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Chapter 16

1Of man [are] arrangements of the heart, And from Jehovah an answer of the tongue. 2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering the spirits. 3Roll unto Jehovah thy works, And established are thy purposes, 4All things hath Jehovah wrought for Himself, And also the wicked [worketh] for a day of evil. 5An abomination to Jehovah [is] every proud one of heart, Hand to hand he is not acquitted. 6In kindness and truth pardoned is iniquity, And in the fear of Jehovah Turn thou aside from evil. 7When a man`s ways please Jehovah, even his enemies, He causeth to be at peace with him. 8Better [is] a little with righteousness, Than abundance of increase without justice. 9The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step. 10An oath [is] on the lips of a king, In judgment his mouth trespasseth not. 11A just beam and balances [are] Jehovah`s, His work [are] all the stones of the bag. 12An abomination to kings [is] doing wickedness, For by righteousness is a throne established. 13The delight of kings [are] righteous lips, And whoso is speaking uprightly he loveth, 14The fury of a king [is] messengers of death, And a wise man pacifieth it. 15In the light of a king`s face [is] life, And his good-will [is] as a cloud of the latter rain. 16To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver! 17A highway of the upright [is], `Turn from evil,` Whoso is preserving his soul is watching his way. 18Before destruction [is] pride, And before stumbling -- a haughty spirit.` 19Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud. 20The wise in any matter findeth good, And whoso is trusting in Jehovah, O his happiness. 21To the wise in heart is called, `Intelligent,` And sweetness of lips increaseth learning. 22A fountain of life [is] understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly. 23The heart of the wise causeth his mouth to act wisely, And by his lips he increaseth learning, 24Sayings of pleasantness [are] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and healing to the bone. 25There is a way right before a man, And its latter end -- ways of death. 26A labouring man hath laboured for himself, For his mouth hath caused [him] to bend over it. 27A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips -- as a burning fire. 28A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend. 29A violent man enticeth his neighbour, And hath causeth him to go in a way not good. 30Consulting his eyes to devise froward things, Moving his lips he hath accomplished evil. 31A crown of beauty [are] grey hairs, In the way of righteousness it is found. 32Better [is] the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city. 33Into the centre is the lot cast, And from Jehovah [is] all its judgment!

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