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Proverbs 16 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:1 - We can make our own plans,
but the LORD gives the right answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:2 - People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the LORD examines their motives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:3 - Commit your actions to the LORD,
and your plans will succeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:4 - The LORD has made everything for his own purposes,
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:5 - The LORD detests the proud;
they will surely be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:6 - Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.
By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:7 - When people’s lives please the LORD,
even their enemies are at peace with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:8 - Better to have little, with godliness,
than to be rich and dishonest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:9 - We can make our plans,
but the LORD determines our steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:10 - The king speaks with divine wisdom;
he must never judge unfairly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:11 - The LORD demands accurate scales and balances;
he sets the standards for fairness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:12 - A king detests wrongdoing,
for his rule is built on justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:13 - The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:14 - The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
the wise will try to appease it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:15 - When the king smiles, there is life;
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:16 - How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:17 - The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
whoever follows that path is safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:19 - Better to live humbly with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:20 - Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
those who trust the LORD will be joyful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:21 - The wise are known for their understanding,
and pleasant words are persuasive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:22 - Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
but discipline is wasted on fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:23 - From a wise mind comes wise speech;
the words of the wise are persuasive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:24 - Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:25 - There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:26 - It is good for workers to have an appetite;
an empty stomach drives them on.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:27 - Scoundrels create trouble;
their words are a destructive blaze.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:28 - A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
gossip separates the best of friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:29 - Violent people mislead their companions,
leading them down a harmful path.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:30 - With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:31 - Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained by living a godly life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:32 - Better to be patient than powerful;
better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:33 - We may throw the dice,[fn]
but the LORD determines how they fall.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew We may cast lots.

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