Proverbs 16:7
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English Standard Version
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

King James Bible
When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

American Standard Version
When a man's ways please Jehovah, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When the ways of man shall please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.

English Revised Version
When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Four proverbs of God, the disposer of all things:

1 Man's are the counsels of the heart;

   But the answer of the tongue cometh from Jahve.

Gesen., Ewald, and Bertheau incorrectly understand 1b of hearing, i.e., of a favourable response to what the tongue wishes; 1a speaks not of wishes, and the gen. after מענה (answer) is, as at Proverbs 15:23; Micah 3:7, and also here, by virtue of the parallelism, the gen. subjecti Proverbs 15:23 leads to the right sense, according to which a good answer is joy to him to whom it refers: it does not always happen to one to find the fitting and effective expression for that which he has in his mind; it is, as this cog. proverb expresses it, a gift from above (δοθήσεται, Matthew 10:19). But now, since מענה neither means answering, nor yet in general an expression (Euchel) or report (Lwenstein), and the meaning of the word at 4a is not here in question, one has to think of him whom the proverb has in view as one who has to give a reason, to give information, or generally - since ענה, like ἀμείβεσθαι, is not confined to the interchange of words - to solve a problem, and that such an one as requires reflection. The scheme (project, premeditation) which he in his heart contrives, is here described as מערכי־לב, from ערך, to arrange, to place together, metaphorically of the reflection, i.e., the consideration analyzing and putting a matter in order. These reflections, seeking at one time in one direction, and at another in another, the solution of the question, the unfolding of the problem, are the business of men; but the answer which finally the tongue gives, and which here, in conformity with the pregnant sense of מענה (vid., at Proverbs 15:23, Proverbs 15:28), will be regarded as right, appropriate, effective, thus generally the satisfying reply to the demand placed before him, is from God. It is a matter of experience which the preacher, the public speaker, the author, and every man to whom his calling or circumstances present a weighty, difficult theme, can attest. As the thoughts pursue one another in the mind, attempts are made, and again abandoned; the state of the heart is somewhat like that of chaos before the creation. But when, finally, the right thought and the right utterance for it are found, that which is found appears to us, not as if self-discovered, but as a gift; we regard it with the feeling that a higher power has influenced our thoughts and imaginings; the confession by us, ἡ ἱκανότης ἡμῶν ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ (2 Corinthians 3:5), in so far as we believe in a living God, is inevitable.

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Psalm 69:31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that has horns and hoofs.

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell...

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ...

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.


Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart...

Genesis 32:6,7,28 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and also he comes to meet you...

Genesis 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Jeremiah 15:11 The LORD said, Truly it shall be well with your remnant...

Acts 9:1,2,19,20 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest...

Cross References
1 Peter 3:13
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

Genesis 33:4
But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

Exodus 3:21
And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty,

2 Chronicles 17:10
And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

Proverbs 3:17
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 16:8
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Jeremiah 39:12
"Take him, look after him well, and do him no harm, but deal with him as he tells you."

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