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Proverbs 16

MSG 1 Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. NIV 1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. MSG 2 Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good. NIV 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. MSG 3 Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place. NIV 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. MSG 4 God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment. NIV 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster. MSG 5 God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place. NIV 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. MSG 6 Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil. NIV 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil. MSG 7 When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand. NIV 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. MSG 8 Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich. NIV 8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. MSG 9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously NIV 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. MSG 10 A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit. NIV 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice. MSG 11 God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business. NIV 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making. MSG 12 Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation. NIV 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness. MSG 13 Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth. NIV 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth. MSG 14 An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you're smart to stay clear of someone like that. NIV 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it. MSG 15 Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives; they're like spring rain and sunshine. NIV 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring. MSG 16 Get wisdom - it's worth more than money; choose insight over income every time. NIV 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! MSG 17 The road of right living bypasses evil; watch your step and save your life. NIV 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. MSG 18 First pride, then the crash - the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. NIV 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. MSG 19 It's better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous. NIV 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. MSG 20 It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God. NIV 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. MSG 21 A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one's reputation. NIV 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. MSG 22 True intelligence is a spring of fresh water, while fools sweat it out the hard way. NIV 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. MSG 23 They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases. NIV 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. MSG 24 Gracious speech is like clover honey - good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body. NIV 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. MSG 25 There's a way that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell. NIV 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. MSG 26 Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder. NIV 26 The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on. MSG 27 Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn. NIV 27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. MSG 28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships. NIV 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends. MSG 29 Calloused climbers betray their very own friends; they'd stab their own grandmothers in the back. NIV 29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. MSG 30 A shifty eye betrays an evil intention; a clenched jaw signals trouble ahead. NIV 30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil. MSG 31 Gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life. NIV 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. MSG 32 Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power. NIV 32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. MSG 33 Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say. NIV 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.