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

King James Bible
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

American Standard Version
Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way; But wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Justice keepeth the way of the innocent: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

English Revised Version
Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Webster's Bible Translation
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Proverbs 13:6 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

28 In the path of righteousness is life,

     And the way of its path is immortality.

All the old versions to the Venet. give אל־ instead of אל־, and are therefore under the necessity of extracting from ודּרך נתיבה a meaning corresponding to this, εἰς θάνατον, in which they are followed by Hitzig: "a devious way leadeth to death." But נתיב (נתיבה) signifies step, and generally way and street (vid., at Proverbs 1:15), not "devious way," which is expressed, Judges 5:6, by ארחות עקלקלות. And that אל is anywhere punctuated thus in the sense of אל is previously improbable, because the Babylonian system of punctuation distinguishes the negative אל with a short Pathach, and the prepositional אל (Arab. ilâ) with a short Chirek, from each other (vid., Pinsker, Einl. p. xxii.f.); the punctuation 2 Samuel 18:16; Jeremiah 51:3, gives no support to the opinion that here אל is vocalized thus in the sense of אל, and it is not to be thus corrected. Nothing is more natural than that the Chokma in its constant contrast between life and death makes a beginning of expressing the idea of the ἀθανασία, which Aquila erroneously read from the אל־מות, Psalm 48:15. It has been objected that for the formation of such negative substantives and noun-adjectives לא (e.g., לא־אל, לא־עם) and not אל is used; but that אל also may be in close connection with a noun, 2 Samuel 1:13 shows. There אל־טל is equivalent to אל יהי טל, according to which it may also be explained in the passage before us, with Luther and all the older interpreters, who accepted אל in its negative signification: and on (the בּ governing) the way ... is no death. The negative אל frequently stands as an intensifying of the objective לא; but why should the Chokma, which has already shown itself bold in the coining of new words, not apply itself to the formation of the idea of immortality?: the idol name אליל is the result of a much greater linguistic boldness. It is certain that אל is here not equivalent to אל; the Masora is therefore right in affirming that נתיבה is written with He raphatum pro mappicato (vid., Kimchi, Michlol 31a, and in the Lex.), cf. 1 Samuel 20:20, vid., Bttcher, 418. Thus: the way of their step is immortality, or much rather, since דּרך is not a fixed idea, but also denotes the going to a distance (i.e., the journey), the behaviour, the proceeding, the walk, etc.: the walking (the stepping over and passing through) of their way is immortality. Rich in synonyms of the way, the Hebrew style delights in connecting them with picturesque expressions; but דּרך always means the way in general, which divides into ארחות or נתיבות (Job 6:18; Jeremiah 18:5), and consists of such (Isaiah 3:16). The distich is synonymous: on the path of righteousness (accentuate בארח צדקה) is life meeting him who walks in it, and giving itself to him as a possession, and the walking in its path is immortality (cf. Proverbs 3:17; Proverbs 10:28); so that to go in it and to be immortal, i.e., to be delivered from death, to be exalted above it, is one and the same thing. If we compare with this, 1 Samuel 14:32, it is obvious that the Chokma begins (vid., Psychol. p. 410) to break through the limits of this present life, and to announce a life beyond the reach of death.

Proverbs 13:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

righteousness

Proverbs 11:3,5,6 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them...

Psalm 15:2 He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.

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.

wickedness

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.

Proverbs 21:12 The righteous man wisely considers the house of the wicked: but God overthrows the wicked for their wickedness.

2 Chronicles 28:23 For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them...

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

the sinner

Cross References
Psalm 119:1
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!

Proverbs 10:29
The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.

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

Proverbs 11:20
Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.

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