Chapter 16

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1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answere of the tongue, is from the Lord.

2 All the wayes of a man are cleane in his owne eyes: but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

3 Commit thy workes vnto the Lord, and thy thoughts shalbe established.

4 The Lord hath made all things for himselfe: yea, euen the wicked for the day of euill.

5 Euery one that is proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord: though hand ioyne in hand, he shall not be vnpunished.

6 By mercy and trueth iniquitie is purged: and by the feare of the Lord, men depart from euill.

7 When a mans wayes please the Lord, he maketh euen his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousnesse, then great reuenewes without right.

9 A mans heart deuiseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

10 A diuine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in iudgement.

11 A iust weight and ballance are the Lords: all the weights of the bagge are his worke.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickednesse: for the throne is established by righteousnesse.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings: and they loue him that speaketh right.

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

15 In the light of the kings countenance is life, and his fauour is as a cloude of the latter raine.

16 How much better is it to get wisedome, then gold? and to get vnderstanding, rather to be chosen then siluer?

17 The high way of the vpright is to depart from euill: hee that keepeth his way, preserueth his soule.

18 Pride goeth before destruction: and an hautie spirit before a fall.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, then to diuide the spoile with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely, shall finde good: and who so trusteth in the Lord, happy is hee.

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

22 Understanding is a well-spring of life vnto him that hath it: but the instruction of fooles is folly.

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

24 Pleasant words are as an honycombe, sweete to the soule, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right vnto a man; but the end thereof are the wayes of death.

26 Hee that laboureth, laboureth for himselfe; for his mouth craueth it of him.

27 An vngodly man diggeth vp euill: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A froward man soweth strife; & a whisperer separateth chiefe friends.

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

30 He shutteth his eyes to deuise froward things: moouing his lips he bringeth euill to passe.

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

32 He that is slow to anger, is better then the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit, then he that taketh a citie.

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

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Commentary for Proverbs 16

1 The renewing grace of God alone prepares the heart for every good work. This teaches us that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think or speak any thing wise and good. #2|. Ignorance, pride, and self-flattery render us partial judges respecting our own conduct. #3|. Roll the burden of thy care upon God, and leave it with him, by faith and dependence on him. 4|. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. #5|. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. #6|. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. #7|. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. #8|. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. #9|. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. #11|. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment. 12|. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. #13|. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. #14,15|. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. #16|. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. #17|. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. #18|. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. #19|. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. #21|. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. #22|. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. #23|. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. #24|. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. #25|. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. #26|. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish. 27,28|. Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character! #29,30|. Some do all the mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. #31|. Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. #32|. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. #33|. All the disposal of Providence concerning our affairs, we must look upon to be the determining what we referred to God; and we must be reconciled to them accordingly. Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Proverbs 16

  • Angela
    Proverbs chpt.16 v 25 when a man ways please God nothing too hard he won't do for you that's why we must serve him in spirit and truth and do which is right in God sight Verse 5 God does not love when you are proud in heart Verse 3 commit the works unto the lord, and they thoughts shall be established, Verse 20 He that handler a matter wisely shall find good:and whoso trusted in the Lord him
  • Joe red rog
    When one walks upright in the commands of the lord. As Jesus taught obeying the commands of Jesus will make the trinity love you. Then with gods love even enemies will find no fault with you and gods grace will give you peace. It is through obedience that we gain love. And just like others have said coveting a sin will make gods love leave you and can lead to troubles with those involved in the coveting. Coveting can also lead to stealing another sin which can cause further problems. So just like it says obey gods commands and you will be at peace with all. Comment if you agree or disagree. Cheers.
  • Holly Sue Allen
    I think it means to me that even his enemies will not find a reason to accuse. When your following Gods commands to love God first...your keeping his law which pleases God and his second command to love others covers our right relationship with all those we meet and keeps us from offending by our deeds.
  • Steve morrow
    PRO16:25there is a waythat seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death16:26he that laboreth laboreth for himself for his mouth craveth it of him 16:27an ungodly man diggeth up evil and in his lips there is a burning fire16:28a froward man soweth strife and a whisperer separateth chief friends16:29a violent man enticeth his neighbor and leadeth him into theway that isnot good
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 16:6 by mercy and truth iniquity is purged and by the fear of THE LORD men depart from evil --16:7-- WHEN A MANS WAYS PLEASE THE LORD HE MAKETH EVEN HIS ENEMIES TO BE AT PEACE WITH HIM --16:8----- 16:18-- pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall --16:25-- THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMETH RIGHT UNTO MAN BUT THE END THEREOF ARE THE WAYS OF DEATH
  • Lady A
    GOD us so amazing, His word NEVER returns void. The LORD speaks through many circumstances and situations. I will forever Trust in the LORD........

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