Proverbs 16:9-25

9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.[b]
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.[c]
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

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Proverbs 16:9-25 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 16:9-25 In-Context

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.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

Cross References 25

  • 1. S ver 1; S Job 33:29; S Psalms 90:12; Jeremiah 10:23
  • 2. Proverbs 17:7
  • 3. S Proverbs 11:1; Ezekiel 45:10
  • 4. Proverbs 26:28; Proverbs 25:5; Proverbs 29:14; Proverbs 31:5
  • 5. Proverbs 22:11; Proverbs 14:35
  • 6. S Genesis 40:2; S Job 29:24; Proverbs 20:2; Proverbs 19:12
  • 7. Proverbs 25:15; Proverbs 29:8; Ecclesiastes 10:4
  • 8. S Genesis 40:2; S Job 29:24
  • 9. Proverbs 19:12; Proverbs 25:2-7
  • 10. Psalms 49:20
  • 11. S Job 28:15; S Proverbs 3:13-14; Proverbs 8:10,19
  • 12. Proverbs 19:16
  • 13. S 1 Samuel 17:42
  • 14. Psalms 18:27; Isaiah 13:11; Jeremiah 48:29
  • 15. S Esther 5:12; Proverbs 11:2; S Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 18:12; Proverbs 29:23
  • 16. Proverbs 13:13
  • 17. S Psalms 32:10; Psalms 40:4; Psalms 2:12; Psalms 34:8; Proverbs 19:8; Proverbs 29:25; Jeremiah 17:7
  • 18. ver 23
  • 19. S Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 13:14
  • 20. Job 15:5
  • 21. ver 21
  • 22. S 1 Samuel 14:27
  • 23. Proverbs 24:13-14
  • 24. S Proverbs 12:15
  • 25. Esther 3:6; Proverbs 14:12

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or "whoever speaks prudently finds what is good"
  • [b]. Or "words make a person persuasive"
  • [c]. Or "prudent" / "and make their lips persuasive"