Proverbs 16 CSB

1 The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.a

References for Proverbs 16:1

    • a 16:1 - Pr 16:9; 19:21
      2 All a man's ways seem right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the motives.b c

      References for Proverbs 16:2

        • b 16:2 - Lit weighs spirits
        • c 16:2 - Pr 17:3; 19:21; 21:2
          3 Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved.d

          References for Proverbs 16:3

            • d 16:3 - Ps 37:4-5
              4 The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose- even the wicked for the day of disaster.e

              References for Proverbs 16:4

                • e 16:4 - Rm 9:21-22
                  5 Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord;f be assured,g he will not go unpunished.h

                  References for Proverbs 16:5

                    • f 16:5 - Pr 6:16-17; 8:13; 2 Ch 32:25
                    • g 16:5 - Lit hand to hand
                    • h 16:5 - Pr 11:21; 16:18; Ps 101:5
                      6 Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord.i

                      References for Proverbs 16:6

                        • i 16:6 - Jb 28:28; Pr 3:7
                          7 When a man's ways please the Lord, Hej makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

                          References for Proverbs 16:7

                              8 Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.k

                              References for Proverbs 16:8

                                • k 16:8 - Pr 15:16-17; 16:19; 28:6; Ps 37:16
                                  9 A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.l

                                  References for Proverbs 16:9

                                    • l 16:9 - Pr 16:1; 19:21; 20:24
                                      10 God's verdict is on the lips of a king;m n his mouth should not err in judgment.o

                                      References for Proverbs 16:10

                                        • m 16:10 - Or A divination is on the lips of a king
                                        • n 16:10 - 2 Sm 14:17,20
                                        • o 16:10 - Pr 18:14-15; 2 Sm 23:2-3
                                          11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bagp are His concern.q

                                          References for Proverbs 16:11

                                            • p 16:11 - Merchants kept the stones for their balance scales in a bag.
                                            • q 16:11 - Pr 11:1; Lv 19:36; Ezk 45:10; Mc 6:11
                                              12 Wicked behaviorr is detestable to kings, since a throne is established through righteousness.s

                                              References for Proverbs 16:12

                                                • r 16:12 - Whether the wicked behavior is on the part of the king or someone else is ambiguous in Hb.
                                                • s 16:12 - Pr 25:5; Ps 101
                                                  13 Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he loves one who speaks honestly.
                                                  14 A king's fury is a messenger of death, but a wise man appeases it.t

                                                  References for Proverbs 16:14

                                                      15 When a king's face lights up, there is life; his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.
                                                      16 Acquire wisdom- how much better it is than gold! And acquire understanding- it is preferable to silver.u

                                                      References for Proverbs 16:16

                                                        • u 16:16 - Pr 3:14; 8:10,19; 22:1
                                                          17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life.v

                                                          References for Proverbs 16:17

                                                            • v 16:17 - Pr 2:11-13; 15:19
                                                              18 Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.w

                                                              References for Proverbs 16:18

                                                                • w 16:18 - Pr 16:5; 18:12; 29:23; Dn 4:37
                                                                  19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humblex than to divide plunder with the proud.y

                                                                  References for Proverbs 16:19

                                                                    • x 16:19 - Alt Hb tradition reads afflicted
                                                                    • y 16:19 - Pr 15:16-17; 16:8; Ps 37:16
                                                                      20 The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.z

                                                                      References for Proverbs 16:20

                                                                        • z 16:20 - Ps 34:8; 40:4; 84:12; 146:5
                                                                          21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning, and pleasant speech{ increases learning.|

                                                                          References for Proverbs 16:21

                                                                            • { 16:21 - Lit and sweetness of lips
                                                                            • | 16:21 - Pr 1:5; 9:9; 16:23
                                                                              22 Insight is a fountain of life} for its possessor, but folly is the instruction of fools.

                                                                              References for Proverbs 16:22

                                                                                • } 16:22 - Pr 10:11; 13:14; 14:27
                                                                                  23 A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.~ 

                                                                                  References for Proverbs 16:23

                                                                                    • ~ 16:23 - Lit learning upon his lips
                                                                                    •  16:23 - Pr 1:5; 9:9; 16:21
                                                                                      24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste€ and health to the body.‚

                                                                                      References for Proverbs 16:24

                                                                                          25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it is the way of death.ƒ

                                                                                          References for Proverbs 16:25

                                                                                            • ƒ 16:25 - Pr 14:12; 24:20
                                                                                              26 A worker's appetite works for him because his hunger„ urges him on.

                                                                                              References for Proverbs 16:26

                                                                                                  27 A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.…

                                                                                                  References for Proverbs 16:27

                                                                                                    • … 16:27 - Pr 6:12; 19:28; 26:23
                                                                                                      28 A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates friends.†

                                                                                                      References for Proverbs 16:28

                                                                                                        • † 16:28 - Pr 6:14,19; 17:9; 26:20-21; 28:25
                                                                                                          29 A violent man lures his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.‡

                                                                                                          References for Proverbs 16:29

                                                                                                            • ‡ 16:29 - Pr 28:10; 1 Sm 12:23; Ps 36:4
                                                                                                              30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions; the one who compresses his lips brings about evil.ˆ

                                                                                                              References for Proverbs 16:30

                                                                                                                • ˆ 16:30 - Pr 6:12-14; 10:10; Ps 35:19
                                                                                                                  31 Gray hair is a glorious crown;‰ it is found in the way of righteousness.

                                                                                                                  References for Proverbs 16:31

                                                                                                                    • ‰ 16:31 - Pr 4:9; 20:29; Lv 19:32
                                                                                                                      32 Patience is better than power, and controlling one's temper,Š than capturing a city.‹

                                                                                                                      References for Proverbs 16:32

                                                                                                                        • Š 16:32 - Lit and ruling over one's spirit
                                                                                                                        • ‹ 16:32 - Pr 25:15,28; 29:11
                                                                                                                          33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.Œ

                                                                                                                          References for Proverbs 16:33

                                                                                                                            • Œ 16:33 - Pr 16:1; 19:21; 21:31