Comparing Proverbs 16:20-21

Proverbs 16:20 GW

Whoever gives attention to the LORD’s word prospers,
and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD.
The person who is truly wise is called understanding,
and speaking sweetly helps others learn.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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Whoever ponders a matter will be successful;
happy the one who trusts in the LORD!
The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment,
and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.
New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy. A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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