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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 16

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1 The preparations of the heart are in man: but the answere of the tongue is of the Lord.

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

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

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

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5 All that are proude in heart, are an abomination to the Lord: though hand ioyne in hand, he shall not be vnpunished.

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6 By mercy and trueth iniquitie shalbe forgiuen, and by the feare of the Lord they depart from euill.

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7 When the wayes of a man please the Lord, he will make also his enemies at peace with him.

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8 Better is a litle with righteousnesse, then great reuenues without equitie.

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9 The heart of man purposeth his way: but the Lord doeth direct his steppes.

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10 A diuine sentence shalbe in the lips of the King: his mouth shall not transgresse in iudgement.

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11 A true weight and balance are of the Lord: all the weightes of the bagge are his worke.

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12 It is an abomination to Kings to commit wickednes: for the throne is stablished by iustice.

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13 Righteous lips are the delite of Kings, and the King loueth him that speaketh right things.

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

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15 In the light of the Kings coutenance is life: and his fauour is as a cloude of the latter raine.

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16 Howe much better is it to get wisedome then golde? and to get vnderstanding, is more to be desired then siluer.

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17 The pathe of the righteous is to decline from euil, and hee keepeth his soule, that keepeth his way.

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18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an high minde before the fall.

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19 Better it is to be of humble minde with the lowly, then to deuide the spoyles with the proude.

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20 He that is wise in his busines, shall finde good: and he that trusteth in the Lord, he is blessed.

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21 The wise in heart shall bee called prudent: and the sweetenesse of the lippes shall increase doctrine.

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22 Vnderstading is welspring of life vnto them that haue it: and the instruction of fooles is folly.

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23 The heart of the wise guideth his mouth wisely, and addeth doctrine to his lippes.

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24 Faire wordes are as an hony combe, sweetenesse to the soule, and health to the bones.

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

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26 The person that traueileth, traueileth for himselfe: for his mouth craueth it of him.

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27 A wicked man diggeth vp euill, and in his lippes is like burning fire.

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28 A frowarde person soweth strife: and a tale teller maketh diuision among princes.

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

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30 He shutteth his eyes to deuise wickednes: he moueth his lippes, and bringeth euil to passe.

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31 Age is a crowne of glory, when it is founde in the way of righteousnes.

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32 He that is slowe vnto anger, is better then the mightie man: and hee that ruleth his owne minde, is better then he that winneth a citie.

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

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