Proverbs 16:3

ESV Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
NIV Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
NASB Commit your works to the Lord, And your plans will be established.
CSB Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
NLT Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
KJV Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
NKJV Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

What does Proverbs 16:3 mean?

The best chance for success comes when plans are aligned with truth. That means those who submit to God's will and seek Him are in a better position than those who ignore or reject Him. Following God is never a guarantee of earthly success (John 16:33). However, acting in accordance with truth and goodness removes many dangers from life (Proverbs 1:7; 13:20–22). When someone's efforts are fully entrusted to God's will and His control—when they are "committed" to Him—those labors are less likely to cause their own downfall.

Psalm 37:5 affirms this truth by stating: "Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act." Abraham charged his servant with the formidable task of finding a bride for his son Isaac, and his servant was successful in the commission of the assignment. He did not depend upon his own intelligence or preference. He asked the Lord to guide him to the right person (Genesis 24:42–44). When he found Rebekah, the right person, he offered thanks to the Lord for guidance (Genesis 24:48). When he asked her parents for permission to take her to Isaac, he said, "Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way" (Genesis 24:56).

When a believer sincerely depends upon the Lord for the understanding to do His will, he is not disappointed. Proverbs 3:5–6 counsels: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
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