Chapter 16

It is better to get wisdom than gold—Pride goes before destruction—The gray hair of the righteous person is a crown of glory.

 The apreparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the btongue, is from the Lord.

 All the ways of a man are aclean in his bown eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

 aCommit thy works unto the Lord, and thy bthoughts shall be established.

 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 Every one that is aproud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the afear of the Lord men bdepart from cevil.

 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his aenemies to be at bpeace with him.

 aBetter is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

 A man’s heart adeviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

 10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not 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 awickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

 13 aRighteous blips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

 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 favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

 16 How much better is it to get awisdom than gold! and to get bunderstanding rather to be chosen than silver!

 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

 18 aPride goeth before destruction, and an bhaughty spirit before a fall.

 19 Better it is to be of an ahumble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 20 He that ahandleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso btrusteth in the Lord, chappy is he.

 21 The wise in heart shall be called aprudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

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

 25 There is a away that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning afire.

 28 A froward man soweth astrife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

 31 aThe hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

 32 He that is slow to aanger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

 33 The alot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.