Proverbs 4:12
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New American Standard Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

King James Bible
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

World English Bible
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

Young's Literal Translation
In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The ever-recurring parable of the journey of life. In the way of wisdom the path is clear and open, obstacles disappear; in the quickest activity ("when thou runnest") there is no risk of falling.

Proverbs 4:12 Parallel Commentaries

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Keeping and Kept
'Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.'--PROVERBS iv. 23. 'Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.'--1 PETER 1. 5. The former of these texts imposes a stringent duty, the latter promises divine help to perform it. The relation between them is that between the Law and the Gospel. The Law commands, the Gospel gives power to obey. The Law pays no attention to man's weakness, and points no finger to the source of strength. Its office is to set clearly
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Hold Fast
A sermon (No. 1418) delivered on Lord's Day morning, June 9th, 1878, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life."----Proverbs 4:13. Faith may be well described as taking hold upon divine instruction. God has condescended to teach us, and it is ours to hear with attention and receive his words; and while we are hearing faith comes, even that faith which saves the soul. To take "fast hold" is an exhortation
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Truth Hidden when not Sought After.
"They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."--2 Tim. iv. 4. From these words of the blessed Apostle, written shortly before he suffered martyrdom, we learn, that there is such a thing as religious truth, and therefore there is such a thing as religious error. We learn that religious truth is one--and therefore that all views of religion but one are wrong. And we learn, moreover, that so it was to be (for his words are a prophecy) that professed Christians,
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII

How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in all our necessities, straits, and difficulties which are in our way to heaven; and particularly to point out the way how believers should make use of Christ in all their particular exigencies; and so live by faith in him, walk in him, grow up in him, advance and march forward toward glory in him. It will not be amiss to speak of this fulness of Christ
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Cross References
2 Samuel 22:37
"You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

Job 18:7
"His vigorous stride is shortened, And his own scheme brings him down.

Psalm 18:36
You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 119:45
And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.

Proverbs 3:23
Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.

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