Proverbs 16:7

7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Proverbs 16:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
ESV
7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
NLT
7 When people’s lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.
MSG
7 When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
CSB
7 When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:7 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 16:7

When a man's ways please the Lord
As they do when a man walks according to the rule of his word; when he walks as he has Christ for an example; when he walks after the Spirit, and not after the flesh; when he walks by faith, and does all he does in faith; without which it is impossible to please God, ( Hebrews 11:6 ) ; and when all his ways and actions are directed to the glory of God; he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him;
as Abimelech with Isaac, Esau with Jacob; and the enemies of the church and people of God with then, in the latter day, ( Revelation 3:9 ) .

Proverbs 16:7 In-Context

5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 39:21
  • 2. Psalms 105:15; Jeremiah 39:12; Jeremiah 40:1; Jeremiah 42:12; Daniel 1:9