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Proverbs 16 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha (CEBA) New International Version (NIV)
1 To people belong the plans of the heart, 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 the ways of people are pure in their eyes, but the LORD tests the motives. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The LORD made everything for a purpose, even the wicked for an evil day. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD detests all who are arrogant; they surely won't go unpunished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Love and faithfulness reconcile guilt; the fear of the LORD turns away evil. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When a person's path draws favor from the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them. 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
8 Better a little with righteousness than great profits without justice. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 People plan their path, but the LORD secures their steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 A king's speech is like an oracle; in a judgment, one can't go against his words. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 Honest balances and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are his doing. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wicked deeds, for their thrones are founded on righteousness. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings favor those with righteous lips; they love words of integrity. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 The king's anger is a messenger of death; the wise will calm him. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 There's life in the light of the king's face. His favor is like a cloud that brings spring rain. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 Acquiring wisdom is much better than gold, and acquiring understanding is better than silver. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The road of those who do right turns away from evil; those who protect their path guard their lives. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride comes before disaster, and arrogance before a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be humble with the needy than to divide plunder with the proud. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Those with insight find prosperity; those who trust the LORD are blessed. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The skilled mind is called discerning, and pleasant speech enhances teaching. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 One who has insight is a fountain of life, but the instruction of the foolish is folly. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The mind of the wise makes their speech insightful and enhances the teaching of their lips. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are flowing honey, sweet to the taste and healing to the bones. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a path that may seem straight to someone, but in the end it is the path 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 workers labors for them, for their hunger presses them on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 Worthless people dig up trouble; their lips are like a scorching fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 Destructive people produce conflict; gossips alienate close friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 Violent people entice their neighbors and walk them down a path that isn't good. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 Those who wink their eye plot destruction; those who purse their lips plan evil. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is found on the path of righteousness. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 Better to be patient than a warrior, and better to have self-control 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 cast into the lap; all decisions are from the LORD. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.