New Living Translation
Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.
King James Bible
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.
Darby Bible Translation
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God cometh forth from them all.
World English Bible
It is good that you should take hold of this. Yes, also from that don't withdraw your hand; for he who fears God will come forth from them all.
Young's Literal Translation
It is good that thou dost lay hold on this, and also, from that withdrawest not thy hand, for whoso is fearing God goeth out with them all.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:18 Take hold of - Embrace and practise this counsel. Shall come - Shall be delivered from all extremes, and from all the evil consequences of them.
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Gen. ii. 17.--"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die."--Gen. i. 26.--"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." The state wherein man was created at first, you heard was exceeding good,--all …
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Covenanting Adapted to the Moral Constitution of Man.
Letter xxviii (Circa A. D. 1130) to the Abbots Assembled at Soissons
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear him.
Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.
But even though a person sins a hundred times and still lives a long time, I know that those who fear God will be better off.
The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows.
That's the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone's duty.
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