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.

New Living Translation
Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful.

English Standard Version
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the LORD will be happy.

International Standard Version
Whoever listens to a word of instruction prospers, and anyone who trusts in the LORD is blessed.

NET Bible
The one who deals wisely in a matter will find success, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that understands the word finds good, and he that trusts upon Lord Jehovah is blessed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever gives attention to the LORD's word prospers, and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He who has understanding in the word shall find good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whosoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

American King James Version
He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

American Standard Version
He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The learned in word shall find good things: and he that trusteth in the Lord is blessed.

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

English Revised Version
He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusteth in the LORD, 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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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - He that handleth a matter wisely. Dabar, translated "matter," is better rendered "word," as in Proverbs 13:13, with which passage the present is in contrast. Thus Revised Version, he that giveth heed unto the word. Shall find good; Vulgate, eruditus in verbo reperiet bona. The "Word" is the Law of God; he who attends to this shall prosper. The rendering of the Authorized Version is supported by the Septuagint, "The man prudent in affairs is a finder of good things;" he attends to his business, and thinks out the best mode of accomplishing his plans, and therefore succeeds in a worldly sense (comp. Proverbs 17:20). Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he; or, hail to him, as in Proverbs 14:21. To heed the Word and to trust in the Lord are correlative things; handling a matter wisely can hardly belong to the same category. The Septuagint contrasts the worldly success of one who manages business wisely and discreetly with the blessedness of him who, when he has done all, commits his cause to God and trusts wholly to him: "He who hath trusted in the Lord is blessed (μακαριστός)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good,.... That frames and composes his discourse well on any subject he takes in hand; or manages his affairs prudently and discreetly, in which he is concerned; or that wisely attends to the affair of humility, as Aben Ezra: or rather to the word, that is, to the word of God; is not a careless, negligent, unconcerned hearer of the word, but a diligent and attentive one; whose heart is opened by the Spirit of God to attend to what is spoken in it; who lays it up in his heart, and makes it the rule of his conduct in life: such a man finds good things; things which are for his profit, edification, and instruction; good truths, good doctrines, good counsel and advice, good directions and instructions; promises of good things, things for his present comfort and future happiness;

and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he; not to his own wisdom; nor in his own strength; nor in his riches, nor righteousness; nor in the favour of men, no, not of princes; but in the Lord, and in his Word; he shall want no good thing, he is kept in perfect peace; he is in the utmost safety, is like Mount Zion, that can never be removed, Jeremiah 17:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. handleth a matter—wisely considers "the word," that is, of God (compare Pr 13:13).

trusteth—(Compare Ps 2:12; 118:8, 9).

Proverbs 16:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
19It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. 21The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.…
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.
Treasury of Scripture

He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

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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 …

Proverbs 19:8 He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding …

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 …

Daniel 1:19-21 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

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

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered …

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

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 …

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

Isaiah 26:3,4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: …

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to 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, …

Daniel 6:23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they …

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

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