Proverbs 16:5

5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is 1an abomination to the LORD; 2be assured, he will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 16:5 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 16:5

Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the
Though he may dissemble his pride, and not discover it in his looks, by his words and gestures; yet the Lord sees and knows the heart, the naughtiness of it, and the pride that is in it: and only a proud look, but a proud heart, is abominable to him: everyone that is so arrogant as to arraign the decrees of God, and quarrel with him about them, to whom the apostle says, "Nay, but, O man", O proud vain man, "who art thou, that repliest against God?" ( Romans 9:19-21 ) ; every proud Pharisee, that trusts in himself that he is righteous, and despises others, that justifies himself before men, is an abomination in the sight of God, ( Luke 18:9 ) ( 16:15 ) ; particularly antichrist, who has not only a proud look, a look more stout than his fellows, but a proud heart; exalts himself above all that is called God; and not only speaks big words against the most High, but has it in his heart to change times and laws; and proudly imagines he shall always continue in his grandeur and prosperity, ( Daniel 7:25 ) ( 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ) ( Revelation 18:7 ) ; [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished;
though he endeavours with both hands, with all his might and main, to secure himself and prevent his ruin, he shall not be able to do it; though he enters into confederacy with, and calls in the kings of the earth to his assistance, it will be of no avail, both he and they shall be destroyed; or out of hand, immediately, his destruction will come upon him, ( Revelation 16:14 Revelation 16:16 ) ( 18:8 ) ( 19:19-21 ) ; (See Gill on Proverbs 11:21); The Targum is,

``from evil he shall not be cleared;''
and the Syriac version,
``he that stretcheth out his hand against his neighbour shall not be cleared from evil.''

Proverbs 16:5 In-Context

3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
4 The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.
7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 6:16, 17; Proverbs 8:13; Luke 16:15
  • 2. Proverbs 11:21; [Proverbs 28:20]
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