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Proverbs 16 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah. 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 clean in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the spirits. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit thy works unto Jehovah, And thy purposes shall be established. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: [Though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart 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 Jehovah, He maketh 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 great revenues with injustice. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 A just balance and scales are Jehovah's; All the weights of 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 to kings to commit wickedness; For the 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 that speaketh right. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify 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 countenance is life; And his favor is as 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 is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen 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 that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride [goeth] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, 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 that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is [their] 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 instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet 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 which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him; For his mouth urgeth him [thereto]. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A man of violence enticeth his neighbor, And leadeth 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 that shutteth his eyes, [it is] to devise perverse things: He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh 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 the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.