Proverbs 16:2-3; 21:1-2 Integrity.
Sinners always think, in their heart of hearts, that their ways are pure, because the standard used is that of one’s own eyes, one’s own perspective (v. 2a; 21:2a). Appearances, even to one’s own self, are often different than what is actually in one’s core, the heart or spirit (v. 2b; 21:2b). It is hearts and spirits which the LORD weighs, and they are too often found wanting. Integrity is when what we think in our core, our hearts and spirits, is in harmony with what we see in our words and works. This is the thought we find at 16:3. If our works match thoughts in harmony with the LORD’s, then we will have integrity, and our works will be established (Cf. 3:6; Ps. 37:5). As the wise man stated at 21:1, the heart is not beyond the LORD’s sovereign direction and control. However, this does not absolve anyone of their sin, because he will render judgment based on what he knows is in men’s hearts, and the deeds which express these thoughts (24:12).