Proverbs 16 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Proverbs 16


Proverbs 16:1

The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.

Proverbs 16:2

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the spirits.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto Jehovah, And thy purposes shall be established.

Proverbs 16:4

Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:5

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: [Though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:6

By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:7

When a man’s ways please Jehovah, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:8

Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 16:9

A man’s heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:10

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

Proverbs 16:11

A just balance and scales are Jehovah’s; All the weights of the bag are his work.

Proverbs 16:12

It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness.

Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right.

Proverbs 16:14

The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it.

Proverbs 16:15

In the light of the king’s countenance is life; And his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.

Proverbs 16:16

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Proverbs 16:17

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Proverbs 16:18

Pride [goeth] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:19

Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:20

He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he.

Proverbs 16:21

The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Proverbs 16:22

Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is [their] folly.

Proverbs 16:23

The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips.

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:25

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 16:26

The appetite of the laboring man laboreth for him; For his mouth urgeth him [thereto].

Proverbs 16:27

A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Proverbs 16:28

A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 16:29

A man of violence enticeth his neighbor, And leadeth him in a way that is not good.

Proverbs 16:30

He that shutteth his eyes, [it is] to devise perverse things: He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass.

Proverbs 16:31

The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:32

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 16:33

The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.

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