Proverbs 16
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1  A man may arrange his thoughts, But what he says depends on Hashem.

א  לְאָדָם מַעַרְכֵי־לֵב וּמֵיְהוָה מַעֲנֵה לָשׁוֹן׃

2  All the ways of a man seem right to him, But Hashem probes motives.

ב  כָּל־דַּרְכֵי־אִישׁ זַךְ בְּעֵינָיו וְתֹכֵן רוּחוֹת יְהוָה׃

3  Entrust your affairs to Hashem, And your plans will succeed.

ג  גֹּל אֶל־יְהוָה מַעֲשֶׂיךָ וְיִכֹּנוּ מַחְשְׁבֹתֶיךָ׃

4  Hashem made everything for a purpose, Even the wicked for an evil day.

KOL pa-AL a-do-NAI l’-ma-a-NAY-hu v’-gam ra-SHA l’-YOM ra-AH

ד  כֹּל פָּעַל יְהוָה לַמַּעֲנֵהוּ וְגַם־רָשָׁע לְיוֹם רָעָה׃

16:4   Hashem made everything for a purpose

Since we know that Hashem is good, sometimes we assume that bad things happen despite Him. This verse reminds us that everything, even that which we perceive as evil, was created by God for a purpose. Though the reason is not always clear, we must look for the good that comes from every situation. The slavery in Egypt, for example, led to the formation of the nation of Israel, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, and ultimately the acquisition of the land of Israel. With this verse in mind, we can rest assured that Israel’s many enemies and the threats facing the Jewish state today are also part of Hashem’s divine plan and will lead to the greatest good through the redemption of Israel and the world.1 comment

5  Every haughty person is an abomination to Hashem; Assuredly, he will not go unpunished.

ה  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה כָּל־גְּבַהּ־לֵב יָד לְיָד לֹא יִנָּקֶה׃

6  Iniquity is expiated by loyalty and faithfulness, And evil is avoided through fear of Hashem.

ו  בְּחֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת יְכֻפַּר עָוֺן וּבְיִרְאַת יְהוָה סוּר מֵרָע׃

7  When Hashem is pleased with a man’s conduct, He may turn even his enemies into allies.

ז  בִּרְצוֹת יְהוָה דַּרְכֵי־אִישׁ גַּם־אוֹיְבָיו יַשְׁלִם אִתּוֹ׃

8  Better a little with righteousness Than a large income with injustice.

ח  טוֹב־מְעַט בִּצְדָקָה מֵרֹב תְּבוּאוֹת בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט׃

9  A man may plot out his course, But it is Hashem who directs his steps.

ט  לֵב אָדָם יְחַשֵּׁב דַּרְכּוֹ וַיהוָה יָכִין צַעֲדוֹ׃

10  There is magic on the lips of the king; He cannot err in judgment.

י  קֶסֶם עַל־שִׂפְתֵי־מֶלֶךְ בְּמִשְׁפָּט לֹא יִמְעַל־פִּיו׃

11  Honest scales and balances are Hashem’s; All the weights in the bag are His work.

יא  פֶּלֶס וּמֹאזְנֵי מִשְׁפָּט לַיהוָה מַעֲשֵׂהוּ כָּל־אַבְנֵי־כִיס׃

12  Wicked deeds are an abomination to kings, For the throne is established by righteousness.

יב  תּוֹעֲבַת מְלָכִים עֲשׂוֹת רֶשַׁע כִּי בִצְדָקָה יִכּוֹן כִּסֵּא׃

13  Truthful speech wins the favor of kings; They love those who speak honestly.

יג  רְצוֹן מְלָכִים שִׂפְתֵי־צֶדֶק וְדֹבֵר יְשָׁרִים יֶאֱהָב׃

14  The king’s wrath is a messenger of death, But a wise man can appease it.

יד  חֲמַת־מֶלֶךְ מַלְאֲכֵי־מָוֶת וְאִישׁ חָכָם יְכַפְּרֶנָּה׃

15  The king’s smile means life; His favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

טו  בְּאוֹר־פְּנֵי־מֶלֶךְ חַיִּים וּרְצוֹנוֹ כְּעָב מַלְקוֹשׁ׃

16  How much better to acquire wisdom than gold; To acquire understanding is preferable to silver.

טז  קְנֹה־חָכְמָה מַה־טּוֹב מֵחָרוּץ וּקְנוֹת בִּינָה נִבְחָר מִכָּסֶף׃

17  The highway of the upright avoids evil; He who would preserve his life watches his way.

יז  מְסִלַּת יְשָׁרִים סוּר מֵרָע שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ נֹצֵר דַּרְכּוֹ׃

