Proverbs 16:18-27

Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.

Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
    than to share plunder with the proud.

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

The wise in heart are called discerning,
    and gracious words promote instruction.[b]

Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
    but folly brings punishment to fools.

The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
    and their lips promote instruction.[c]

Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

The appetite of laborers works for them;
    their hunger drives them on.

A scoundrel plots evil,
    and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.


Footnotes
  1. Proverbs 16:20 Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good
  2. Proverbs 16:21 Or words make a person persuasive
  3. Proverbs 16:23 Or prudent / and make their lips persuasive

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