Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 16

Posted: January 16, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 16 – Holman Christian Standard Bible



The reflections of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives.[a]

Commit your activities to the Lord,
and your plans will be achieved.

The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose—
even the wicked for the day of disaster.

Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord;
be assured,[b] he will not go unpunished.

Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness,
and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He[c] makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better a little with righteousness
than great income with injustice.

A man’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.

10 God’s verdict is on the lips of a king;[d]
his mouth should not give an unfair judgment.

11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
all the weights in the bag[e] are His concern.

12 Wicked behavior[f] is detestable to kings,
since a throne is established through righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are a king’s delight,
and he loves one who speaks honestly.

14 A king’s fury is a messenger of death,
but a wise man appeases it.

15 When a king’s face lights up, there is life;
his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.

16 Get wisdom—
how much better it is than gold!
And get understanding—
it is preferable to silver.

17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
the one who guards his way protects his life.

18 Pride comes before destruction,
and an arrogant spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble[g]
than to divide plunder with the proud.

20 The one who understands a matter finds success,
and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.

21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,
and pleasant speech[h] increases learning.

22 Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor,
but the discipline of fools is folly.

23 A wise heart instructs its mouth
and increases learning with its speech.[i]

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb:
sweet to the taste[j] and health to the body.[k]

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.

26 A worker’s appetite works for him
because his hunger[l] urges him on.

27 A worthless man digs up evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.

28 A contrary man spreads conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.

29 A violent man lures his neighbor,
leading him in a way that is not good.

30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions;
the one who compresses his lips brings about evil.

31 Gray hair is a glorious crown;
it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 Patience is better than power,
and controlling one’s temper,[m] than capturing a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.


  1. Proverbs 16:2 Lit weighs spirits
  2. Proverbs 16:5 Lit hand to hand
  3. Proverbs 16:7 Or he
  4. Proverbs 16:10 Or A divination is on the lips of a king
  5. Proverbs 16:11 Merchants kept the stones for their scales in a bag.
  6. Proverbs 16:12 Either the king’s or someone else’s behavior
  7. Proverbs 16:19 Alt Hb tradition reads afflicted
  8. Proverbs 16:21 Lit and sweetness of lips
  9. Proverbs 16:23 Lit learning upon his lips
  10. Proverbs 16:24 Lit throat
  11. Proverbs 16:24 Lit bones
  12. Proverbs 16:26 Lit mouth
  13. Proverbs 16:32 Lit and ruling over one’s spirit


My Thoughts

This to me, is a very “goals and plans” oriented proverb. From the opening line Solomon tells us that God not only knows what our plans are but he sees our motives and that’s how he judges. Our motives are not always at the forefront of even our mind, not our real motives anyway.

While I buy very few lottery tickets, when I fantasize about winning I always allow for the plans I have to use the money to glorify God.  Oh, I’ll tithe my 10%, pay off all the church debt, put  a million dollars away fro the church to use in a down economy – Those are just the ones I have practiced rattling off – I am sure I could come up with more.

Yet, I never win.

Could that be because God know what my true motives for that kind of money are? YEP! And you know what, I am not sure I would really want all that money but the point is not what I’d do or what you’d do but it is that God knows – and he knows before you do.

So, I say, go ahead and make your plans but pray about every step along the way – God may open your eyes to what his plan is and that will not be a disappointment.



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