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Proverbs 16:1–9

The plans of the heart belong to man,

but lthe answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

mAll the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord nweighs the spirit. 1

oCommit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

pThe Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even qthe wicked for the day of trouble.

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is ran abomination to the Lord;

sbe assured, he will not go unpunished.

By tsteadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by uthe fear of the Lord one vturns away from evil.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,

whe makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

xBetter is a little with righteousness

than great revenues with injustice.

yThe heart of man plans his way,

but zthe Lord establishes his steps.

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Proverbs 16:1–9 — The New International Version (NIV)

To humans belong the plans of the heart,

but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,

but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.

The Lord works out everything to its proper end—

even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.

Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;

through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,

he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Better a little with righteousness

than much gain with injustice.

In their hearts humans plan their course,

but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

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.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — New Living Translation (NLT)

We can make our own plans,

but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,

but the Lord examines their motives.

Commit your actions to the Lord,

and your plans will succeed.

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,

even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests the proud;

they will surely be punished.

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.

By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

When people’s lives please the Lord,

even their enemies are at peace with them.

Better to have little, with godliness,

than to be rich and dishonest.

We can make our plans,

but the Lord determines our steps.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

The preparations of the heart 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 spirits.

Commit your works to the Lord,

And your thoughts will be established.

The Lord has made all for Himself,

Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.

In mercy and truth

Atonement is provided for iniquity;

And by the fear of the Lord one departs from 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 vast revenues without justice.

A man’s heart plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — New Century Version (NCV)

People may make plans in their minds,

but only the Lord can make them come true.

You may believe you are doing right,

but the Lord will judge your reasons.

Depend on the Lord in whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

The Lord makes everything go as he pleases.

He has even prepared a day of disaster for evil people.

The Lord hates those who are proud.

They will surely be punished.

Love and truth bring forgiveness of sin.

By respecting the Lord you will avoid evil.

When people live so that they please the Lord,

even their enemies will make peace with them.

It is better to be poor and right

than to be wealthy and dishonest.

People may make plans in their minds,

but the Lord decides what they will do.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — American Standard Version (ASV)

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.

Commit thy works unto Jehovah,

And thy purposes shall be established.

Jehovah hath made everything for 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.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

The purposes of the heart are of 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.

Commit thy works unto Jehovah, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Jehovah hath wrought everything on his own account, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Every proud heart is an abomination to Jehovah: hand for hand, he shall not be held innocent.

By loving-kindness 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 without right.

The heart of man deviseth his way, but Jehovah directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The plans of the heart belong to humans, 

but an answer on the tongue comes from the Lord

A person thinks all his ways are pure, 

but the Lord weighs motives. 

Entrust your efforts to the Lord

and your plans will succeed. 

The Lord has made everything for his own purpose, 

even wicked people for the day of trouble. 

Everyone with a conceited heart is disgusting to the Lord

Certainly, ⸤such a person⸥ will not go unpunished. 

By mercy and faithfulness, peace is made with the Lord

By the fear of the Lord, evil is avoided. 

When a person’s ways are pleasing to the Lord

he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 

Better a few ⸤possessions⸥ gained honestly 

than many gained through injustice. 

A person may plan his own journey, 

but the Lord directs his steps. 

Proverbs 16:1–9 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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.

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, 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 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.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The plans of the mind belong to mortals,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

All one’s ways may be pure in one’s 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.

All those who are arrogant are an abomination to the Lord;

be assured, they will not go unpunished.

By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil.

When the ways of people please the Lord,

he causes even their enemies to be at peace with them.

Better is a little with righteousness

than large income with injustice.

The human mind plans the way,

but the Lord directs the steps.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

To mortals belong the plans of the heart,

but from Yahweh comes the answer of the tongue.

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but Yahweh weighs the spirit.

Commit your work to Yahweh,

and your plans will be established.

All Yahweh has made is for his purpose,

and even the wicked for the day of trouble.

An abomination of Yahweh are all who are arrogant of heart;

rest assured, he will not go unpunished.

By loyalty and faithfulness, iniquity will be covered over,

and by fear of Yahweh one turns from evil.

When the ways of a man are pleasing to Yahweh,

even his enemies he will cause to make peace with him.

Better is little with righteousness

than great income with no justice.

The mind of a person will plan his ways,

and Yahweh will direct his steps.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

People make plans in their hearts.

But the Lord controls what they say.

Everything a man does might seem right to him.

But the Lord knows what that man is thinking.

Commit to the Lord everything you do.

Then your plans will succeed.

The Lord works everything out for his own purposes.

Even those who do wrong were made for a day of trouble.

The Lord hates all those who have proud hearts.

You can be sure that they will be punished.

Through love and truth sin is paid for.

People avoid evil when they have respect for the Lord.

When the way you live pleases the Lord,

he makes even your enemies live at peace with you.

It is better to have a little and do right

than to have a lot and be unfair.

In your heart you plan your life.

But the Lord decides where your steps will take you.

Proverbs 16:1–9 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

The plans of the heart belong to man,

But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,

But the Lord weighs the motives.

Commit your works to the Lord

And your plans will be established.

The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,

Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,

And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.

When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,

He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better is a little with righteousness

Than great income with injustice.

The mind of man plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.