Proverbs 2:8
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English Standard Version
guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

King James Bible
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

American Standard Version
That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keeping the paths of justice, and guarding the ways of saints.

English Revised Version
That he may guard the paths of judgment, and preserve the way of his saints.

Webster's Bible Translation
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Proverbs 2:8 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The first אם, with that which it introduces, Proverbs 2:1, Proverbs 2:2, is to be interpreted as an exclamation, "O that!" (O si), and then as an optative, as Psalm 81:9; Psalm 139:19. אז ...כּי, Proverbs 2:3-5, with the inserted connecting clauses, would then be confirmatory, "for then." But since this poet loves to unfold one and the same thought in ever new forms, one has perhaps to begin the conditional premisses with Proverbs 2:1, and to regard כּי אם as a new commencement. Hitzig takes this כי אם in the sense of imo: "much more if thou goest to meet her, e.g., by curious inquiry, not merely permittest her quietly to come to thee." אם would then preserve its conditional meaning; and כּי as in Job 31:18; Psalm 130:4, since it implies an intentional negative, would receive the meaning of imo. But the sentences ranged together with אם are too closely related in meaning to admit such a negative between them. כּי will thus be confirmatory, not mediately, but immediately; it is the "for equals yes" of confirmation of the preceding conditions, and takes them up again (Ewald, 356, b, cf. 330 b) after the form of the conditional clause was given up. The צפן, which in Proverbs 1:11, Proverbs 1:18, is the synonym of צפה, speculari, presents itself here, 1b, 7a, as the synonym of טמן, whence מטמנים, synon. of צפוּנים, recondita; the group of sounds, צף, צם, טם (cf. also דף, in Arab. dafan, whence dafynat, treasure), express shades of the root representation of pressing together. The inf. of the conclusion להקשׁיב, to incline (Gr. Venet. ὡς ἀκροῷτο), is followed by the accus. of the object אזנך, thine ear, for הקשׁיב properly means to stiffen (not to purge, as Schultens, nor to sharpen, as Gesenius thinks); cf. under Psalm 10:17. With חכמה are interchanged בּינה, which properly means that which is distinguished or separated, and תּבוּנה, which means the distinguishing, separating, appellations of the capacity of distinguishing in definite cases and in general; but it does not represent this as a faculty of the soul, but as a divine power which communicates itself as the gift of God (charisma).

Proverbs 2:8 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Psalm 121:5-8 The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand...

Isaiah 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:

Isaiah 49:9,10 That you may say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways...

John 10:28,29 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand...


Proverbs 3:21-24 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion...

Deuteronomy 33:3,26-29 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; every one shall receive of your words...

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Psalm 37:23,24,28,31 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way...

Psalm 66:9 Which holds our soul in life, and suffers not our feet to be moved.

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserves all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Jeremiah 32:40,41 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good...

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
"He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

Psalm 66:9
who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.

Psalm 97:10
O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

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