Proverbs 16 New Living Translation

Proverbs concerning Life and Conduct

16 1  We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

2  People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.

3  Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

4  The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.

5  The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.

6  Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

7  When people's lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.

8  Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

9  We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

10  The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly.

11  The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness.

12  A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice.

13  The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.

14  The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it. 15  When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

16  How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!

17  The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.

18  Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

19  Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.

20  Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.

21  The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.

22  Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.

23  From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.

24  Kind words are like honey- sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

25  There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

26  It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.

27  Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze. 28  A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

29  Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path. 30  With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief.

31  Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.

32  Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

33  We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.


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