PROVERBS 16 Selected Verses

Proverbs 16:1 (ESV)

The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 16:2 (ESV)

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord weighs the spirit.

Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:4 (ESV)

The Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Proverbs 16:5-8 (ESV)

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

be assured, he will not go unpunished.

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,

he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better is a little with righteousness

than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 16:19 (ESV)

19  It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:22 (ESV)

22  Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,

but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 16:28 (ESV)

28  A dishonest man spreads strife,

and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:32 (ESV)

32  Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,

and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

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Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14 (ESV)

1 The wisest of women builds her house,

but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Proverbs 14:3 (ESV)

By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,

but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Proverbs 14:6 (ESV)

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,

but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:17 (ESV)

17  A man of quick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:21 (ESV)

21  Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,

but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 14:23 (ESV)

23  In all toil there is profit,

but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:27 (ESV)

27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:29 (ESV)

29  Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 14:31 (ESV)

31  Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,

but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 14:34 (ESV)

34  Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.

 

The LORD Has Chosen Zion

Psalm 132:1–5 (ESV)

Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor,

all the hardships he endured,

how he swore to the Lord

and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,

“I will not enter my house

or get into my bed,

I will not give sleep to my eyes

or slumber to my eyelids,

until I find a place for the Lord,

a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Psalm 132:12 (ESV)

12  If your sons keep my covenant

and my testimonies that I shall teach them,

their sons also forever

shall sit on your throne.”

Psalm 132:13–15 (ESV)

13  For the Lord has chosen Zion;

he has desired it for his dwelling place:

14  “This is my resting place forever;

here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

15  I will abundantly bless her provisions;

I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Psalm 132:18 (ESV)

18  His enemies I will clothe with shame,

but on him his crown will shine.”

Practical Warnings

Proverbs 6:6 (ESV)

Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 6:12–15 (ESV)

12  A worthless person, a wicked man,

goes about with crooked speech,

13  winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,

points with his finger,

14  with perverted heart devises evil,

continually sowing discord;

15  therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;

in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (ESV)

16  There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

       17  haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18  a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that make haste to run to evil,

19  a false witness who breathes out lies,

and one who sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 26:4–6 (ESV)

Answer not a fool according to his folly,

lest you be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool

cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

Proverbs 26:12 (ESV)

12  Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 26:16 (ESV)

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who can answer sensibly.

The Righteous Will Never Be Moved

Psalm 112:1–10 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,

who greatly delights in his commandments!

His offspring will be mighty in the land;

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house,

and his righteousness endures forever.

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;

he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;

who conducts his affairs with justice.

For the righteous will never be moved;

he will be remembered forever.

He is not afraid of bad news;

his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,

until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.

He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever;

his horn is exalted in honor.

10  The wicked man sees it and is angry;

he gnashes his teeth and melts away;

the desire of the wicked will perish!