Proverbs 15:9
New International Version
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

New Living Translation
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.

English Standard Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves those who pursue righteousness.

King James Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

New King James Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who follows righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves the one who pursues righteousness.

NASB 1995
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

NASB 1977
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who pursues righteousness.

Amplified Bible
The way [of life] of the wicked is hateful and exceedingly offensive to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness [personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character].

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves the one who pursues righteousness.

American Standard Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
LORD JEHOVAH despises the way of the evil and he shows mercy to him who practices righteousness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ways of an ungodly man are an abomination to the Lord; but he loves those that follow after righteousness.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD is disgusted with all who do wrong, but he loves everyone who does right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: he that followeth justice is beloved by him.

English Revised Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Good News Translation
The LORD hates the ways of evil people, but loves those who do what is right.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The way of wicked people is disgusting to the LORD, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

International Standard Version
The lifestyle of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but he loves those who ardently pursue righteousness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD; But He loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Literal Standard Version
The way of the wicked [is] an abomination to YHWH, And He loves whoever is pursuing righteousness.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

New Heart English Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.

World English Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
An abomination to Jehovah is the way of the wicked, And whoso is pursuing righteousness He loveth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
8The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves those who pursue righteousness. 10Discipline is harsh for him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.…

Cross References
1 Timothy 6:11
But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

Deuteronomy 7:13
He will love you and bless you and multiply you. He will bless the fruit of your womb and the produce of your land--your grain, new wine, and oil, the young of your herds and the lambs of your flocks--in the land that He swore to your fathers to give you.

Psalm 139:24
See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the way everlasting.

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.

Proverbs 15:10
Discipline is harsh for him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.

Proverbs 21:21
He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Isaiah 51:1
"Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were hewn.


Treasury of Scripture

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

the way

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 21:4,8
An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin…

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

he loveth

Proverbs 21:21
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Isaiah 26:7
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

Isaiah 51:1,7
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged…









Verse 9. - This verse gives the reason for the treatment specified in the preceding verse (comp. Proverbs 11:20; Proverbs 12:22). Followeth after; chaseth, implying effort and perseverance, as in the pursuit of game (Proverbs 11:19; Proverbs 21:21).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The LORD
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

detests
תּוֹעֲבַ֣ת (tō·w·‘ă·ḇaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol

the way
דֶּ֣רֶךְ (de·reḵ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of the wicked,
רָשָׁ֑ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

but He loves
יֶאֱהָֽב׃ (ye·’ĕ·hāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

those who pursue
וּמְרַדֵּ֖ף (ū·mə·rad·dêp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

righteousness.
צְדָקָ֣ה (ṣə·ḏā·qāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively


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