There Is A Way That Seems Right To A Man: What Does Proverbs 16:25 Mean?

Proverbs 16:25 reads, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationProverbs 16:25
ESVThere is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
NASBThere is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
NIVThere is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
NLTThere is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

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There Is A Way That Seems Right To A Man: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God’s favour.

16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ.

18. When men defy God’s judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God’s word shall find good.

21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man’s self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others.

24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.

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Proverbs 16:25 | Benson Bible Commentary

Proverbs 16:25-26. There is a way, &c. — See on Proverbs 14:12. He that laboureth, laboureth for himself — For his own use and benefit.

Solomon’s design in this proverb is, to condemn idleness, and to commend diligence, in a man’s calling; for his mouth craveth it of him — Hebrew, אכŠ עליו, boweth to him, namely, as a suppliant; beggeth him to labour, that it may have something put into it, for its own comfort, and the nourishment of the whole body.

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