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Proverbs 16 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A person is responsible to prepare his heart, but how the tongue speaks is from ADONAI. 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 pure in his own view, but ADONAI weighs the spirit. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 If you entrust all you do to ADONAI, your plans will achieve success. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 ADONAI made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of disaster. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 ADONAI detests all those with proud hearts; be assured that they will not go unpunished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Grace and truth atone for iniquity, and people turn from evil through fear of ADONAI. 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 ADONAI, he makes even the man's enemies 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 a little with righteousness than a huge income with injustice. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 A person may plan his path, but ADONAI directs his steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 Divine inspiration is on the lips of the king, so his mouth must be faithful when he judges. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 The balance and scales of justice have their origin in ADONAI; 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 It is an abomination for a king to do evil, for the throne is made secure by righteousness. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 The king should delight in righteous lips, and he should love someone who speaks what is right. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 The king's anger is a herald of death, and one who is wise will appease it. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 When the king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like the clouds that bring 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 than gold it is to gain wisdom! Yes, rather than money, choose to gain understanding. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 Avoiding evil is the highway of the upright; he who watches his step preserves his life. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and arrogance before failure. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be humble among the poor than share 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 has skill in a matter will succeed; he who trusts in ADONAI will be happy. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 A wise-hearted person is said to have discernment, and sweetness of speech adds to learning. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Common sense is a fountain of life to one who has it, whereas fools are punished by their own folly. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The wise man's heart teaches his mouth, and to his lips it adds learning. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and healing for the body. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There can be a way which seems right to a person, but at its end 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 A working man's appetite acts on his behalf, because his hunger presses him on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 A worthless person digs up evil [gossip] it is like scorching fire on his lips. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A deceitful person stirs up strife, and a slanderer can separate even close friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent man lures his neighbor astray and leads him into evil ways. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 One who winks knowingly is planning deceit; one who pinches his lips together has already done wrong. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 White hair is a crown of honor obtained by righteous living. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 He who controls his temper is better than a war hero, he who rules his spirit better than he who captures a city. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 One can cast lots into one's lap, but the decision comes from ADONAI. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.