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Proverbs 16:2

Context
NET ©

All a person’s ways 1  seem right 2  in his own opinion, 3  but the Lord evaluates 4  the motives. 5 

NIV ©

All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.

MSG ©

Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; GOD probes for what is good.

BBE ©

All a man’s ways are clean to himself; but the Lord puts men’s spirits into his scales.

NRSV ©

All one’s ways may be pure in one’s own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.

NKJV ©

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


KJV
All the ways
<01870>
of a man
<0376>
[are] clean
<02134>
in his own eyes
<05869>_;
but the LORD
<03068>
weigheth
<08505> (8802)
the spirits
<07307>_.
NASB ©
All
<03605>
the ways
<01870>
of a man
<0376>
are clean
<02134>
in his own sight
<05869>
, But the LORD
<03068>
weighs
<08505>
the motives
<07307>
.
HEBREW
hwhy
<03069>
twxwr
<07307>
Nktw
<08505>
wynyeb
<05869>
Kz
<02134>
sya
<0376>
ykrd
<01870>
lk (16:2)
<03605>
LXXM
panta
<3956
A-NPN
ta
<3588
T-NPN
erga
<2041
N-NPN
tou
<3588
T-GSM
tapeinou
<5011
A-GSM
fanera
<5318
A-NPN
para
<3844
PREP
tw
<3588
T-DSM
yew
<2316
N-DSM
oi
<3588
T-NPM
de
<1161
PRT
asebeiv
<765
A-NPM
en
<1722
PREP
hmera
<2250
N-DSF
kakh
<2556
A-DSF
olountai {V-FMI-3P}
NET © [draft] ITL
All
<03605>
a person’s
<02134>
ways
<01870>
seem
<02134>
right in his own opinion
<05869>
, but the Lord
<03069>
evaluates
<08505>
the motives
<07307>
.
NET ©

All a person’s ways 1  seem right 2  in his own opinion, 3  but the Lord evaluates 4  the motives. 5 

NET © Notes

tn Heb “ways of a man.”

sn The Hebrew term translated “right” (z~E) means “innocent” (NIV) or “pure” (NAB, NRSV, NLT). It is used in the Bible for pure oils or undiluted liquids; here it means unmixed actions. Therefore on the one hand people rather naively conclude that their actions are fine.

tn Heb “in his eyes.”

tn The figure (a hypocatastasis) of “weighing” signifies “evaluation” (e.g., Exod 5:8; 1 Sam 2:3; 16:7; Prov 21:2; 24:12). There may be an allusion to the Egyptian belief of weighing the heart after death to determine righteousness. But in Hebrew thought it is an ongoing evaluation as well, not merely an evaluation after death.

tn Heb “spirits” (so KJV, ASV). This is a metonymy for the motives, the intentions of the heart (e.g., 21:2 and 24:2).

sn Humans deceive themselves rather easily and so appear righteous in their own eyes; but the proverb says that God evaluates motives and so he alone can determine if the person’s ways are innocent.



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