Proverbs Chapter 16
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)


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1The preparations of the heart in man, and the answere of the tongue, is from the Lord.1

2 All the wayes of a man are cleane in his owne eyes: but the Lord weigheth the spirits.2

3 Commit thy workes vnto the Lord, and thy thoughts shalbe established.3

4 The Lord hath made all things for himselfe: yea, euen the wicked for the day of euill.4

5 Euery one that is proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord: though hand ioyne in hand, he shall not be vnpunished.5

6 By mercy and trueth iniquitie is purged: and by the feare of the Lord, men depart from euill.

7 When a mans wayes please the Lord, he maketh euen his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousnesse, then great reuenewes without right.8

9 A mans heart deuiseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.9

10 A diuine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in iudgement.10

11 A iust weight and ballance are the Lords: all the weights of the bagge are his worke.11

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickednesse: for the throne is established by righteousnesse.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings: and they loue him that speaketh right.

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

15 In the light of the kings countenance is life, and his fauour is as a cloude of the latter raine.15

16 How much better is it to get wisedome, then gold? and to get vnderstanding, rather to be chosen then siluer?16

Slow to anger.

17 The high way of the vpright is to depart from euill: hee that keepeth his way, preserueth his soule.

18 Pride goeth before destruction: and an hautie spirit before a fall.18

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, then to diuide the spoile with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely, shall finde good: and who so trusteth in the Lord, happy is hee.20

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent; and the sweetnesse of the lips increaseth learning.

22 Understanding is a well-spring of life vnto him that hath it: but the instruction of fooles is folly.22

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

24 Pleasant words are as an honycombe, sweete to the soule, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right vnto a man; but the end thereof are the wayes of death.25

26 Hee that laboureth, laboureth for himselfe; for his mouth craueth it of him.26

27 An vngodly man diggeth vp euill: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.27

28 A froward man soweth strife; & a whisperer separateth chiefe friends.28

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

30 He shutteth his eyes to deuise froward things: moouing his lips he bringeth euill to passe.

31 The hoary head is a crowne of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousnesse.

32 He that is slow to anger, is better then the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit, then he that taketh a citie.

33 The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.


Proverbs Chapter 16 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):

1 Vers.9. and chap. 19.21. and 20.24. ier. 10.23. , Or. disposings.
2 Cha.21.2.
3 Psal. 37. 5. and 55. 23. mat. 6. 25. luke 12. 22. 1.pet.5.4. , Heb. rolle.
4 Iob 21.30.
5 Chap.6.7. and 8.13. , Heb. helde innocent.
8 Psal. 37. 16. chap. 15. 16.
9 Vers. 1.
10 Heb. diuination.
11 Leuit. 19. 36. chap. 11. 1. , Heb. all the stones.
15 Chap. 19. 12.
16 Cha.8.11.
18 Cha. 11. 2. and 18.12.
20 Or, he that vnderstandeth a matter. , Psal.2.12. and 34.9. and 125.1. isa. 30. 18. iere.17.7.
22 Chap. 13. 14.
23 Heb. maketh wise.
25 Chap.14. 12.
26 Heb. the soule of him that laboureth. , Heb. boweth vnto him.
27 Heb. a man of Belial.
28 Chap.6. 14,19. and 15. 18. and 26. 21. and 29. 22. , Heb. sendeth foorth.

* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania


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