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Proverbs 16 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The designs of the heart are man's, but the answer of 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 All a man's ways are clean to himself; but the Lord puts men's spirits into his scales. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for his purpose, even the sinner for the day of evil. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 Everyone who has pride in his heart is disgusting to the Lord: he will certainly not go free from punishment. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 By mercy and good faith evil-doing is taken away: and by the fear of the Lord men are turned away 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 are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his haters 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 wealth with wrongdoing. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 A man may make designs for his way, but the Lord is the guide of his steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 Decision is in the lips of the king: his mouth will not go wrong in judging. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 True measures and scales are the Lord'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 Evil-doing is disgusting to kings: for the seat of the ruler is based on righteousness. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Lips of righteousness are the delight of kings; and he who says what is upright is dear to him. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 The wrath of the king is like those who give news of death, but a wise man will put peace in place of 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 there is life; and his approval is like a cloud of 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 get wisdom than gold! and to get knowledge is more to be desired 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 be turned away from evil: he who takes care of his way will keep 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 stiff spirit before a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to have a gentle spirit with the poor, than to take part in the rewards of war with men of pride. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 He who gives attention to the law of right will get good; and whoever puts his faith in the Lord is happy. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise-hearted will be named men of good sense: and by pleasing words learning is increased. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the punishment of the foolish is their foolish behaviour. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his mouth, and gives increased learning to his lips. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasing words are like honey, sweet to the soul and new life to the bones. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is 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 desire of the working man is working for him, for his need of food is driving him on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 A good-for-nothing man is a designer of evil, and in his lips there is a burning fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A man of twisted purposes is a cause of fighting everywhere: and he who says evil secretly makes trouble between friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent man puts desire of evil into his neighbour's mind, and makes him go in a way which is not good. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 He whose eyes are shut is a man of twisted purposes, and he who keeps his lips shut tight makes evil come about. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen 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 be angry is better than a man of war, and he who has control over his spirit than he who takes a town. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 A thing may be put to the decision of chance, but it comes about through the Lord. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.