Proverbs 10:17
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English Standard Version
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

King James Bible
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

American Standard Version
He is in the way of life that heedeth correction; But he that forsaketh reproof erreth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of life, to him that observeth correction: but he that forsaketh reproofs goeth astray.

English Revised Version
He is in the way of life that heedeth correction: but he that forsaketh reproof erreth.

Webster's Bible Translation
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

Proverbs 10:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Another proverb, similar to the half of Proverbs 10:6 :

A fountain of life is the mouth of the righteous;

But the mouth of the godless hideth violence.

If we understand 11b wholly as 6b: os improborum obteget violentia, then the meaning of 11a would be, that that which the righteous speaks tends to his own welfare (Fl.). But since the words spoken are the means of communication and of intercourse, one has to think of the water as welling up in one, and flowing forth to another; and the meaning of 11b has to accommodate itself to the preceding half proverb, whereby it cannot be mistaken that חמס (violence), which was 6b subj., bears here, by the contrast, the stamp of the obj.; for the possibility of manifold windings and turnings is a characteristic of the Mashal. In the Psalms and Prophets it is God who is called מקור חיּים, Psalm 36:10; Jeremiah 2:13; Jeremiah 17:13; the proverbial poetry plants the figure on ethical ground, and understands by it a living power, from which wholesome effects accrue to its possessor, Proverbs 14:27, and go forth from him to others, Proverbs 13:14. Thus the mouth of the righteous is here called a fountain of life, because that which he speaks, and as he speaks it, is morally strengthening, intellectually elevating, and inwardly quickening in its effect on the hearers; while, on the contrary, the mouth of the godless covereth wrong (violentiam), i.e., conceals with deceitful words the intention, directed not to that which is best, but to the disadvantage and ruin of his neighbours; so that words which in the one case bring to light a ground of life and of love, and make it effectual, in the other case serve for a covering to an immoral, malevolent background.

Proverbs 10:17 Parallel Commentaries

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the way

Proverbs 3:1,2,18 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments...

Proverbs 4:4,13 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live...

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish.

Proverbs 22:17-19 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock...

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

2 Peter 1:5-11 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

he that

Proverbs 1:25,26,30 But you have set at nothing all my counsel, and would none of my reproof...

Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Proverbs 15:10 Correction is grievous to him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die.

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, Are you made of the king's counsel? forbear...

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

erreth or causeth to err

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not your mouth to cause your flesh to sin; neither say you before the angel, that it was an error...

Cross References
Judges 19:17
And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the open square of the city. And the old man said, "Where are you going? And where do you come from?"

Proverbs 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

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