Proverbs 16
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1  The preparations of the heart are man’s, but the answer of the tongue is from Hashem.

א  לְאָדָם מַעַרְכֵי לֵב וּמֵיְהוָה מַעֲנֵה לָשׁוֹן.

2  All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Hashem weigheth the spirits.

ב  כָּל דַּרְכֵי אִישׁ זַךְ בְּעֵינָיו וְתֹכֵן רוּחוֹת יְהוָה.

3  Commit thy works unto Hashem, and thy thoughts shall be established.

ג  גֹּל אֶל יְהוָה מַעֲשֶׂיךָ וְיִכֹּנוּ מַחְשְׁבֹתֶיךָ.

4  Hashem hath made every things for His own purpose, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

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   The LORD hath made every things for His own purpose

Since we know that God 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 out of 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 aquisition 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 God’s divine plan.

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5  Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Hashem; my hand upon it! he shall not be unpunished.

ה  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה כָּל גְּבַהּ לֵב יָד לְיָד לֹא יִנָּקֶה.

6  By mercy and truth iniquity is expiated; and by the fear of Hashem men depart from evil.

ו  בְּחֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת יְכֻפַּר עָו‍ֹן וּבְיִרְאַת יְהוָה סוּר מֵרָע.

7  When a man’s ways please Hashem, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

ז  בִּרְצוֹת יְהוָה דַּרְכֵי אִישׁ גַּם אוֹיְבָיו יַשְׁלִם אִתּוֹ.

8  Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

ח  טוֹב מְעַט בִּצְדָקָה מֵרֹב תְּבוּאוֹת בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט.

9  A man’s heart deviseth his way; but Hashem directeth his steps.

ט  לֵב אָדָם יְחַשֵּׁב דַּרְכּוֹ וַיהוָה יָכִין צַעֲדוֹ.

10  A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; his mouth trespasseth not in judgment.

י  קֶסֶם עַל שִׂפְתֵי מֶלֶךְ בְּמִשְׁפָּט לֹא יִמְעַל פִּיו.

11  A just balance and scales are Hashem’S; all the weights of the bag are His work.

יא  פֶּלֶס וּמֹאזְנֵי מִשְׁפָּט לַיהוָה מַעֲשֵׂהוּ כָּל אַבְנֵי כִיס.

12  It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; for the throne is established by righteousness.

יב  תּוֹעֲבַת מְלָכִים עֲשׂוֹת רֶשַׁע כִּי בִצְדָקָה יִכּוֹן כִּסֵּא.

13  Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

יג  רְצוֹן מְלָכִים שִׂפְתֵי צֶדֶק וְדֹבֵר יְשָׁרִים יֶאֱהָב.

14  The wrath of a king is as messengers of death; but a wise man will pacify it.

יד  חֲמַת מֶלֶךְ מַלְאֲכֵי מָוֶת וְאִישׁ חָכָם יְכַפְּרֶנָּה.

15  In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

טו  בְּאוֹר פְּנֵי מֶלֶךְ חַיִּים וּרְצוֹנוֹ כְּעָב מַלְקוֹשׁ.

16  How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

טז  קְנֹה חָכְמָה מַה טּוֹב מֵחָרוּץ וּקְנוֹת בִּינָה נִבְחָר מִכָּסֶף.

17  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

יז  מְסִלַּת יְשָׁרִים סוּר מֵרָע שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ נֹצֵר דַּרְכּוֹ.

18  Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

יח  לִפְנֵי שֶׁבֶר גָּאוֹן וְלִפְנֵי כִשָּׁלוֹן גֹּבַהּ רוּחַ.

19  Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the humble, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

יט  טוֹב שְׁפַל רוּחַ אֶת עניים (עֲנָוִים) מֵחַלֵּק שָׁלָל אֶת גֵּאִים.

20  He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; and whoso trusteth in Hashem, happy is he.

כ  מַשְׂכִּיל עַל דָּבָר יִמְצָא טוֹב וּבוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה אַשְׁרָיו.

21  The wise in heart is called a man of discernment; and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

כא  לַחֲכַם לֵב יִקָּרֵא נָבוֹן וּמֶתֶק שְׂפָתַיִם יֹסִיף לֶקַח.

22  Understanding is a fountain of life unto him that hath it; but folly is the chastisement of fools.

כב  מְקוֹר חַיִּים שֵׂכֶל בְּעָלָיו וּמוּסַר אֱוִלִים אִוֶּלֶת.

23  The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

כג  לֵב חָכָם יַשְׂכִּיל פִּיהוּ וְעַל שְׂפָתָיו יֹסִיף לֶקַח.

24  Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

כד  צוּף דְּבַשׁ אִמְרֵי נֹעַם מָתוֹק לַנֶּפֶשׁ וּמַרְפֵּא לָעָצֶם.

25  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

כה  יֵשׁ דֶּרֶךְ יָשָׁר לִפְנֵי אִישׁ וְאַחֲרִיתָהּ דַּרְכֵי מָוֶת.

26  The hunger of the labouring man laboureth for him; for his mouth compelleth him.

כו  נֶפֶשׁ עָמֵל עָמְלָה לּוֹ כִּי אָכַף עָלָיו פִּיהוּ.

27  An ungodly man diggeth up evil, and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

כז  אִישׁ בְּלִיַּעַל כֹּרֶה רָעָה וְעַל שפתיו (שְׂפָתוֹ) כְּאֵשׁ צָרָבֶת.

28  A froward man soweth strife; and a whisperer separateth familiar friends.

כח  אִישׁ תַּהְפֻּכוֹת יְשַׁלַּח מָדוֹן וְנִרְגָּן מַפְרִיד אַלּוּף.

29  A man of violence enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into a way that is not good.

כט  אִישׁ חָמָס יְפַתֶּה רֵעֵהוּ וְהוֹלִיכוֹ בְּדֶרֶךְ לֹא טוֹב.

30  He that shutteth his eyes, it is to devise froward things; he that biteth his lips bringeth evil to pass.

ל  עֹצֶה עֵינָיו לַחְשֹׁב תַּהְפֻּכוֹת קֹרֵץ שְׂפָתָיו כִּלָּה רָעָה.

31  The hoary head is a crown of glory, it is found in the way of righteousness.

לא  עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת שֵׂיבָה בְּדֶרֶךְ צְדָקָה תִּמָּצֵא.

32  He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

לב  טוֹב אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם מִגִּבּוֹר וּמֹשֵׁל בְּרוּחוֹ מִלֹּכֵד עִיר.

33  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of Hashem.

לג  בַּחֵיק יוּטַל אֶת הַגּוֹרָל וּמֵיְהוָה כָּל מִשְׁפָּטוֹ.

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Proverbs 16