Proverbs 16:1-15, Man Plans His Way


1The plans of the heart belong to man,

But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

2All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,

But the Lord weighs the motives.

3Commit your works to the Lord

And your plans will be established.

4The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,

Even the wicked for the day of evil.

5Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

6By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,

And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.

7When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,

He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8Better is a little with righteousness

Than great income with injustice.

9The mind of man plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.

10A divine decision is in the lips of the king;

His mouth should not err in judgment.

11A just balance and scales belong to the Lord;

All the weights of the bag are His concern.

12It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,

For a throne is established on righteousness.

13Righteous lips are the delight of kings,

And he who speaks right is loved.

14The fury of a king is like messengers of death,

But a wise man will appease it.

15In the light of a king’s face is life,

And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: How should I let God direct my life?