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Proverbs 16 - NIV

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.

9

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.

Footnotes

a. Proverbs 16:20 Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good
b. Proverbs 16:21 Or words make a person persuasive
c. Proverbs 16:23 Or prudentand make their lips persuasive


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Shared by: David Henderson on Apr, 2016
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2016
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Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Oct, 2015
Summary: This message deals with the way the Lord works with the inner motives of a man and how that ultimately all have to stand the test of time.
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Scripture: Proverbs 16:5
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Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
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Shared by: Dr. David Wesner on May, 2015
Summary: By living a godly life, by rejecting worldliness and letting God transform us, then, and only then can God accomplish His will for our lives.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Dec, 2014
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Scripture: Proverbs 16:33
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