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Proverbs 16 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 The plans of the mind belong to mortals, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.
2 All one's ways may be pure in one's own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. 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 be established. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 All those who are arrogant are an abomination to the Lord; be assured, they will not go unpunished. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil. 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 causes even their enemies to be 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 is a little with righteousness than large income with injustice. 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
10 Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment. 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 work. 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves those who speak what is right. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and whoever is wise will appease it. 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of a king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the 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 to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their way preserve their lives. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper, and happy are those who trust in the Lord. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise of heart is called perceptive, and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it, but folly is the punishment of fools. 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 judicious, and adds persuasiveness to their lips. 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 Sometimes there is a way that seems to be right, but in the end it is the way to 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 works for them; their hunger urges them on. 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
27 Scoundrels concoct evil, and their speech is like a scorching fire. 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 The violent entice their neighbors, and lead them in a way that is not good. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.
30 One who winks the eyes plans perverse things; one who compresses the lips brings evil to pass. 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 in a righteous life. 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one 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 The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord's alone. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.