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Proverbs 16

16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. (16:4) "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil."
God made bad people for the pleasure of punishing them.
Does God want some to go to hell?

(16:7) "When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."
If God likes you, will everyone else?

16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. (16:10-15) The divine right of kings

(16:10) "A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment."

16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his work.
16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. (16:12) "The throne is established by righteousness."
16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. (16:13) "Righteous lips are the delight of kings."
16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. (16:14) "The wrath of a king is as messengers of death."
16:15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain. (16:15) "In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain."
16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! (16:16) "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!"
Is wisdom a good thing?
16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (16:18-32) Pride, wisdom, and understanding.

(16:18) "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

(16:19) "Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud."

16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (16:21) "The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning."
16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. (16:22) "Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it."
16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (16:23) "The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips."
16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (16:24) "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. (16:28) "A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends."
16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. (16:31)
"The hoary head [gray hair] is a crown of glory."
16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (16:32) "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."
16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD. (16:33) "The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD."
All games of chance (gambling) are controlled by God.

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