He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways shall be known.
The term "walk" signifies a course of conduct. To walk uprightly is to pursue a course of uprightness, or integrity. He who pursues such a course walks safely. God is righteous. Being such, He must regard the righteous with approbation and complacency.
I. WHAT SENTIMENTS ARE SAFE, OR WHAT MAY WE SAFELY BELIEVE?
1. It is safe to believe the Scriptures are a revelation from God.
2. To believe in the immortality of the soul and in a future state of retribution.
3. To believe that men are naturally destitute of holiness, or in other words, wholly sinful.
4. That a moral renovation or change of heart is necessary to salvation.
5. In the proper Divinity of Jesus Christ.
6. That Christ has made an atonement for sin, and that we must be justified by faith in Him, and not by our own works.
7. That all men will not be saved.
II. WHAT PRACTICE IS SAFE? All who are called Christians may be divided into two classes. One is distinguished by a strict, the other by a lax interpretation of the Divine precepts. Which of these two classes pursues the safe course? Which is most dangerous — to have too little religion or too much? Surely he only who walks strictly walks safely.
(E. Payson, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.