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16:1  The designs of the heart are man's, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.
16:2  All a man's ways are clean to himself; but the Lord puts men's spirits into his scales.
16:3  Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain.
16:4  The Lord has made everything for his purpose, even the sinner for the day of evil.
16:5  Everyone who has pride in his heart is disgusting to the Lord: he will certainly not go free from punishment.
16:6  By mercy and good faith evil-doing is taken away: and by the fear of the Lord men are turned away from evil.
16:7  When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his haters be at peace with him.
16:8  Better is a little with righteousness, than great wealth with wrongdoing.
16:9  A man may make designs for his way, but the Lord is the guide of his steps.
16:10  Decision is in the lips of the king: his mouth will not go wrong in judging.
16:11  True measures and scales are the Lord's: all the weights of the bag are his work.
16:12  Evil-doing is disgusting to kings: for the seat of the ruler is based on righteousness.
16:13  Lips of righteousness are the delight of kings; and he who says what is upright is dear to him.
16:14  The wrath of the king is like those who give news of death, but a wise man will put peace in place of it.
16:15  In the light of the king's face there is life; and his approval is like a cloud of spring rain.
16:16  How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! and to get knowledge is more to be desired than silver.
16:17  The highway of the upright is to be turned away from evil: he who takes care of his way will keep his soul.
16:18  Pride goes before destruction, and a stiff spirit before a fall.
16:19  Better it is to have a gentle spirit with the poor, than to take part in the rewards of war with men of pride.
16:20  He who gives attention to the law of right will get good; and whoever puts his faith in the Lord is happy.
16:21  The wise-hearted will be named men of good sense: and by pleasing words learning is increased.
16:22  Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the punishment of the foolish is their foolish behaviour.
16:23  The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his mouth, and gives increased learning to his lips.
16:24  Pleasing words are like honey, sweet to the soul and new life to the bones.
16:25  There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.
16:26  The desire of the working man is working for him, for his need of food is driving him on.
16:27  A good-for-nothing man is a designer of evil, and in his lips there is a burning fire.
16:28  A man of twisted purposes is a cause of fighting everywhere: and he who says evil secretly makes trouble between friends.
16:29  A violent man puts desire of evil into his neighbour's mind, and makes him go in a way which is not good.
16:30  He whose eyes are shut is a man of twisted purposes, and he who keeps his lips shut tight makes evil come about.
16:31  The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness.
16:32  He who is slow to be angry is better than a man of war, and he who has control over his spirit than he who takes a town.
16:33  A thing may be put to the decision of chance, but it comes about through the Lord.