Proverbs 16:4-11

4 God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment.
5 God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place.
6 Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.
7 When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
8 Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.
9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously
10 A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit.
11 God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.

Proverbs 16:4-11 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST KINGS 6

This chapter gives an account of the building of the temple, for which preparations were before made and begins with the time of its building, 1Ki 6:1; gives the dimensions of it and the porch before it, 1Ki 6:2,3; observes the windows in it and chambers about it, 1Ki 6:4-10; and while it was building, Solomon had a word from the Lord relative to it, 1Ki 6:11-14; and then the account goes on concerning the walls of the house, and the flooring of it, 1Ki 6:15-18; and the oracle in it, and the cherubim in that, 1Ki 6:19-30; and the doors into it, and the carved work of them, 1Ki 6:31-36; and the chapter is concluded with observing the time when it was begun and finished 1Ki 6:37,38.

Proverbs 16:4-11 In-Context

2 Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.
3 Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place.
4 God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment.
5 God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place.
6 Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.
7 When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
8 Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.
9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously
10 A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit.
11 God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.
12 Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.
13 Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.