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Proverbs 16:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— When a man's ways please Jehovah, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— When a man's ways please Jehovah, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— When, acceptable to Yahweh, are the ways of a man, even his enemies, doth he cause to make peace with him.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— When a man's ways please Jehovah, even his enemies, He causeth to be at peace with him.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— When the ways of man shall please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— When a mans wayes please the LORD, he maketh euen his enemies to be at peace with him.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The beginning of a good way is to do justly; and it is more acceptable with God than to offer sacrifices.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— When a man's ways please Yahweh, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
When a man's 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
ways 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
please 7521
{7521} Prime
A primitive root; to be pleased with; specifically to satisfy a debt.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
he maketh even x1571
(1571) Complement
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
his enemies 341
{0341} Prime
Active participle of H0340; hating; an adversary.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
to be at peace 7999
{7999} Prime
A primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively to be (causatively make) completed; by implication to be friendly; by extension to reciprocate (in various applications).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
with x854
(0854) Complement
Probably from H0579; properly nearness (used only as a preposition or adverb), near; hence generally with, by, at, among, etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:7

_ _ Persecutions, of course, excepted.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:7

_ _ Note, 1. God can turn foes into friends when he pleases. He that has all hearts in his hand has access to men's spirits and power over them, working insensibly, but irresistibly upon them, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him, can change their minds, or force them into a feigned submission. He can slay all enemies, and bring those together that were at the greatest distance from each other. 2. He will do it for us when we please him. If we make it our care to be reconciled to God, and to keep ourselves in his love, he will incline those that have been envious towards us, and vexatious to us, to entertain a good opinion of us and to become our friends. God made Esau to be at peace with Jacob, Abimelech with Isaac, and David's enemies to court his favour and desire a league with Israel. The image of God appearing upon the righteous, and his particular lovingkindness to them, are enough to recommend them to the respect of all, even of those that have been most prejudiced against them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Psalms 69:31 [This] also shall please the LORD better than an ox [or] bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things [which were sent] from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.


Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
Genesis 32:6-7 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. ... Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that [was] with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Genesis 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
Jeremiah 15:11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee [well] in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
Acts 9:1-2 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, ... And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Acts 9:19-20 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. ... And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
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Gn 27:41; 32:6, 28; 33:4. Ps 69:31. Jr 15:11. Ac 9:1, 19. Ro 8:31. Php 4:18. Col 1:10; 3:20. He 13:21. 1Jn 3:22.

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Thanks Eved, It is something to think on and have. Yes you are right,we will never know it all in any life time :)
- Ted Russell (7/22/2017 3:25:38 PM)
Shalom, Ted! In this life, it doesn't matter how long we've studied and contemplated the Word - we won't have all the "answers." The finite cannot completely comprehend the Infinite...but one day we will know even as we are known, praise God! With that in mind, here's a possibility to consider regarding your question: it may be that the verse has to do not with God's making peace but with the one who pleases God making peace with his own enemies. Think of our blessed Savior's encouragement to love those who hate us, to bless those who curse us, etc., and Paul's exhortation, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." (Rom. 12:8) This is pleasing to God, and so it may be what is referred to here in Pr. 16:7's "when A MAN's ways are pleasing to God, HE makes even his enemies..."
- eved melekh (7/22/2017 1:37:09 PM)
Question: If this be true,did not Jesus ways please God? What about the Disciples? They were Killed for the most part. I am asking because this was brought up to me and I have no answer. I have been in the Word for 29 years.... Thoughts??
- Ted Russell (7/22/2017 10:37:34 AM)
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