As a child I had learned a verse from the old King James Bible: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Today, I read the same verse, but in its context and in the New International Version: “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” So, I then realized that the section in Proverbs chapter 11 is giving wisdom for governments. I had been understanding it simply as good personal advice, and I still think it is. Also, this advice can be applied to any project — whether civic or social or business or individual.
When I was a Union Rep, I learned that it is often better to listen than to speak. Also, it is wise to find knowledgeable counselors before starting any endeavor. Any leader needs all eyes and viewpoints in the decision-making process. Otherwise, one can find himself out on a limb all alone!
It is the same when making any personal decisions. For example, when deciding whether or not to start venturing down the Gospel Road, the wisdom of Solomon remains steadfast.
When reading the Bible the advice is the same. Use a couple different Bible versions written in the words you normally use, a language that you can easily understand. Those translations will be your counselors. They will give you guidance for understanding the meaning of Bible texts that can be applied to your life.
The various versions are readily available online. Biblehub.com is an easy one to use. Like most, it is also free to use. Please note that paraphrased versions may also help, but often have opinions salted into the original message. (Too much salt can ruin the meal.) Without knowing the actual translation, one can make errant decisions. Side by side use is fine. At any rate, I highly recommend reading the Bible. Anything to discover the Truth about God.