Proverbs 2:19
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English Standard Version
none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.

King James Bible
None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

American Standard Version
None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life:

Douay-Rheims Bible
None that go in unto her shall return again, neither shall they take hold of the paths of life,

English Revised Version
None that go unto her return again, neither do they attain unto the paths of life:

Webster's Bible Translation
None that go to her return again, neither do they take hold of the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:19 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

As in Proverbs 2:10, Proverbs 2:11, the אז תּבּין ("then shalt thou understand," Proverbs 2:5) is expanded, so now the watching, preserving, is separately placed in view:

12 To deliver thee from an evil way,

     From the man who speaks falsehood;

13 (From those) who forsake the ways of honesty

     To walk in ways of darkness,

14 Who rejoice to accomplish evil,

     Delight in malignant falsehood -

15 They are crooked in their paths,

     And perverse in their ways.

That דּרך רע is not genitival, via mali, but adjectival, via mala, is evident from דרך לא־טוב, Proverbs 16:29. From the evil way, i.e., conduct, stands opposed to the false words represented in the person of the deceiver; from both kinds of contagium wisdom delivers. תּהפּכות (like the similarly formed תּחבּות, occurring only as plur.) means misrepresentations, viz., of the good and the true, and that for the purpose of deceiving (Proverbs 17:20), fallaciae, i.e., intrigues in conduct, and lies and deceit in words. Fl. compares Arab. ifk, a lie, and affak, a liar. להצּילך has Munach, the constant servant of Dech, instead of Metheg, according to rule (Accentssystem, vii. 2). העזבים (Proverbs 2:13) is connected with the collective אישׁ (cf. Judges 9:55); we have in the translation separated it into a relative clause with the abstract present. The vocalization of the article fluctuates, yet the expression העזבים, like Proverbs 2:17 העזבת, is the better established (Michlol 53b); העזבים is one of the three words which retain their Metheg, and yet add to it a Munach in the tone-syllable (vid., the two others, Job 22:4; Job 39:26). To the "ways of honesty" (Geradheit) (cf. the adj. expression, Jeremiah 31:9), which does not shun to come to the light, stand opposed the "ways of darkness," the ἔργα τοῦ σκότους, Romans 13:12, which designedly conceal themselves from God (Isaiah 29:15) and men (Job 24:15; Job 38:13, Job 38:15).

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Psalm 81:12 So I gave them up to their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands...

Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may you also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit prostitution, nor your spouses when they commit adultery...

Matthew 19:24-26 And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle...


Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation...

Cross References
Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Proverbs 5:6
she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

Ecclesiastes 7:26
And I find something more bitter than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her.

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