Proverbs 16 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We may make our plans, but God has the last word. 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
2 You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 Everything the Lord has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the Lord and nothing evil will happen to you. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When you please the Lord, you can make your enemies into friends. 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
8 It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income, dishonestly gained. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 You may make your plans, but God directs your actions. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 The king speaks with divine authority; his decisions are always right. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 The Lord wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 A king wants to hear the truth and will favor those who speak it. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 The king's favor is like the clouds that bring rain in the springtime - life is there. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 It is better - much better - to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going - it may save your life. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the Lord and you will be happy. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Kind words are like honey - sweet to the taste and good for your health. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 What you think is the right road may lead to death. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
26 A laborer's appetite makes him work harder, because he wants to satisfy his hunger. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 Violent people deceive their friends and lead them to disaster. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 Watch out for people who grin and wink at you; they have thought of something evil. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 Long life is the reward of the righteous; gray hair is a glorious crown. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 People cast lots to learn God's will, but God himself determines the answer. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.