Proverbs 16 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When a man's ways please 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 is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 Divination is on the lips of the king; His mouth must not transgress in judgment. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 Honest weights and scales are the Lord's; All the weights in the bag are His work. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 As messengers of death is the king's wrath, But a wise man will appease it. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of the king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. 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 man, But its end is the way of death. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.