(Prov 16:1 NASB)  The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

Prov 16:1:      We have several examples of Elohim giving the answers for His people: Moses (Ex. 4:11-12), Jeremiah (Jer. 1:7-9), the disciples (Matt. 10:19-20), and Yeshua Himself (John 12:49-50).


(Prov 16:2 NASB)  All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.
(Prov 16:3 NASB)  Commit your works to the LORD, And your plans will be established.

Prov 16:3:      Elohim causes His works through His people to be successful.


(Prov 16:4 NASB)  The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Prov 16:4:      Elohim has created even the wicked for His purpose (Romans 9:22-23, 1 Peter 2:7-8, 2 Peter 2:2,3-9).


(Prov 16:5 NASB)  Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
(Prov 16:6 NASB)  By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

Prov 16:6:      It is by lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for (Micah 7:18-20).  It is by the fear of Yahweh that one keeps away from sin (Job 28:28, 2 Cor. 7:1).


(Prov 16:7 NASB)  When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Prov 16:7:      When we follow His Torah, He can make our enemies at peace with us (Jer. 15:11).


(Prov 16:8 NASB)  Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.
(Prov 16:9 NASB)  The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Prov 16:9:      This is a strong statement of predestination (Isa. 46:10, Jer. 10:23).


(Prov 16:10 NASB)  A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.

Prov 16:10:      A king has great responsibility.


(Prov 16:11 NASB)  A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.

Prov 16:11:      Elohim is concerned about all of our business dealings.


(Prov 16:12 NASB)  It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established on righteousness.
(Prov 16:13 NASB)  Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.
(Prov 16:14 NASB)  The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.

Prov 16:14:      A king has great responsiblity and it is an abomination for him to commit wickedness.  It is better to appease a king rather than defy him.


(Prov 16:15 NASB)  In the light of a king’s face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

Prov 16:15:      The spring rain is that which assures a good harvest.


(Prov 16:16 NASB)  How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

Prov 16:16:      Wisdom and understanding are far greater than silver or gold (Psalm 119:127-131, Ecc. 7:12).


(Prov 16:17 NASB)  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.
(Prov 16:18 NASB)  Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
(Prov 16:19 NASB)  It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
(Prov 16:20 NASB)  He who gives attention to the word shall find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

Prov 16:20:      Giving attention to His Word is trusting in Yahweh (Jer. 17:7-11).


(Prov 16:21 NASB)  The wise in heart will be called discerning, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
(Prov 16:22 NASB)  Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.
(Prov 16:23 NASB)  The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
(Prov 16:24 NASB)  Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
(Prov 16:25 NASB)  There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Prov 16:25:      There is a way which seems right to a man.  But it leads to death.


(Prov 16:26 NASB)  A worker’s appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on.

Prov 16:26:      It is a workers hunger that is his strongest incentive to work diligently (2 Thess. 3:10).


(Prov 16:27 NASB)  A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are as a scorching fire.
(Prov 16:28 NASB)  A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
(Prov 16:29 NASB)  A man of violence entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.
(Prov 16:30 NASB)  He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.

Prov 16:30:      Solomon speaks of the things of worthless, evil men.


(Prov 16:31 NASB)  A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.

Prov 16:31:      Old age is one of the blessings for those that are righteous.


(Prov 16:32 NASB)  He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Prov 16:32:      This is more encouragement to be slow to anger.


(Prov 16:33 NASB)  The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.

Prov 16:33:      We may think things are by “chance.”  But Elohim is in complete control.

Patrick McGuire

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Beit Yeshua Torah Assembly
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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