Be Righteous: God is Watching (Proverbs 16:1 – 13)

16:1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the spirits.

3 Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established.

4 The LORD has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.

6 In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.

7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness,
Than vast revenues without justice.

9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.

10 Divination is on the lips of the king;
His mouth must not transgress in judgment.
11 Honest weights and scales are the LORD’s;
All the weights in the bag are His work.
12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
For a throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And they love him who speaks what is right.

The first seven verses of this passage outline the sovereignty of God compared to the futility of man without God.  He judges, He sustains, He guides, and man without Him is lost.  The eighth verse is an aside about the value of righteousness compared to money.  Righteousness is always better than vast revenues that lack justice.  Money here is not the evil, per se, but rather money gotten unjustly.  The writer then goes to a litany of things kings should not do because the Lord is in overwatch of the king’s reign.

What is the bottom line here?  Whatever you do, do it with an eye to the will, purpose, and law of God.  God is the source, the beginning, the fountainhead of wisdom, and wisdom leads to blessing.  Foolishness or wickedness leads to destruction.  Seek God and seek wisdom.  Be blessed!

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