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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 16

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel
Date Penned: (970-931 BC)
Overview: Wisdom to Teach People to Live Godly (c 1-31)
Theme: Wisdom for All People (c 10-24)
Message: Applying Wisdom (v 1-33)

Proverbs 16 Commentary 

(16:32) Self-Control - Self-control is superior to conquest. Success in business, school, or home life can be ruined by a person who can't control his or her temper. We can find great personal victory when we control our tempers. When you feel yourself ready to explode, remember that losing control may cause you to forfeit what you want the most. 

(16:33) Casting Lots - The casting of lots was almost always done in ceremonial settings and was the common method for determining God's will in ancient Israel. It wasn't merely relying on fate. God's people would pray and ask God to answer them through this means. Several important events were decided by casting lots, including the identification of Achan as the man who had sinned (Joshua. 7:14), the division of the Promised Land among the tribes (Joshua 14:2), and the selection of the first king for the nation (1 Samuel 10:17-24). We no longer need, nor should we rely on, casting lots to make decisions. Every believer now has the Holy Spirit within them to help them make wise choices.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

His Best for Our Life

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 16. Today, we see more Wisdom for daily living as our text advises us to put the Lord first in all we do. In making an application, we see how pride cometh before a fall. When we put ourselves before the Lord, we perform self-worship, ending in failure. How about you? Do you put yourself before the Lord? Let us learn from our test today to remember to put the Lord first so that we will experience His best for our Lives.


Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16

 1The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

 2All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

 3Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

 4The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 5Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

 6By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

 7When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

 8Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

 9A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

 10A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

 11A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his work.

 12It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

 13Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

 14The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

 15In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

 16How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

 17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

 18Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

 19Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 20He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

 21The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

 22Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

 23The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

 24Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

 25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 26He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

 27An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

 28A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

 29A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

 30He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

 31The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

 32He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

 33The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.