

¶ The LORD has made all things by himself, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

¶ Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; the covenant that he makes, shall not be without chastening.

¶ By mercy and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

¶ When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

¶ Better is a little with righteousness than a great number of fruits with injustice.

¶ The heart of man devises his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

10 ¶ A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; his mouth does not transgress in judgment.

11 ¶ A just weight and balance are the LORD’s; all the weights of the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is to be established with righteousness.

13 ¶ Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaks that which is right.

14 ¶ The wrath of the king is as a messenger of death, but the wise man will avoid it.

15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 ¶ How much better is it to acquire wisdom than gold! and to acquire understanding is worth more than silver!

17 ¶ The highway of the upright is to separate himself from evil; he that keeps his way preserves his soul.

18 ¶ Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 ¶ It is better to humble your spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 ¶ He who has understanding in the word shall find good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

21 ¶ The wise in heart is called a man of understanding; and the sweetness of the lips shall increase doctrine.

22 ¶ Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

23 ¶ The heart of the wise causes his mouth to be prudent, and with his lips he shall increase doctrine.

24 ¶ Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and medicine to the bones.

25 ¶ There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

26 ¶ The soul of him that labours, labours for himself; for his mouth craves it of him.

27 ¶ The man of Belial digs in search of evil, and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 The perverse man sows strife, and the tale bearer separates princes.

29 ¶ The evil man flatters his neighbour and leads him into the way that is not good.

30 He shuts his eyes to devise perverse things; moving his lips he brings evil to pass.

31 ¶ Old age is a crown of glory if it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

33 ¶ The lot is cast into the lap, but the judgment thereof is of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

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Proverbs 16 New International Version (NIV)

16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

The Lord works out everything to its proper end
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.

In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.

10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
    and his mouth does not betray justice.

11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
    all the weights in the bag are of his making.

12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
    for a throne is established through righteousness.

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
    they value the one who speaks what is right.

14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
    but the wise will appease it.

15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
    his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    to get insight rather than silver!

17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
    those who guard their ways preserve their lives.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
    than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
    and gracious words promote instruction.[b]

22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
    but folly brings punishment to fools.

23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
    and their lips promote instruction.[c]

24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

25 There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
    their hunger drives them on.

27 A scoundrel plots evil,
    and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
    and a gossip separates close friends.

29 A violent person entices their neighbor
    and leads them down a path that is not good.

30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
    whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
    it is attained in the way of righteousness.

32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
    one with self-control than one who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
    but its every decision is from the Lord.


  1. Proverbs 16:20 Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good
  2. Proverbs 16:21 Or words make a person persuasive
  3. Proverbs 16:23 Or prudent / and make their lips persuasive
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