Proverbs 16:6

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

By mercy and trueth iniquitie is purged: and by the feare of the Lord, men depart from euill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

By mercy and good faith evil-doing is taken away: and by the fear of the Lord men are turned away from evil.
- Basic English Bible

By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for; and by the fear of Jehovah [men] depart from evil.
- Darby Bible

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
- Webster's Bible

By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
- World English Bible

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

By mercy and truth iniquity is expiated; and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 16:6


16:6 By mercy - By a merciful and just and faithful frame of heart and course of life. Is purged - As they qualify a man to offer up acceptable prayers to God for the pardon of his sins. By fear - By a filial reverence unto God. Depart - They are kept from abusing pardoning mercy, and from returning to folly or wickedness.


Discussion for Proverbs 16

  • Brianna
    Vs. 9 TRUTH! Let us not become down hearted when a situation does not go the way intended. If we have prayed for God direction, and allow him to act in our behalf, then perhaps Jehovah God will do things in a way that will be beneficial in the long run.
  • Irene123
    To Robt. Androvic, Pro.16:1 on 7/18/'15; As many times as I've read that scripture - I never saw that!! Thank-you. (Acts2:38)
  • Irene123
    V. 9 - man proposes, God disposes
  • Created life
    God created the heavens and the earth nothing come through the father except through him.
  • Joyce Ballentine
    Proverbs 16:16 "How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver." MY MY MY!!! ONLY THE LORD THROUGH HIS WORD CAN GIVE US THE INSIGHT TO LIVE A BLESSED AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE IN THIS WORLD THAT IS FULL OF SIN AND DECIET! SATAN, WHO IS THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD TRIES TO MAKE US THINK MONEY WILL SOLVE EVERYTHING, BUT ITS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAD MONEY OVERDOSING OR COMMITTING SU
  • Joyce Ballentine
    Proverbs 16:9 "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." LOOKING BACK OVER MY LIFE I KNOW THAT GOD HAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED MY STEPS NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I MADE THE WRONG STEPS. TRULY HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT IN MY LIFE! REMEMBER: THE LORD HAS THE BEST PLANS FOR OUR LIVES RATHER WE KNOW IT OR NOT! AMEN! GLORY BE TO GOD!!!

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