Proverbs 16:7
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New International Version
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

New Living Translation
When people's lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.

English Standard Version
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

New American Standard Bible
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

International Standard Version
When a person's ways please the LORD, even his enemies will be at peace with him.

NET Bible
When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he even reconciles his enemies to himself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The ways of a man are by the pleasure of Lord Jehovah; he also will repay his enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

King James 2000 Bible
When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

American King James Version
When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

American Standard Version
When a man's ways please Jehovah, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When the ways of man shall please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.

Darby Bible Translation
When a man's ways please Jehovah, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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

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

World English Bible
When a man's ways please Yahweh, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Young's Literal Translation
When a man's ways please Jehovah, even his enemies, He causeth to be at peace with him.
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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 7. - When a man's ways please the Lord, which they can do only when they are religious, just, and charitable. He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him; to submit themselves. Experience proves that nothing succeeds like success. Where a man is prosperous and things go well with him, even ill-wishers are content to east away or to dissemble their dislike, and to live at peace with him. Thus Abimelech King of Gerar fawned upon Isaac because he saw that the Lord was with him (Genesis 26:27, etc.). This is the worldly side of the maxim. It has a higher aspect, and intimates the far reaching influence of goodness - how it disarms opposition, arouses reverence and love, gives no occasion for disputes, and spreads around an atmosphere of peace. To the Jews the maxim was taught by external circumstances. While they were doing the will of the Lord, their land was to be preserved from hostile attack (Exodus 34:24; 2 Chronicles 17:10). And Christians learn that it is only when they obey and fear God that they can overcome the assaults of the enemies of their soul - the devil, the world, and the flesh Talmud, "He who is agreeable to God is equally agreeable to men."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When a man's ways please the Lord,.... As they do when a man walks according to the rule of his word; when he walks as he has Christ for an example; when he walks after the Spirit, and not after the flesh; when he walks by faith, and does all he does in faith; without which it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11:6; and when all his ways and actions are directed to the glory of God;

he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him; as Abimelech with Isaac, Esau with Jacob; and the enemies of the church and people of God with then, in the latter day, Revelation 3:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Persecutions, of course, excepted.

Proverbs 16:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
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. 8Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.…
Cross References
1 Peter 3:13
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

Genesis 33:4
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

Exodus 3:21
"And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.

2 Chronicles 17:10
The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not go to war against Jehoshaphat.

Proverbs 3:17
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 16:8
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Jeremiah 39:12
"Take him and look after him; don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."

Jeremiah 42:12
I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.'

Daniel 1:9
Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,
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