The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 16:1–33

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The preparations of the heart are man's, but the answer of the tongue is from YHWH.

It is for man to prepare the soul, and for the Lord to govern the tongue.

THE reasoning of the mind is from man; but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

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All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but YHWH weigheth the spirits.

All the works of the humble man are manifest with God; but the ungodly shall perish in an evil day.

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Commit thy works unto YHWH, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Open your works to the Lord, and your intentions will be set in order.

Commit your works to the LORD, and he will establish your thoughts.

YHWH hath made every things for His own purpose, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

The Lord has wrought all things because of himself. Likewise the impious is for the evil day.

All the works of the LORD are for those who will hearken to him; but the wicked are reserved for the day of calamity.

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Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to YHWH; my hand upon it! he shall not be unpunished.

All the arrogant are an abomination to the Lord. Even if hand will be joined to hand, he is not innocent. The beginning of a good way is to do justice. And this is more acceptable with God than to immolate sacrifices.

Every one who is proud in his heart is an abomination to the LORD; and he who stretches out his hand against his neighbor shall not be pardoned because of this evil.

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By mercy and truth iniquity is expiated; and by the fear of YHWH men depart from evil.

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When a man's ways please YHWH, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

The beginning of a good way is to do justly; and it is more acceptable with God than to offer sacrifices.

When the ways of man will please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.

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Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

He that seeks the Lord shall find knowledge with righteousness: and they that rightly seek him shall find peace.

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A man's heart deviseth his way; but YHWH directeth his steps.

All of the works of the Lord are done with righteousness; and the ungodly man is kept for the evil day.

The heart of man disposes his way. But it is for Lord to direct his steps.

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10  A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; his mouth trespasseth not in judgment.

10  There is an oracle upon the lips of a king; and his mouth shall not err in judgement.

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11  A just balance and scales are YHWH'S; all the weights of the bag are His work.

11  The poise of the balance is righteousness with the Lord; and his works are righteous measures.

11  Weights and scales are judgments of the Lord. And all the stones in the bag are his work.

12  It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; for the throne is established by righteousness.

12  An evil-doer is an abomination to a king; for the throne of rule is established by righteousness.

12  Those who act impiously are abominable to the king. For the throne is made firm by justice.

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13  Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

13  Just lips are the will of kings. He who speaks honestly shall be loved.

13  The lips of a righteous man are the delight of a king; and he loves the word of the upright.

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

14  The indignation of a king is a herald of death. And the wise man will appease it.

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15  In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

15  The son of a king is in the light of life; and they that are in favour with him are as a cloud of latter rain.

15  In the cheerfulness of the king’s countenance, there is life. And his clemency is like belated rain.

16  How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

16  The brood of wisdom is more to be chosen than gold, and the brood of prudence more to be chosen than silver.

16  Possess wisdom, for it is better than gold. And acquire prudence, for it is more precious than silver.

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17  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

17  The paths of life turn aside from evil; and the ways of righteousness are length of life. He that receives instruction shall be in prosperity; and he that regards reproofs shall be made wise. He that keeps his ways, preserves his own soul; and he that loves his life will spare his mouth.

17  The path of the just turns away from evils. He who guards his soul preserves his way.

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18  Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

18  Arrogance precedes destruction. And the spirit is exalted before a fall.

18  Disgrace goes before destruction, and pride before misfortune.

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19  Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the humble, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

19  Better is a meek-spirited man with lowliness, than one who divides spoils with the proud.

19  It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the arrogant.

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20  He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; and whoso trusteth in YHWH, happy is he.

20  He who is skillful in business finds good: but he that trusts in God is most blessed.

20  The learned in word shall find good things. And whoever hopes in the Lord is blessed.

21  The wise in heart is called a man of discernment; and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

21  Men call the wise and understanding evil: but they that are pleasing in speech shall hear more.

21  Whoever is wise in heart shall be called prudent. And whoever is sweet in eloquence shall attain to what is greater.

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22  Understanding is a fountain of life unto him that hath it; but folly is the chastisement of fools.

22  Learning is a fountain of life to one who possesses it. The doctrine of the foolish is senseless.

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

23  The heart of the wise will discern the things which proceed from his own mouth; and on his lips he will wear knowledge.

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24  Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

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25  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

25  There are ways that seem to be right to a man, but the end of them looks to the depth of hell.

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26  The hunger of the labouring man laboureth for him; for his mouth compelleth him.

26  A man who labours, labours for himself, and drives from him his own ruin.

26  A sorrowful person grieves himself; from his own mouth comes his destruction.

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27  An ungodly man diggeth up evil, and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

27  But the perverse bears destruction upon his own mouth: a foolish man digs up evil for himself, and treasures fire on his own lips.

27  The impious man digs up evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

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28  A froward man soweth strife; and a whisperer separateth familiar friends.

28  A perverse man spreads mischief, and will kindle a torch of deceit with mischiefs; and he separates friends.

28  A wicked man threatens justice and persecutes his neighbor without cause.

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29  A man of violence enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into a way that is not good.

29  A transgressor tries to ensnare friends, and leads them in ways that are not good.

29  A wicked man entices his neighbor and leads him into the way that is not good.

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30  He that shutteth his eyes, it is to devise froward things; he that biteth his lips bringeth evil to pass.

30  And the man that fixes his eyes devises perverse things, and marks out with his lips all evil: he is a furnace of wickedness.

30  Whoever, with astonished eyes, thinks up depravities, biting his lips, accomplishes evil.

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31  The hoary head is a crown of glory, it is found in the way of righteousness.

31  Old age is a crown of dignity, when it is found in the ways of justice.

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32  He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

32  A man slow to anger is better than a strong man; and he that governs his temper better than he that takes a city.

32  A patient man is better than a strong one. And whoever rules his soul is better than one who assaults cities.

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33  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of YHWH.

33  All evils come upon the ungodly into their bosoms; but all righteous things come of the Lord.

33  Lots are cast into the lap, but they are tempered by the Lord.