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in man—or literally, "to man," belonging, or pertaining to him.
the answer . . . Lord—The efficient ordering is from God: "Man proposes; God disposes."
2. clean—or, "faultless."
weigheth—or, "tries," "judges," implying that they are faulty (Proverbs 21:2; Proverbs 24:12).
3. (Compare Margin). Rely on God for success to your lawful purposes.
4. for himself—"for its answer," or "purpose," that is, according to God's plan; the wicked are for the day of evil (Psalms 49:5; Jeremiah 17:18); sinning and suffering answer to each other, are indissolubly united.
5. (Compare :-).
6. By mercy and truth—that is, God's (Psalms 85:10); He effects the atonement, or covering of sin; and the principles of true piety incline men to depart from evil; or, "mercy" and "truth" may be man's, indicative of the gracious tempers which work instrumentally in procuring pardon.
purged—expiated (as in Leviticus 16:33; Isaiah 27:9, Hebrew).
7. Persecutions, of course, excepted.
8. (Compare Proverbs 15:6; Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 15:17).
9. (Compare :-).
10. The last clause depends on the first, expressing the importance of equity in decisions, so authoritative.
11. are the Lord's . . . his work—that is, what He has ordered, and hence should be observed by men.
12. Rulers are rightly expected, by their position, to hate evil; for their power is sustained by righteousness.
13. A specification of the general sentiment of Proverbs 16:12.
14. This wrath, so terrible and certain, like messengers of death ( :-), can be appeased by the wise.
15. light of . . . countenance—favor (Psalms 4:6).
life—preserves it, or gives blessings which make it valuable.
the latter rain—fell just before harvest and matured the crop; hence specially valuable (Deuteronomy 11:14).
16. (Compare Proverbs 3:16; Proverbs 4:5).
17. The highway—A common, plain road represents the habitual course of the righteous in departing from evil.
18, 19. (Compare :-). Haughtiness and pride imply self-confidence which produces carelessness, and hence
a fall—literally, "sliding."
19. divide the spoil—that is, conquer. Avoid the society of the proud ( :-).
20. handleth a matter—wisely considers "the word," that is, of God (compare :-).
trusteth—(Compare Psalms 2:12; Psalms 118:8; Psalms 118:9).
21. wise in heart—who rightly consider duty.
sweetness of the lips—eloquent discourse, persuades and instructs others.
22. Understanding—or, "discretion," is a constant source of blessing ( :-), benefiting others; but fools' best efforts are folly.
23. The heart is the source of wisdom flowing from the mouth.
24. (Compare :-). Gentle, kind words, by soothing the mind, give the body health.
25. (Compare :-).
26. Diligence is a duty due to one's self, for his wants require labor.
27. ungodly man—(Compare :-).
diggeth up evil—labors for it.
in his lips . . . fire—His words are calumniating (James 3:6).
28. (Compare Proverbs 6:14; Proverbs 10:31).
whisperer—prater, talebearer (Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 26:20).
29. violent man—or, "man of mischief" (Proverbs 3:31).
enticeth— (Proverbs 3:31- :).
30. He shutteth his eyes—denoting deep thought (Psalms 64:6).
moving his lips—or, "biting his lips"—a determined purpose (Psalms 64:6- :).
31. (Compare :-).
if—or, which may be supplied properly, or without it the sense is as in Proverbs 3:16; Proverbs 4:10, that piety is blessed with long life.
32. (Compare :-).
taketh a city—that is, by fighting.
33. Seemingly the most fortuitous events are ordered by God.
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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 16". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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