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Proverbs 16:9 King James Version (KJV)

A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

A man’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 American Standard Version (ASV)

A man’s heart deviseth his way;
But Jehovah directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.

Proverbs 16:9 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

A man’s mind plans his way,
    but the Lord directs his steps.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 16 King James Version (KJV)

16 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

11 A just weight and balance are the Lord's: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Proverbs 16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 The reflections of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives.[a]

Commit your activities to the Lord,
and your plans will be achieved.

The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose—
even the wicked for the day of disaster.

Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord;
be assured,[b] he will not go unpunished.

Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness,
and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He[c] makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better a little with righteousness
than great income with injustice.

A man’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.

10 God’s verdict is on the lips of a king;[d]
his mouth should not give an unfair judgment.

11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
all the weights in the bag[e] are His concern.

12 Wicked behavior[f] is detestable to kings,
since a throne is established through righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are a king’s delight,
and he loves one who speaks honestly.

14 A king’s fury is a messenger of death,
but a wise man appeases it.

15 When a king’s face lights up, there is life;
his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.

16 Get wisdom—
how much better it is than gold!
And get understanding—
it is preferable to silver.

17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
the one who guards his way protects his life.

18 Pride comes before destruction,
and an arrogant spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble[g]
than to divide plunder with the proud.

20 The one who understands a matter finds success,
and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.

21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,
and pleasant speech[h] increases learning.

22 Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor,
but the discipline of fools is folly.

23 A wise heart instructs its mouth
and increases learning with its speech.[i]

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb:
sweet to the taste[j] and health to the body.[k]

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.

26 A worker’s appetite works for him
because his hunger[l] urges him on.

27 A worthless man digs up evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.

28 A contrary man spreads conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.

29 A violent man lures his neighbor,
leading him in a way that is not good.

30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions;
the one who compresses his lips brings about evil.

31 Gray hair is a glorious crown;
it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 Patience is better than power,
and controlling one’s temper,[m] than capturing a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 16:2 Lit weighs spirits
  2. Proverbs 16:5 Lit hand to hand
  3. Proverbs 16:7 Or he
  4. Proverbs 16:10 Or A divination is on the lips of a king
  5. Proverbs 16:11 Merchants kept the stones for their scales in a bag.
  6. Proverbs 16:12 Either the king’s or someone else’s behavior
  7. Proverbs 16:19 Alt Hb tradition reads afflicted
  8. Proverbs 16:21 Lit and sweetness of lips
  9. Proverbs 16:23 Lit learning upon his lips
  10. Proverbs 16:24 Lit throat
  11. Proverbs 16:24 Lit bones
  12. Proverbs 16:26 Lit mouth
  13. Proverbs 16:32 Lit and ruling over one’s spirit

Proverbs 16 American Standard Version (ASV)

16 The plans of the heart belong to man;
But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;
But Jehovah weigheth the spirits.
[a]Commit thy works unto Jehovah,
And thy purposes shall be established.
Jehovah hath made everything for [b]its own end;
Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah:
Though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for;
And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.
When a man’s ways please Jehovah,
He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little, with righteousness,
Than great revenues with injustice.
A man’s heart deviseth his way;
But Jehovah directeth his steps.
10 [c]A divine sentence is in the lips of the king;
His mouth shall not transgress in judgment.
11 A just balance and scales are Jehovah’s;
All the weights of the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness;
For the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings;
And they love him that speaketh right.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death;
But a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life;
And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!
Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:
He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
18 Pride goeth before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the [d]poor,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He that [e]giveth heed unto the word shall find good;
And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent;
And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it;
But the correction of fools is their folly.
23 The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth,
And addeth learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 There is a way which [f]seemeth right unto a man,
But the end thereof are the ways of death.
26 The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him;
For his mouth urgeth him thereto.
27 A worthless man [g]deviseth mischief;
And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
28 A perverse man scattereth abroad strife;
And a whisperer [h]separateth chief friends.
29 A man of violence enticeth his neighbor,
And leadeth him in a way that is not good.
30 [i]He that shutteth his eyes, it is to devise perverse things:
He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass.
31 The hoary head is a crown of [j]glory;
[k]It shall be found in the way of righteousness.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap;
But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 16:3 Hebrew Roll.
  2. Proverbs 16:4 Or, his own purpose
  3. Proverbs 16:10 Hebrew Divination.
  4. Proverbs 16:19 Or, meek
  5. Proverbs 16:20 Or, handleth a matter wisely
  6. Proverbs 16:25 Or, is straight before
  7. Proverbs 16:27 Hebrew diggeth.
  8. Proverbs 16:28 Or, alienateth his friend
  9. Proverbs 16:30 Or, He that shutteth his eyes to devise perverse things, That compresseth his lips, bringeth etc.
  10. Proverbs 16:31 Or, beauty
  11. Proverbs 16:31 Or, If it be found

