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Proverbs 16

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man,
But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions],
But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth].

[a]Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him],
And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].

The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked [according to their role] for the day of evil.

Everyone who is proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting and exceedingly offensive to the Lord;
Be assured he will not go unpunished.

By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart,
And by the fear of the Lord one avoids 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 income [gained] with injustice.

A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life],
But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.
10 
A divine decision [given by God] is on the lips of the king [as His representative];
His mouth should not be unfaithful or unjust in judgment.
11 
A just balance and [honest] scales are the Lord’s;
All the weights of the bag are His concern [established by His eternal principles].
12 
It is repulsive [to God and man] for kings to behave wickedly,
For a throne is established on righteousness (right standing with God).
13 
Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And he who speaks right is loved.
14 
The wrath of a king is like a messenger of death,
But a wise man will appease it.
15 
In the light of the king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud bringing the spring rain.
16 
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
17 
The highway of the upright turns away and departs from evil;
He who guards his way protects his life (soul).
18 
Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 
It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly
Than to divide the spoil with the proud (haughty, arrogant).
20 
He who pays attention to the word [of God] will find good,
And blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who trusts [confidently] in the Lord.
21 
The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweet speech increases persuasiveness and learning [in both speaker and listener].
22 
Understanding (spiritual insight) is a [refreshing and boundless] wellspring of life to those who have it,
But to give instruction and correction to fools is foolishness.
23 
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth [in wisdom]
And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.
25 
There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
But its end is the way of death.
26 
The appetite of a worker works for him,
For his hunger urges him on.
27 
A worthless man devises and digs up evil,
And the words on his lips are like a scorching fire.
28 
A perverse man spreads strife,
And one who gossips separates intimate friends.
29 
A violent and exceedingly covetous man entices his neighbor [to sin],
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30 
He who [slyly] winks his eyes does so to plot perverse things;
And he who compresses his lips [as if in a secret signal] brings evil to pass.
31 
The silver-haired head is a crown of splendor and glory;
It is found in the way of righteousness.
32 
He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier],
And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.
33 
The lot is cast into the lap,
[b]But its every decision is from the Lord.

  1. Proverbs 16:3 Lit Roll.
  2. Proverbs 16:33 This is the reason why the casting of lots was sanctioned in Israel for certain cases of decision-making (e.g. Lev 16:8; Josh 18:6, 8; 1 Chr 25:8, etc.). It was understood that the outcomes were controlled by God, and the seemingly random procedure eliminated human influence. The last time the ritual is mentioned in the Bible is in the choice of Matthias to replace Judas (Acts 1:26). Many believe that the filling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Acts 2 officially put an end to the ritual because it was then replaced by the direct guidance of the Spirit. It was never sanctioned or recommended as a way to determine God’s will in personal decision-making.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 16

1人は計画を立てますが、
その結果は主の手の中にあります。
人はいつも自分が正しいと思います。
しかし、主もそう思っているでしょうか。
自分でしようとしていることを主にゆだねなさい。
そうすればうまくいきます。
主はすべてのものを目的をもって造りました。
悪者でさえ、罰するために造られたのです。
主は高慢な人をきらいます。
そういう人は必ず罰せられます。
思いやりと真心があれば罪は除かれ、
主を恐れる気持ちがあれば悪に手を染めません。
主を喜ばせようとすれば、
その人の最大の敵も、主が味方に変えてくれます。
人をだまして大もうけするより、
わずかずつでも正直にかせぐほうがましです。
人は心に計画を立てます。
しかし、それを確かなものにするのは神です。
10 神は、王が正しく裁けるように助けるので、
王は間違ったことを言ってはいけません。
11 正直に商売すること、
それが主の決めた鉄則です。
12 王が悪を行うのは恐ろしいことです。
正しく治めてこそ、その地位は長続きするのです。
13 国民が正しく生きることは
王の喜びです。
14 王を怒らせるのは死刑を宣告されたようなもので、
知恵のある人は王の怒りをうまくなだめます。
15 王を喜ばせる者は目をかけられます。
16 知恵は金にまさり、
すぐれた理解力は銀にまさります。
17 神を恐れる人は悪を行いません。
その道を歩む者は安全です。
18 プライドが高すぎると身を滅ぼし、
高慢は失敗を招きます。
19 金持ちで高慢な人より、
貧しくても謙遜な人のほうが幸せです。
20 神のみことばを聞く人は祝福されます。
主に信頼する人は幸せです。
21 知恵のある人は聡明な人と呼ばれ、
人に好かれる最高の教師です。
22 知恵のある人は生きる喜びにあふれ、
愚か者は愚かさのために苦しみます。
23 知恵のある人のことばは的確で
説得力があります。
24 親切なことばははちみつのように甘く、
人々を元気づけます。
25 広くて歩きやすい道は正しい道に見えます。
しかし、その終点は死です。
26 食べるために働く気を起こさせるなら、
ひもじさも役に立ちます。
27 怠け者の手は悪魔の手、
その口は悪魔の口です。
28 悪人は争いを起こし、
陰口を言う者は親友が離れていきます。
29 悪者は仲間を作るのが大好きで、
人を罪に誘い込みます。
30 悪者は心の中で悪いことを企み、
口をすぼめてうかがっています。
31 白髪は光栄の冠、
神に従う人の中に多く見いだされます。
32 英雄よりも温和な者のほうがすぐれ、
軍隊を動かす指揮官よりも
自分を制する者のほうに力があります。
33 人はくじを引きますが、
その結果を決めるのは主です。