Proverbs 16:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but his motives are weighed out by the LORD.

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

New King James Version
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits.

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

NASB 1995
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

NASB 1977
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

Amplified Bible
All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions], But the LORD weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth].

Christian Standard Bible
All a person’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs motives.

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

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

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
All the works of the humble man are manifest with God; but the ungodly shall perish in an evil day.

Contemporary English Version
We may think we know what is right, but the LORD is the judge of our motives.

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

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

Good News Translation
You may think everything you do is right, but the LORD judges your motives.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But the LORD weigheth the spirits.

Literal Standard Version
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, And YHWH is pondering the spirits.

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

New Heart English Bible
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the motives.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
1The plans of the heart belong to man, but the reply of the tongue is from the LORD. 2All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but his motives are weighed out by the LORD. 3Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be achieved.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 2:3
Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by Him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or height, for I have rejected him; the LORD does not see as man does. For man sees the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart."

Proverbs 12:15
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to counsel.

Proverbs 21:2
All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Proverbs 30:12
There is a generation of those who are pure in their own eyes and yet unwashed of their filth.

Daniel 5:27
TEKEL means that you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.


Treasury of Scripture

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 seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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

Proverbs 30:12
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

but

Proverbs 5:21
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

Proverbs 24:12
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.









(2) All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes.--Yet that does not excuse his faults in God's sight. (Comp. 1Corinthians 4:4.) So much the more reason is there for anxious self-examination and testing the conduct by God's word, and, when this has been done to the best of our power, still to pray for cleansing from faults which have escaped our notice. (Psalm 19:12.)

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
All
כָּֽל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

a man’s
אִ֭ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

ways
דַּרְכֵי־ (dar·ḵê-)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

[are] pure
זַ֣ךְ (zaḵ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2134: Pure, clean

in his own eyes,
בְּעֵינָ֑יו (bə·‘ê·nāw)
Preposition | Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

but his motives
רוּח֣וֹת (rū·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

are weighed
וְתֹכֵ֖ן (wə·ṯō·ḵên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8505: To balance, measure out, arrange, equalize, levelling

by the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH


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