Isaiah 26:7
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New International Version
The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

New Living Translation
But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them.

English Standard Version
The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.

King James Bible
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The path of the righteous is level; You clear a straight path for the righteous.

International Standard Version
"The path of the righteous is level; O Upright One, you make safe the way of justice.

NET Bible
The way of the righteous is level, the path of the righteous that you make is straight.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The path of the righteous is level. O Upright One, you make the road of the righteous smooth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do smooth the path of the just.

American King James Version
The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the path of the just.

American Standard Version
The way of the just is uprightness: thou that art upright dost direct the path of the just.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of the just is right, the path of the just is right to walk in.

Darby Bible Translation
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, the Upright, dost make the path of the just even.

English Revised Version
The way of the just is uprightness: thou that art up right dost direct the path of the just.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

World English Bible
The way of the just is uprightness. You who are upright make the path of the righteous level.

Young's Literal Translation
The path for the righteous is uprightness, O upright One, The path of the righteous Thou dost ponder.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:5-11 The way of the just is evenness, a steady course of obedience and holy conversation. And it is their happiness that God makes their way plain and easy. It is our duty, and will be our comfort, to wait for God, to keep up holy desires toward him in the darkest and most discouraging times. Our troubles must never turn us from God; and in the darkest, longest night of affliction, with our souls must we desire him; and this we must wait and pray to him for. We make nothing of our religion, whatever our profession may be, if we do not make heart-work of it. Though we come ever so early, we shall find God ready to receive us. The intention of afflictions is to teach righteousness: blessed is the man whom the Lord thus teaches. But sinners walk contrary to him. They will go on in their evil ways, because they will not consider what a God he is whose laws they persist in despising. Scorners and the secure will shortly feel, what now they will not believe, that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. They will not see the evil of sin; but they shall see. Oh that they would abandon their sins, and turn to the Lord, that he may have mercy upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - The way of the just is uprightness; or, the path for the just is straight. It is one of the main blessings of the righteous that God "makes their way straight before their face" (Psalm 4:8), "leads them in a plain path" (Psalm 27:11), "shows them the way they are to walk in" (Psalm 143:8), so that they are for the most part free from doubt and perplexity as to the line of conduct which it behooves them to, pursue. If this is so in the present life, still more will it be the uniform condition of the just in another sphere. Then God will of a surety "direct all their paths" (Proverbs 3:6). Thou, most upright, dost weigh; literally, O upright One, thou dost weigh. The term "upright" is applied to God in Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 25:8; and Psalm 92:16. By "weighing the path of the just" is meant keeping it, as Justice keeps her scales, straight and level.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The way of the just is uprightness,.... Or, "the way for the just is uprightnesses" (s), most upright; the way which is appointed for him, and which he is directed to walk in, is a way of righteousness and holiness, and in which he does walk; he walks uprightly, according to the rules of the word, becoming the Gospel of Christ, and worthy of his calling: or, it is "evennesses"; a most plain and even way, in which men, though fools, shall not err, Isaiah 35:8 or, "the way" of the Lord "to the just is uprightnesses", or "evennesses"; most upright, or most even; there is no inequality in it, though sometimes so charged, Ezekiel 18:25 it is entirely agreeable to justice, equity, and truth; regular and even, and suited to all his perfections of wisdom, goodness, &c. (t):

thou most upright; these words are addressed to God, and contain an appellation and description of him, who is upright, just, and true, and loves upright and righteous persons; so Kimchi and Ben Melech take the word to be in the vocative case, and as an address to God; though some render them, "he is upright" (u); that is, the just man is upright, whose way is uprightness; but the former sense best agrees with what follows:

dost weigh the path of the just; observe, consider, and approve of it, as being according to rule, and agreeable to his mind and will, Psalm 1:6 or, "thou dost level" or "make even the path of the just" (w); remove all impediments and obstructions out of it, direct his goings, order his steps, and cause him to walk in a straight way, wherein he shall not stumble, Jeremiah 31:9 and so this is a reason given why the way of the just is even, because it is made so by the Lord himself.

(s) "via justo rectitudines", Vatablus. (t) For this note, I am indebted to my learned, pious, and ingenious friend, the Rev. Mr. Hervey; see Theron and Aspasio, vol 2. Dialog. 13. p. 225. Ed 3.((u) "rectus est", De Dieu. (w) "aequabis", Vatablus. So Ben Melech explains it by making a thing plain and even.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. uprightness—rather, "is direct," that is, is directed by God to a prosperous issue, however many be their afflictions in the meantime (as in the case of the Jewish exiles); the context requires this sense (Ps 34:19; Pr 3:6; 11:5), [Maurer]: thus "way" means God's dealings with the righteous (Ps 37:23).

most upright—(De 32:4).

dost weigh—(1Sa 2:3; Pr 5:21). Rather, "thou dost make plain and level" [Maurer], removing all obstacles (Isa 40:3, 4).

Isaiah 26:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Song of Trust in God's Provision
6"The foot will trample it, The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the helpless." 7The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. 8Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.…
Cross References
Psalm 25:4
Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.

Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 27:11
Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 52:12
But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 57:2
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Jeremiah 10:23
LORD, I know that people's lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.

Hosea 14:9
Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
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