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Proverbs 16

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 1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.1

 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits.2

 3 Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.

 4 The LORD has made all things for himself; yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 5 Everyone who is proud [or arrogant] in their heart is an abomination to the LORD; though like many others, he shall not go unpunished.

 6 By mercy and truth iniquity [sin] is purged [from the heart], and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. [What truth purges evil to make you free of sin?—the word of truth that you hear spoken to you by the Lord. If you continue in my word, you are true disciples; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32. In what word are you to continue or abide and obey?—the word that is within your heart to hear and obey, Rom 10:8, Deu 30:11-15. The beginning of the fear of God is to depart from evil.]

 7 When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

 8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

 9 A man's heart devises his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

 10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king, his mouth should not transgresses 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 for kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.

 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him who speaks what is noble and true.

 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.

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

 16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to choose understanding rather than silver!

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

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

 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

 21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.

 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

 23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.3

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

 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its ends are the ways of death.

 26 He who labors, labors for himself for his mouth and appetite motivate him.

 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, and his lips are as a burning fire.

 28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates good friends.

 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, 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 The hoary head 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 who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city.

 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole determination of it, is from the LORD.


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1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD: the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deu 30:14.

2 God reveals unrighteousness to the spiritual man. The natural man cannot accept the things of God and cannot see the depth of unrighteousness. This is a basic function of the Holy Spirit — to convince the world of sin [unrighteousness]. The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting it to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying... immorality, impurity, greed... evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. From the word of the Lord within: "Every thought of man is at best a vain hiss." Because that which may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19. Sin, and all other understandings from God, have to be shown to a man by God, before a man can see sin and unrighteousness.

3 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips. The word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deu 30:14.

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