Proverbs 16 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer. 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their 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 then your plans will succeed. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the LORD. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7 When the ways of people please the LORD, he makes even their enemies live 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 It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice.
11 The LORD demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standard. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 A king despises wrongdoing, for his rule depends on his justice. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise do what they can to appease it. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a gentle rain. 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding than silver! 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The path of the upright leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be happy. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it's well presented. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Kind words are like honey -- sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 Scoundrels hunt for scandal; their words are a destructive blaze. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 Violent people deceive their companions, leading them down a harmful path. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 With narrowed eyes, they plot evil; without a word, they plan their mischief. 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 gained by living a godly life. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city. 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
33 We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.