All spiritually wise thoughts and actions come from God; because man just does not know the way to peace and life.
Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
It is a very hard thing for a person to admit we are wrong, especially about things we have believed for a lifetime.
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
If our works and words are of God, they will be established.
16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
God has made all things for his glory, even the wicked forward his plan by teaching others how painful evil is and demonstrating that our own ways lead to destruction and death, thereby bringing people to repentance.
16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
The arrogant and proud of which there are very many, will not remain uncorrected.
16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
If we respect the Word of God and repent; God is merciful to forgive and lead us out of the evil.
16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
We may have much persecution and struggle in this life, but ultimately God the Father and Jesus Christ will vanquish all wickedness. All those who sincerely repent will be reconciled to God the Father and his elect and those who refuse to repent will be destroyed.
16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies [ultimately in the long term] to be at peace with him.
It is better to be poor and a little flock, than to be large, physically rich and spiritually destitute.
16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right [without the sound doctrine of true godliness].
People may imagine their own ways, but God works out all things according to HIS will.
16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
A physical king [an absolute monarch] has the power of life and death; and our spiritual King has the power of life and death; therefore, do all you can to please HIM!
16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
God our Father in heaven and Jesus Christ; are justice personified hating all injustice.
16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.
All kings and leaders will be established by their godly conduct and fair just rulings, for injustice incites rebellion. If we want to become kings we must fully learn the justice, fairness and righteousness of all the teachings, ways, will and commandments of God our heavenly Father.
16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
The wrath of our King of kings is death to the wicked; it is better to repent quickly and make peace with God before we are destroyed.
16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. 16:15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
Truth and wisdom ultimately bring good things: Godly wisdom is the foundation of all good things. Spiritual wisdom is worth infinitely more than gold. To compromise with sound doctrine for the fool’s gold of numbers and income is a fool’s decision.
16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
The godly who depart from all evil and loathe even the appearance of evil will find life eternal.
16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
Personal pride causes a person to insist on his own ways and false traditions, even against the Word of God. An example of that is those who reject the Biblical Calendar of God even though they cannot defend their apostate calendar; even though they are clearly and obviously wrong they will not change, because pride and self-will will not allow an admission that a change is needed.
16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
A truly godly person abhors personal pride before God, and is humble before the Word of God.
16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
If we trust to live by every Word of God we shall find eternal life and much good in the end.
16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.16:21 The wise in heart [those who have internalized the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ trough learning and living by every Word of God] shall be called prudent: and the sweetness [godly teaching] of the lips [of the godly] increaseth learning.
Seek out and drink of the living waters of the Word of God; and eschew the teachings of spiritually ignorant men.
16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
The thoughts of the heart are spoken with the mouth.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Out of the godly wise come words of the wisdom of God; and foolishness springs forth from the wicked heart.
Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Zeal to learn and live by the things of God produces words of wisdom and godliness, and brings spiritual health.
16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
If we do that which seems right to us instead of doing what God has said; we race to our demise.
16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
We are willing to work hard for what we want physically; and if we desire to be at ONE in complete unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ, we would be willing to labor very hard to attain that goal.
16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
The wicked delight in evil and strife.
16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
The evil false teacher leads men astray from God the Father and from Jesus Christ their chief friend.
16:28 A froward [stubborn, self-willed] man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
The wicked lead people away from God to follow such deceivers to destruction.
16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward [stubborn, self-willed] things: moving his lips [teaching to do evil] he bringeth evil to pass.
Great age does not always mean wisdom; but the aged in Christ who are at ONE in FULL UNITY with God the Father, can be wise helps for the younger. That is what the word “elder” means; one older and well proven in true godliness; NOT necessarily someone ordained by a corporate church organization.
16:31 The hoary [white haired] head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of power to control oneself and obey the Word of God.
16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit [is stronger] than he that taketh a city.
We may make our plans, but God directs events in spite of our best laid plans. The best laid plans of men often go awry. The will of God is always fulfilled!
If the true faithful zealous godly cast the lot before God for God’s purposes; God will reveal his will. The lot must be a clear question with YES, No and None of the Above, indicators.
16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.