Proverbs 16:6
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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.

New American Standard Bible
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

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

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

King James 2000 Bible
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for; and by the fear of Jehovah [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.

Webster's Bible Translation
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and 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.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:4. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. 5. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. 6. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. 7. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. 8. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. 9. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. 11. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment.

Pulpit Commentary

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).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged,.... Or "expiated" (d), and atoned for: not by the mercy and truth of men; not by alms deeds or showing mercy to the poor; nor by speaking truth and keeping promises, and doing justice between man and man; for, though these are duties to be performed, they will not atone for sin; and may be done by persons destitute of the grace of God, and whose iniquities are not purged or pardoned: but by the mercy and truth of God; through his "mercy", in sending Christ to be the propitiation for sin; and through his "truth", in fulfilling his promises concerning Christ; and particularly concerning pardon on the foot of his sacrifice and satisfaction, where mercy and truth have met together: or through the grace and truth come by Jesus Christ; or through his atoning sacrifice, by which he has finished transgression, made an end of sin, and made reconciliation for iniquity; in which there is a rich display of his own and of his father's grace and mercy, truth and faithfulness;

and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil; having that put into their hearts, and excited and influenced by the grace and goodness of God, men are engaged to abstain from evil, and the appearance of it; it teaches them to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly and godly in this world.

(d) "expiabitur", Montanus, Vatablus; "expiatur", Tigurine version, Mercerus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. By mercy and truth—that is, God's (Ps 85:10); He effects the atonement, or covering of sin; and the principles of true piety incline men to depart from evil; or, "mercy" and "truth" may be man's, indicative of the gracious tempers which work instrumentally in procuring pardon.

purged—expiated (as in Le 16:33; Isa 27:9, Hebrew).

Proverbs 16:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
5Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil. 7When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.…
Cross References
Luke 11:41
But now as for what is inside you--be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.

Genesis 20:11
Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'

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

Exodus 20:20
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

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

Proverbs 14:16
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 16:5
The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Daniel 4:27
Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue."
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 upheld by mercy.

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all …

John 15:2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every …

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

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Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Proverbs 14:16,17 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident…

Genesis 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not …

Nehemiah 5:9,15 Also I said, It is not good that you do…

Job 1:1-8 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

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