18  Pride goes before ruin, Arrogance, before failure.

יח  לִפְנֵי־שֶׁבֶר גָּאוֹן וְלִפְנֵי כִשָּׁלוֹן גֹּבַהּ רוּחַ׃

19  Better to be humble and among the lowly Than to share spoils with the proud.

יט  טוֹב שְׁפַל־רוּחַ אֶת־עניים [עֲנָוִים] מֵחַלֵּק שָׁלָל אֶת־גֵּאִים׃

20  He who is adept in a matter will attain success; Happy is he who trusts in Hashem.

כ  מַשְׂכִּיל עַל־דָּבָר יִמְצָא־טוֹב וּבוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה אַשְׁרָיו׃

21  The wise-hearted is called discerning; One whose speech is pleasing gains wisdom.

כא  לַחֲכַם־לֵב יִקָּרֵא נָבוֹן וּמֶתֶק שְׂפָתַיִם יֹסִיף לֶקַח׃

22  Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it, And folly is the punishment of fools.

כב  מְקוֹר חַיִּים שֵׂכֶל בְּעָלָיו וּמוּסַר אֱוִלִים אִוֶּלֶת׃

23  The mind of the wise man makes his speech effective And increases the wisdom on his lips.

כג  לֵב חָכָם יַשְׂכִּיל פִּיהוּ וְעַל־שְׂפָתָיו יֹסִיף לֶקַח׃

24  Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweet to the palate and a cure for the body.

כד  צוּף־דְּבַשׁ אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם מָתוֹק לַנֶּפֶשׁ וּמַרְפֵּא לָעָצֶם׃

25  A road may seem right to a man, But in the end it is a road to death.

כה  יֵשׁ דֶּרֶךְ יָשָׁר לִפְנֵי־אִישׁ וְאַחֲרִיתָהּ דַּרְכֵי־מָוֶת׃

26  The appetite of a laborer labors for him, Because his hunger forces him on.

כו  נֶפֶשׁ עָמֵל עָמְלָה לּוֹ כִּי־אָכַף עָלָיו פִּיהוּ׃

27  A scoundrel plots evil; What is on his lips is like a scorching fire.

כז  אִישׁ בְּלִיַּעַל כֹּרֶה רָעָה וְעַל־שפתיו [שְׂפָתוֹ] כְּאֵשׁ צָרָבֶת׃

28  A shifty man stirs up strife, And a querulous one alienates his friend.

כח  אִישׁ תַּהְפֻּכוֹת יְשַׁלַּח מָדוֹן וְנִרְגָּן מַפְרִיד אַלּוּף׃

29  A lawless man misleads his friend, Making him take the wrong way.

כט  אִישׁ חָמָס יְפַתֶּה רֵעֵהוּ וְהוֹלִיכוֹ בְּדֶרֶךְ לֹא־טוֹב׃

30  He closes his eyes while meditating deception; He purses his lips while deciding upon evil.

ל  עֹצֶה עֵינָיו לַחְשֹׁב תַּהְפֻּכוֹת קֹרֵץ שְׂפָתָיו כִּלָּה רָעָה׃

31  Gray hair is a crown of glory; It is attained by the way of righteousness.

לא  עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת שֵׂיבָה בְּדֶרֶךְ צְדָקָה תִּמָּצֵא׃

32  Better to be forbearing than mighty, To have self-control than to conquer a city.

לב  טוֹב אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם מִגִּבּוֹר וּמֹשֵׁל בְּרוּחוֹ מִלֹּכֵד עִיר׃

33  Lots are cast into the lap; The decision depends on Hashem.

 

לג  בַּחֵיק יוּטַל אֶת־הַגּוֹרָל וּמֵיְהוָה כָּל־מִשְׁפָּטוֹ׃

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