Proverbs 16 – May 31

The Discover One Thing Online Study is doing a proverb a day for 31 days, seeking knowledge and discretion (Proverbs 1:4) and learning and guidance (Proverbs 1:5) from God. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.

Proverbs 16 – Proverbs of Solomon

To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
    and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
    all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
    for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
    they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
    but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
    his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
    those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
    than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
    and gracious words promote instruction.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
    but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
    and their lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
    their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
    and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
    and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
    and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
    whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
    it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
    one with self-control than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
    but its every decision is from the Lord.

In All That I Do | Dyea Rowland


Proverbs 16:3


This verse is telling us to commit all that we do to the complete and total will of God. In that trust and submission to Him, He will fulfill our righteous plans. When we pray, we should give those plans to Him and ask Him to bring about His results. Big or small, it should be “whatever” we do.


I make decisions every day, and I know I should come to You. Help me to do that in not just the “important” things but in what may be considered the “little” things too.


Father, I want Your will to be fulfilled, and I want to do it all for Your glory. I want to seek You and Your will for me – to be successful and to glorify You. In Your name, Jesus, I pray…Amen.

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Posted on May 31, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I just love verse 24 today.

    “Gracious words are a honeycomb,sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

    It reminds me of my own love language, words of affirmation. Reading the words just made my heart smile. Ironically when I find myself craving those words when my love language fills low, I’m less likely to offer them to others. I blame it on the fact that I feel down so I can’t offer it to others. Today’s verse convicted me that in those times when I am low, I need to work twice as hard to be gracious to others even more.


  2. Several of today’s proverbs speak to God’s sovereignty. My Bible notes two types of God’s will: (1) effective/directive will which encompasses His plan to produce certain events by means of His power and (2) permissive will in which He allows certain events. What appears to be chance in reality is part of God’s sovereign plan.

    Verse 9 refreshed me today because I often have trouble making big decisions, but God is there establishing my footsteps, why should I fear? This is yet another reason why I need to remain connected to You, so that my steps that You are establishing don’t have to be re-directed steps.

    It’s so awesome that You allow certain things yet remain sovereign! I love that! Thank You, Lord, for Your allowance of me to make plans. Please continue transforming me and my decisions to please You, with my steps firmly established and directed in Your way.


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