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Compare Translations for Proverbs 16:20

Proverbs 16:20 ASV
He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he.
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Proverbs 16:20 BBE
He who gives attention to the law of right will get good; and whoever puts his faith in the Lord is happy.
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Proverbs 16:20 CEB
Those with insight find prosperity; those who trust the LORD are blessed.
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Proverbs 16:20 CJB
He who has skill in a matter will succeed; he who trusts in ADONAI will be happy.
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Proverbs 16:20 RHE
The learned in word shall find good things: and he that trusteth in the Lord is blessed.
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Proverbs 16:20 ESV
Whoever gives thought to the wordwill discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
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Proverbs 16:20 GW
Whoever gives attention to the LORD's word prospers, and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD.
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Proverbs 16:20 GNT
Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the Lord and you will be happy.
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Proverbs 16:20 HNV
He who gives heed to the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in the LORD is blessed.
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Proverbs 16:20 CSB
The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.
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Proverbs 16:20 KJV
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
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Proverbs 16:20 LEB
He who is attentive to a matter will find goodness, and he who trusts in Yahweh, his own happiness.
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Proverbs 16:20 NAS
He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD .
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Proverbs 16:20 NCV
Whoever listens to what is taught will succeed, and whoever trusts the Lord will be happy.
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Proverbs 16:20 NIRV
If anyone pays attention to what he is taught, he will succeed. Blessed is the person who puts his trust in the Lord.
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Proverbs 16:20 NIV
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
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Proverbs 16:20 NKJV
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
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Proverbs 16:20 NLT
Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be happy.
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Proverbs 16:20 NRS
Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper, and happy are those who trust in the Lord.
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Proverbs 16:20 RSV
He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts in the LORD.
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Proverbs 16:20 DBY
He that giveth heed to the word shall find good; and whoso confideth in Jehovah, happy is he.
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Proverbs 16:20 MSG
It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God.
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Proverbs 16:20 WBT
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.
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Proverbs 16:20 TMB
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good, and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
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Proverbs 16:20 TNIV
Those who give heed to instruction prosper, and blessed are those who trust in the LORD.
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Proverbs 16:20 WEB
He who gives heed to the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.
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Proverbs 16:20 WYC
A learned man in word shall find goods (A person learned in understanding shall obtain good things); and he that hopeth in the Lord is blessed.
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Proverbs 16:20 YLT
The wise in any matter findeth good, And whoso is trusting in Jehovah, O his happiness.
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Proverbs 16 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 16

Verse 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. Verse 2 . Ignorance, pride, and self-flattery render us partial judges respecting our own conduct. Verse 3 . Roll the burden of thy care upon God, and leave it with him, by faith and dependence on him. Verse 4 . God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. Verse 5 . Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. Verse 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. Verse 7 . He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. Verse 8 . A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. Verse 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. Verse 11 . To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment. Verse 12 . The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. Verse 13 . Put those in power who know how to ( proverbs 16:14-15 ) the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. Verse 16 . There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. Verse 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. Verse 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. Verse 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. Verse 21 . The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. Verse 22 . As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. Verse 23 . The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. Verse 24 . The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. Verse 25 . This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. Verse 26 . We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish. ( proverbs 16:27-28 ) be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a ( proverbs 16:29-30 ) mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. Verse 31 . Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. Verse 32 . To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. Verse 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.

Proverbs 16 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


Proverbs 16:1-33 .

1. preparations--schemes.
in man--or literally, "to man," belonging, or pertaining to him.
the answer . . . Lord--The efficient ordering is from God: "Man proposes; God disposes."

2. clean--or, "faultless."
weigheth--or, "tries," "judges," implying that they are faulty ( Proverbs 21:2 , 24:12 ).

3. (Compare Margin). Rely on God for success to your lawful purposes.

4. for himself--"for its answer," or "purpose," that is, according to God's plan; the wicked are for the day of evil ( Psalms 49:5 , Jeremiah 17:18 ); sinning and suffering answer to each other, are indissolubly united.

5. (Compare Proverbs 3:32 ).

6. By mercy and truth--that is, God's ( Psalms 85:10 ); He effects the atonement, or covering of sin; and the principles of true piety incline men to depart from evil; or, "mercy" and "truth" may be man's, indicative of the gracious tempers which work instrumentally in procuring pardon.
purged--expiated (as in Leviticus 16:33 , Isaiah 27:9 , Hebrew).

7. Persecutions, of course, excepted.

8. (Compare Proverbs 15:6 Proverbs 15:16 Proverbs 15:17 ).

9. (Compare Proverbs 16:3 ).

10. The last clause depends on the first, expressing the importance of equity in decisions, so authoritative.

11. are the Lord's . . . his work--that is, what He has ordered, and hence should be observed by men.

12. Rulers are rightly expected, by their position, to hate evil; for their power is sustained by righteousness.

13. A specification of the general sentiment of Proverbs 16:12 .

14. This wrath, so terrible and certain, like messengers of death ( 1 Kings 2:25 ), can be appeased by the wise.

15. light of . . . countenance--favor ( Psalms 4:6 ).
life--preserves it, or gives blessings which make it valuable.
the latter rain--fell just before harvest and matured the crop; hence specially valuable ( Deuteronomy 11:14 ).

16. (Compare Proverbs 3:16 , 4:5 ).

17. The highway--A common, plain road represents the habitual course of the righteous in departing from evil.

18, 19. (Compare Proverbs 15:33 ). Haughtiness and pride imply self-confidence which produces carelessness, and hence
a fall--literally, "sliding."

19. divide the spoil--that is, conquer. Avoid the society of the proud ( James 4:6 ).

20. handleth a matter--wisely considers "the word," that is, of God (compare Proverbs 13:13 ).
trusteth--(Compare Psalms 2:12 , Psalms 118:8 Psalms 118:9 ).

21. wise in heart--who rightly consider duty.
sweetness of the lips--eloquent discourse, persuades and instructs others.

22. Understanding--or, "discretion," is a constant source of blessing ( Proverbs 13:14 ), benefiting others; but fools' best efforts are folly.

23. The heart is the source of wisdom flowing from the mouth.

24. (Compare Proverbs 15:26 ). Gentle, kind words, by soothing the mind, give the body health.

25. (Compare Proverbs 14:2 ).

26. Diligence is a duty due to one's self, for his wants require labor.

27. ungodly man--(Compare Proverbs 6:12 ).
diggeth up evil--labors for it.
in his lips . . . fire--His words are calumniating ( James 3:6 ).

28. (Compare Proverbs 6:14 , 10:31 ).
whisperer--prater, talebearer ( Proverbs 18:8 , 26:20 ).

29. violent man--or, "man of mischief" ( Proverbs 3:31 ).
enticeth--( Proverbs 1:10 ).

30. He shutteth his eyes--denoting deep thought ( Psalms 64:6 ).
moving his lips--or, "biting his lips"--a determined purpose ( Proverbs 6:13 ).

31. (Compare Proverbs 20:29 ).
if--or, which may be supplied properly, or without it the sense is as in Proverbs 3:16 , 4:10 , that piety is blessed with long life.

32. (Compare Proverbs 14:29 ).
taketh a city--that is, by fighting.

33. Seemingly the most fortuitous events are ordered by God.