Proverbs 16 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Mortals make elaborate 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 Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand. 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
8 Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you're smart to stay clear of someone like that. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives; they're like spring rain and sunshine. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 Get wisdom - it's worth more than money; choose insight over income every time. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The road of right living bypasses evil; watch your step and save your life. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 First pride, then the crash - the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It's better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one's reputation. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 True intelligence is a spring of fresh water, while fools sweat it out the hard way. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious speech is like clover honey - good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There's a way that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
26 Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 Calloused climbers betray their very own friends; they'd stab their own grandmothers in the back. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 A shifty eye betrays an evil intention; a clenched jaw signals trouble ahead. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.