Proverbs 16:6

6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

Read Proverbs 16:6 Using Other Translations

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.
Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil.

What does Proverbs 16:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 16:6

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged
Or "expiated" F4, and atoned for: not by the mercy and truth of men; not by alms deeds or showing mercy to the poor; nor by speaking truth and keeping promises, and doing justice between man and man; for, though these are duties to be performed, they will not atone for sin; and may be done by persons destitute of the grace of God, and whose iniquities are not purged or pardoned: but by the mercy and truth of God; through his "mercy", in sending Christ to be the propitiation for sin; and through his "truth", in fulfilling his promises concerning Christ; and particularly concerning pardon on the foot of his sacrifice and satisfaction, where mercy and truth have met together: or through the grace and truth come by Jesus Christ; or through his atoning sacrifice, by which he has finished transgression, made an end of sin, and made reconciliation for iniquity; in which there is a rich display of his own and of his father's grace and mercy, truth and faithfulness; and by the fear of the Lord [men] depart from evil;
having that put into their hearts, and excited and influenced by the grace and goodness of God, men are engaged to abstain from evil, and the appearance of it; it teaches them to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly and godly in this world.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (rpky) "expiabitur", Montanus, Vatablus; "expiatur", Tigurine version, Mercerus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens.
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