Proverbs 16:4
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English Standard Version
The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

King James Bible
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

American Standard Version
Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath made all things for himself: the wicked also for the evil day.

English Revised Version
The LORD hath made every thing for its own end: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

31 An ear which heareth the doctrine of life

     Keeps itself in the circle of the wise.

As, Proverbs 6:33, תוכחות מוסר means instructions aiming at discipline, so here תּוכחת חיּים means instructions which have life as their end, i.e., as showing how one may attain unto true life; Hitzig's חכם, for חיים, is a fancy. Is now the meaning this, that the ear which willingly hears and receives such doctrine of life will come to dwell among the wise, i.e., that such an one (for אזן is synecdoche partis pro persona, as Job 29:11) will have his residence among wise men, as being one of them, inter eos sedem firmam habebit iisque annumerabitur (Fl.)? By such a rendering, one is surprised at the harshness of the synecdoche, as well as at the circumstantiality of the expression (cf. Proverbs 13:20, יחכּם). On the contrary, this corresponds with the thought that one who willingly permits to be said to him what he must do and suffer in order that he may be a partaker of life, on this account remains most gladly in the circle of the wise, and there has his appropriate place. The "passing the night" (לין, cogn. ליל, Syr. Targ. בּוּת, Arab. bât) is also frequently elsewhere the designation of prolonged stay, e.g., Isaiah 1:21. בּקרב is here different in signification from that it had in Proverbs 14:23, where it meant "in the heart." In the lxx this proverb is wanting. The other Greek translations have οὖς ἀκοῦον ἐλέγχους χωῆς ἐν μέσῳ σοφῶν αὐλισθήσεται. Similarly the Syr., Targ., Jerome, Venet., and Luther, admitting both renderings, but, since they render in the fut., bringing nearer the idea of prediction (Midrash: זוכה לישׁב בישׁיבת חכמים) than of description of character.

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Isaiah 43:7,21 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yes, I have made him...

Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things...


Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known...

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient...

2 Peter 2:3,9 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not...

Cross References
Romans 9:22
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

Genesis 1:31
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Exodus 9:16
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

Job 21:30
that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath?

Proverbs 16:5
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

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