Proverbs 16:6
New International Version
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

New Living Translation
Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil.

English Standard Version
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.

Berean Study Bible
By loving devotion and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns aside from evil.

King James Bible
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

New King James Version
In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.

New American Standard Bible
By mercy and truth atonement is made for wrongdoing, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

NASB 1995
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

NASB 1977
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

Amplified Bible
By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear of the LORD one avoids evil.

Christian Standard Bible
Iniquity is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the LORD.

American Standard Version
By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for; And by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one is forgiven by grace and by truth and the awe of LORD JEHOVAH turns aside from evil.

Contemporary English Version
If we truly love God, our sins will be forgiven; if we show him respect, we will keep away from sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By mercy and truth iniquity is redeemed: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

English Revised Version
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Good News Translation
Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the LORD and nothing evil will happen to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
By mercy and faithfulness, peace is made with the LORD. By the fear of the LORD, evil is avoided.

International Standard Version
Iniquity is atoned for by gracious love and truth, and through fear of the LORD people turn from evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By mercy and truth iniquity is expiated; And by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Literal Standard Version
Iniquity is pardoned in kindness and truth, And in the fear of YHWH Turn aside from evil.

NET Bible
Through loyal love and truth iniquity is appeased; through fearing the LORD one avoids evil.

New Heart English Bible
By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

World English Bible
By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.

Young's Literal Translation
In kindness and truth pardoned is iniquity, And in the fear of Jehovah Turn thou aside from evil.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
5Everyone who is proud in heart is detestable to the LORD; be assured that he will not go unpunished. 6By loving devotion and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns aside from evil. 7When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even the man’s enemies live at peace with him.…

Cross References
Luke 11:41
But give as alms the things that are within you, and you will see that everything is clean for you.

Genesis 20:11
Abraham replied, "I thought to myself, 'Surely there is no fear of God in this place. They will kill me on account of my wife.'

Exodus 1:17
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had instructed; they let the boys live.

Exodus 20:20
"Do not be afraid," Moses replied. "For God has come to test you, so that the fear of Him may be before you, to keep you from sinning."

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.


Treasury of Scripture

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Proverbs 20:28
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Psalm 85:10
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Daniel 4:27
Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

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Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 14:16,17
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident…

Genesis 20:11
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.









(6) Mercy and truth.--See above on Proverbs 3:3. Mercy and truth cannot, of course, in themselves "purge iniquity," only so far as they are signs of the "faith which worketh by love" (Galatians 5:6), which accepts the salvation offered by God (Romans 1:16-17). (Comp. the statement with regard to charity, 1Peter 4:8.)

By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.--Or, rather, escape misfortune. (Comp. Psalms 37 throughout.)

Verse 6. - By mercy and truth iniquity is purged; atoned for. The combination "mercy and truth" occurs in Proverbs 3:3 (where see note), and intimates love to God and man, and faithfulness in keeping promises and truth and justice in all dealings. It is by the exercise of those graces, not by mere external rites, that God is propitiated (see on Proverbs 10:2). A kind of expiatory value is assigned to these virtues, which, indeed, must not be pressed too closely, but should be examined by the light of such passages in the New Testament as Luke 11:41; Acts 10:4. Of course, such graces show themselves only in one who is really devout and God fearing; they are the fruits of a heart at peace with God and man, and react on the character and conduct. The LXX., which places this distich after ver. 27 of ch. 15, translates, "By alms and faithfulness (πίστεσιν) sins are cleansed," confining the term "mercy" to one special form, as in one reading of Matthew 6. l, "Take heed that ye do not your righteousness [al. alms] before men." By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. The practice of true religion, of course, involves abstinence from sin; and this seems so unnecessary a truth to be formally stated that some take the "evil" named to be physical, not moral evil; calamity, not transgression. But the two clauses are coordinate, and present two aspects of the same truth. The first intimates how sin is to be expiated, the second how it is to be avoided. The morally good man meets with pardon and acceptance, and he who fears God is delivered from evil. So we pray, in the Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses, and deliver us from evil." Septuagint, "By the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil" (comp. Proverbs 14:27).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
By loving devotion
בְּחֶ֣סֶד (bə·ḥe·seḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

and truth,
וֶ֭אֱמֶת (we·’ĕ·meṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

wickedness
עָוֺ֑ן (‘ā·wōn)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

is atoned for,
יְכֻפַּ֣ר (yə·ḵup·par)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3722: To cover, to expiate, condone, to placate, cancel

and by the fear
וּבְיִרְאַ֥ת (ū·ḇə·yir·’aṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 3374: Fear, reverence

of the LORD
יְ֝הוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

[a man] turns aside
ס֣וּר (sūr)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5493: To turn aside

from evil.
מֵרָֽע׃ (mê·rā‘)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil


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