Proverbs 16

1People make their plans. But it is the Lord who makes those things happen. 2A person thinks everything he does is right. But the Lord judges the real reasons people do things. 3Always turn to the Lord for help in everything you do, and you will be successful. 4The Lord has a plan for everything. And in the Lord’s plan, evil people will be destroyed. 5The Lord hates every person who thinks that he is better than other people. The Lord will surely punish all those proud people. 6True love and loyalty will make you pure. Respect the Lord, and you will stay far away from evil. 7If a person is living a good life, pleasing to the Lord, then even that person’s enemies will be at peace with him. 8It is better to gain only a little the right way than to gain much through cheating. 9A person can make plans about the things that he wants to do. But it is the Lord who decides what will happen. 10When a king speaks, his words are law. His decisions should always be fair. 11The Lord wants all scales and balances to be honest. He wants all business agreements to be fair. 12Kings hate people who do evil. Goodness will make his kingdom stronger. 13Kings want to hear the truth. Kings like people who don’t lie. 14When a king is angry, he can kill someone. And a wise person will try to keep the king happy. 15When the king is happy, life will be better for everyone. If the king is pleased with you, then it will be like spring rain falling from a cloud. 16Wisdom is worth much more than gold. Understanding is worth much more than silver. 17Good people live their lives trying to stay away from evil. The person who is careful with his life, is guarding his soul. 18If a person is proud, then he is in danger of destruction. If a person thinks he is better than other people, then he is in danger of defeat. 19It is better to be humble and live with poor people than to share wealth with people who think they are better than other people. 20The person who listens when people try to teach him will profit. And the person who trusts in the Lord will be blessed. 21People will know if a person is wise. And a person that carefully chooses his words can be very persuasive. 22Wisdom brings true life to people who have it. But fools only learn to be more foolish. 23A wise man always thinks before he speaks. And the words he says are good and worth hearing. 24Kind words are like honey. They are easy to accept and good for your health. 25There is a way that seems right to people. But that way leads only to death. 26A worker’s appetite keeps him working. His hunger makes him work so that he can eat. 27A worthless person plans bad things to do. His advice destroys like fire. 28A troublemaker is always causing problems. That person spreads gossip and causes trouble between close friends. 29A troublemaker causes a lot of trouble for his friends. He will lead them in a way that is not good. 30That person winks his eye while planning something destructive. He smiles while he is planning to hurt his neighbor. 31Gray hair is the crown of glory on people who have lived good lives. 32It is better to be patient than to be a strong soldier. It is better to control your anger than to take control over a whole city. 33People throw lots to make decisions. But the decisions always come from God.

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