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Proverbs 16:4

    Proverbs 16:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord has made everything for his purpose, even the sinner for the day of evil.

    Webster's Revision

    Jehovah hath made everything for its own end; Yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh has made everything for its own end-- yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The LORD hath made every thing for its own end: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    Definitions for Proverbs 16:4

    Yea - Yes; certainly.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 16:4

    The Lord hath made all things for himself - He has so framed and executed every part of his creation, that it manifests his wisdom, power, goodness, and truth.

    Even the wicked for the day of evil - וגם רשע ליום רעה vegam rasha leyom raah. The whole verse is translated by the Chaldee thus: "All the works of the Lord are for those who obey him; and the wicked is reserved for the evil day." As רעה raah literally signifies to feed, it has been conjectured that the clause might be read, yea, even the wicked he feeds by the day, or daily.

    If we take the words as they stand in our present version, they mean no more than what is expressed by the Chaldee and Spriac: and as far as we can learn from their present confused state, by the Septuagint and Arabic, that "the wicked are reserved for the day of punishment." Coverdale has given, as he generally does, a good sense: "The Lorde dotll all thinges for his owne sake; yea, and when he kepeth the ungodly for the daye of wrath." He does not make the wicked or ungodly man; but when man has made himself such, even then God bears with him. But if he repent not, when the measure of his iniquity is filled up, he shall fall under the wrath of God his Maker.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 16:4

    For himself - Better, The Lord has done everything for its own end; and this includes the appointment of an "evil day" for "the wicked" who deserve it.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 16:4

    16:4 Doth work - He orders or disposes. For - For his own glory; for the discovery of his wisdom, power, goodness, truth, justice. The wicked - Wilful and impenitent sinners. Men make themselves wicked, and God therefore makes them miserable.