Proverbs 16 NLT

16 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,[a]  but the Lord determines how they fall.


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