Proverbs 11:3
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English Standard Version
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

King James Bible
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

American Standard Version
The integrity of the upright shall guide them; But the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The simplicity of the just shall guide them: and the deceitfulness of the wicked shall destroy them.

English Revised Version
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

Webster's Bible Translation
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Proverbs 11:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

29 Jahve's way is a bulwark to the righteous;

     But ruin to those that do evil.

Of the two meanings which מעז (מעוז) has: a stronghold from עזז, and asylum ( equals Arab. m'adz) from עוּז, the contrast here demands the former. 'דּרך ה and 'יראת ה, understood objectively, are the two O.T. names of true religion. It means, then, the way which the God of revelation directs men to walk in (Psalm 143:8), the way of His precepts, Psalm 119:27, His way of salvation, Psalm 67:3 (4); in the N.T. ἡ ὁδὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, Matthew 22:16; Acts 18:25.; cf. ἡ ὁδός simply, Acts 9:2; Acts 24:14. This way of Jahve is a fortress, bulwark, defence for innocence, or more precisely, a disposition wholly, i.e., unreservedly and without concealment, directed toward God and that which is good. All the old interpreters, also Luther, but not the Graec. Venet., translate as if the expression were לתּם; but the punctuation has preferred the abstr. pro concreto, perhaps because the personal תּם nowhere else occurs with any such prefix; on the contrary, תּם is frequently connected with ב, כ, ל. לתם דרך, integro viae (vitae), are by no means to be connected in one conception (Ziegler, Umbr., Elster), for then the poet ought to have written מעז יהוה לתם־דרך. 29b cannot be interpreted as a thought by itself: and ruin (vid., regarding מחתּה, ruina, and subjectively consternatio, Proverbs 10:16) comes to those who do evil; but the thought, much more comprehensive, that religion, which is for the righteous a strong protection and safe retreat, will be an overthrow to those who delight only in wickedness (vid., on און, p. 143), is confirmed by the similarly formed distich, Proverbs 21:15. Also almost all the Jewish interpreters, from Rashi to Malbim, find here expressed the operation of the divine revelation set over against the conduct of men - essentially the same as when the Tora or the Chokma present to men for their choice life and death; or the gospel of salvation, according to 2 Corinthians 2:15, is to one the savour of life unto life, to another the savour of death unto death.

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the integrity

Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on you.

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

the perverseness

Proverbs 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

Proverbs 28:18 Whoever walks uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be you foolish: why should you die before your time?

Isaiah 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Cross References
Proverbs 2:22
but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 13:6
Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.

Proverbs 19:3
When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.

Proverbs 22:12
The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.

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