Proverbs 16 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The plans of the heart belong to humans, but an answer on the tongue comes from the LORD. 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
2 A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the LORD weighs motives. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Entrust your efforts to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The LORD has made everything for his own purpose, even wicked people for the day of trouble. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 Everyone with a conceited heart is disgusting to the LORD. Certainly, [such a person] will not go unpunished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 By mercy and faithfulness, peace is made with the LORD. By the fear of the LORD, evil is avoided. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
8 Better a few [possessions] gained honestly than many gained through injustice. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 When a divine revelation is on a king's lips, he cannot voice a wrong judgment. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 Honest balances and scales belong to the LORD. He made the entire set of weights. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Wrongdoing is disgusting to kings because a throne is established through righteousness. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings are happy with honest words, and whoever speaks what is right is loved. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 A king's anger announces death, but a wise man makes peace with him. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 When the king is cheerful, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud bringing spring rain. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold, and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The highway of decent people turns away from evil. Whoever watches his way preserves his own life. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be humble with lowly people than to share stolen goods with arrogant people. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives attention to the LORD's word prospers, and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The person who is truly wise is called understanding, and speaking sweetly helps others learn. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to the one who has it, but stubborn fools punish themselves with their stupidity. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 A wise person's heart controls his speech, and what he says helps others learn. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are [like] honey from a honeycomb-- sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that seems right to a person, but eventually it ends in 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 works to his advantage, because his hunger drives him on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 A worthless person plots trouble, and his speech is like a burning fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A devious person spreads quarrels. A gossip separates the closest of friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person misleads his neighbor and leads him on a path that is not good. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks his eye is plotting something devious. Whoever bites his lips has finished his evil work. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 Silver hair is a beautiful crown found in a righteous life. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 Better to get angry slowly than to be a hero. Better to be even-tempered than to capture a city. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 The dice are thrown, but the LORD determines every outcome. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.