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Proverbs 16 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 People make plans in their hearts. But the LORD controls what they say. 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
2 Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the LORD knows what that man is thinking. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit to the LORD everything you do. Then your plans will succeed. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The LORD works everything out for his own purposes. Even those who do wrong were made for a day of trouble. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD hates all those who have proud hearts. You can be sure that they will be punished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and truth sin is paid for. People avoid evil when they have respect for the Lord. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When the way you live pleases the Lord, he makes even your enemies live at peace with you. 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
8 It is better to have a little and do right than to have a lot and be unfair. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 In your heart you plan your life. But the LORD decides where your steps will take you. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 A king might speak as if his words come from God. But what he says should not turn right into wrong. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances come from the Lord. He made all of the weights in the bag. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 A king hates it when his people do what is wrong. A ruler is made secure when they do what is right. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings are pleased when what you say is honest. They value people who speak the truth. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 An angry king can order your death. But a wise man will try to calm him down. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 When a king's face is happy, it means life. His favor is like rain in the spring. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 It is much better to get wisdom than gold. It is much better to choose understanding than silver. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The path of honest people takes them away from evil. Those who guard their ways guard their lives. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 If you are proud, you will be destroyed. If you are proud, you will fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Suppose you are lowly in spirit and are with those who are beaten down. That's better than sharing stolen goods with those who are proud. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 If anyone pays attention to what he is taught, he will succeed. Blessed is the person who puts his trust in the Lord. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 Wise hearts are known for understanding what is right. Pleasant words make people want to learn more. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Understanding is like a fountain of life to those who have it. But foolish people are punished for the foolish things they do. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of wise people guide their mouths. Their words make people want to learn more. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that may seem right to a man. But in the end it leads to death. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
26 The hunger of a worker makes him work. His hunger drives him on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 A worthless man plans to do evil things. His words are like a burning fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A twisted person stirs up fights. Anyone who talks about others comes between close friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A man who wants to hurt others tries to get them to sin. He leads 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 When he winks with his eyes, he is planning to do wrong. When his lips are tightly closed, he is up to no good. 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a glorious crown. You get it by living the right way. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper than to take a city. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 Lots are cast into the lap to make decisions. But everything they decide comes from the Lord. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.