Proverbs 16 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

16 Of man [are] arrangements of the heart, And from Jehovah an answer of the tongue.

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering the spirits.

Roll unto Jehovah thy works, And established are thy purposes,

All things hath Jehovah wrought for Himself, And also the wicked [worketh] for a day of evil.

An abomination to Jehovah [is] every proud one of heart, Hand to hand he is not acquitted.

In kindness and truth pardoned is iniquity, And in the fear of Jehovah Turn thou aside from evil.

When a man's ways please Jehovah, even his enemies, He causeth to be at peace with him.

Better [is] a little with righteousness, Than abundance of increase without justice.

The heart of man deviseth his way, And Jehovah establisheth his step.

10 An oath [is] on the lips of a king, In judgment his mouth trespasseth not.

11 A just beam and balances [are] Jehovah's, His work [are] all the stones of the bag.

12 An abomination to kings [is] doing wickedness, For by righteousness is a throne established.

13 The delight of kings [are] righteous lips, And whoso is speaking uprightly he loveth,

14 The fury of a king [is] messengers of death, And a wise man pacifieth it.

15 In the light of a king's face [is] life, And his good-will [is] as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!

17 A highway of the upright [is], `Turn from evil,' Whoso is preserving his soul is watching his way.

18 Before destruction [is] pride, And before stumbling -- a haughty spirit.'

19 Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.

20 The wise in any matter findeth good, And whoso is trusting in Jehovah, O his happiness.

21 To the wise in heart is called, `Intelligent,' And sweetness of lips increaseth learning.

22 A fountain of life [is] understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise causeth his mouth to act wisely, And by his lips he increaseth learning,

24 Sayings of pleasantness [are] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and healing to the bone.

25 There is a way right before a man, And its latter end -- ways of death.

26 A labouring man hath laboured for himself, For his mouth hath caused [him] to bend over it.

27 A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips -- as a burning fire.

28 A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, And hath causeth him to go in a way not good.

30 Consulting his eyes to devise froward things, Moving his lips he hath accomplished evil.

31 A crown of beauty [are] grey hairs, In the way of righteousness it is found.

32 Better [is] the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.

33 Into the centre is the lot cast, And from Jehovah [is] all its judgment!

Proverbs 16 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

16 The plans of the mind belong to man,
    but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.
The Lord has made everything for its purpose,
    even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the Lord;
    be assured, he will not go unpunished.
By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
    and by the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.
When a man’s ways please the Lord,
    he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness
    than great revenues with injustice.
A man’s mind plans his way,
    but the Lord directs his steps.
10 Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king;
    his mouth does not sin in judgment.
11 A just balance and scales are the Lord’s;
    all the weights in the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
    for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
    and he loves him who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
    and 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.
16 To get wisdom is better[a] than gold;
    to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil;
    he who guards his way preserves his life.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
    and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
    than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who gives heed to the word will prosper,
    and happy is he who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise of heart is called a man of discernment,
    and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness.
22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it,
    but folly is the chastisement of fools.
23 The mind of the wise makes his speech judicious,
    and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
25 There is a way which seems right to a man,
    but its end is the way to death.[b]
26 A worker’s appetite works for him;
    his mouth urges him on.
27 A worthless man plots evil,
    and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse man spreads strife,
    and a whisperer separates close friends.
29 A man of violence entices his neighbor
    and leads him in a way that is not good.
30 He who winks his eyes plans[c] perverse things,
    he who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
31 A hoary head is a crown of glory;
    it is gained in a righteous life.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
    and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
    but the decision is wholly from the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 16:16 Gk Syr Vg Tg: Heb how much better
  2. Proverbs 16:25 Heb ways of death
  3. Proverbs 16:30 Gk Syr Vg Tg: Heb to plan
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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