Proverbs 16:20
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New International Version
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.

King James Bible
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

Darby Bible Translation
He that giveth heed to the word shall find good; and whoso confideth in Jehovah, happy is he.

World English Bible
He who heeds the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.

Young's Literal Translation
The wise in any matter findeth good, And whoso is trusting in Jehovah, O his happiness.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Pride goeth before destruction - Here pride is personified: it walks along, and has destruction in its train.

And a haughty spirit before a fall - Another personification. A haughty spirit marches on, and ruin comes after.

In this verse we find the following Masoretic note in most Hebrew Bibles. חצי הספר chatsi hassepher: "the middle of the book." This verse is the middle verse; and the first clause makes the middle of the words of the book of Proverbs.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.

Proverbs 19:8 He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

Proverbs 24:3-5 Through wisdom is an house built; and by understanding it is established...

Genesis 41:38-40 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is...

Daniel 1:19-21 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah...

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

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Proverbs 22:19,20 That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to you this day, even to you...

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them...

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little...

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Isaiah 26:3,4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you...

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy on you...

Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is...

Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel...

Daniel 6:23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den...

Ephesians 1:12,13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ...

Library
April 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
'All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.'--PROVERBS xvi. 2. 'All the ways of a man'--then there is no such thing as being conscious of having gone wrong, and having got into miry and foul ways? Of course there is; and equally of course a broad statement such as this of my text is not to be pressed into literal accuracy, but is a simple, general assertion of what we all know to be true, that we have a strange power of blinding ourselves as to what is wrong
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
It is here that true abandonment and consecration to God should commence, by our being deeply convinced that all which happens to us moment by moment is the will of God, and therefore all that is necessary to us. This conviction will render us contented with everything, and will make us see the commonest events in God, and not in the creature. I beg of you, whoever you may be, who are desirous of giving yourselves to God, not to take yourselves back when once you are given to Him, and to remember
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

The Providence of God
Q-11: WHAT ARE GOD'S WORKS OF PROVIDENCE? A: God's works of providence are the acts of his most holy, wise, and powerful government of his creatures, and of their actions. Of the work of God's providence Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto and I work.' John 5:17. God has rested from the works of creation, he does not create any new species of things. He rested from all his works;' Gen 2:2; and therefore it must needs be meant of his works of providence: My Father worketh and I work.' His kingdom
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Psalm 2:12
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 32:10
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Proverbs 19:8
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Jeremiah 17:7
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

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