Proverbs 16:2
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New International Version
All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

New Living Translation
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.

English Standard Version
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.

New American Standard Bible
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD evaluates the motives.

International Standard Version
Everything a person does seems pure in his own opinion, but the LORD weighs intentions.

NET Bible
All a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the ways of a man are pure in the eyes of his soul and Lord Jehovah orders his path.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the LORD weighs motives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirits.

King James 2000 Bible
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits.

American King James Version
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits.

American Standard Version
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the spirits.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the ways of a man are open to his eyes: the Lord is the weigher of spirits.

Darby Bible Translation
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Jehovah weigheth the spirits.

English Revised Version
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes: but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

World English Bible
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Yahweh weighs the motives.

Young's Literal Translation
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering the spirits.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:1 The renewing grace of God alone prepares the heart for every good work. This teaches us that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think or speak any thing wise and good. 2. Ignorance, pride, and self-flattery render us partial judges respecting our own conduct. 3. Roll the burden of thy care upon God, and leave it with him, by faith and dependence on him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes (Proverbs 21:2). He may deceive himself, and be blind to his own faults, or be following an ill-informed and ill-regulated conscience (Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 14:12), yet this is no excuse in God's eyes. The Lord weigheth the spirits. Not the "ways," the outward life and actions only, but motives, intentions, dispositions (Hebrews 4:12). He too knows our secret faults, unsuspected by others, and perhaps by ourselves (Psalm 19:12). The Septuagint has here, "All the works of the humble are manifest before God, but the impious shall perish in an evil day." The next verse is omitted in the Greek; and the other clauses up to ver. 8 are dislocated.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes,.... All right and well, not only some, but all, having a high opinion of himself; for this is to be understood of a self-righteous man, who is pure in his own eyes, though not cleansed from his filthiness, and so fancies every way he walks in, and everything he does, is pure; this is owing to want of knowledge of the impurity of his nature; was he sensible of this, he would see that his best righteousness is as filthy rags and to his ignorance of the spirituality of the law, which, was he acquainted with, he would find, on comparing himself with it, that he and all he did was polluted and unclean: some read the words, "all the ways of a pure man are before his eyes": the eyes of the Lord, he sees them, and approves of them; so Aben Ezra; and to this agrees the Septuagint version, "all the works of an humble man are manifest with God"; and the Arabic version, "all the works of an humble man are clean before God"; but the former reading and sense seem best;

but the Lord weigheth the spirits; searches and tries the hearts; he sees, knows, and observes the principles of all actions, and can as exactly adjust the nature and quality of them, as a man, with a pair of scales in his hands, can tell precisely the weight of anything put into them; the Lord weighs the spirits, or hearts, from whence all actions flow, by his omniscience, and accordingly judges of them by that, and not by the outward appearance; and he weighs all actions by his law, in the balance of the sanctuary, where they are found wanting, and come greatly short of that purity and perfection pharisaical persons imagine there is in them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. clean—or, "faultless."

weigheth—or, "tries," "judges," implying that they are faulty (Pr 21:2; 24:12).

Proverbs 16:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
1The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 2All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives. 3Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:3
"Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Proverbs 12:15
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 21:2
A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Proverbs 30:12
those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;

Daniel 5:27
Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
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All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits.

the ways

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are …

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is …

1 Samuel 15:13,14 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said to him, Blessed be you of …

Psalm 36:2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found …

Jeremiah 2:22,23 For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your …

Luke 18:9-11 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

Romans 7:7-9 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

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Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders …

Proverbs 24:12 If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that ponders the …

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Daniel 5:27 TEKEL; You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

Revelation 2:18,23 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said …

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