Proverbs 10:17
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New International Version
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

New Living Translation
People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.

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

New American Standard Bible
He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who follows instruction is on the path to life, but the one who rejects correction goes astray.

International Standard Version
Whoever heeds correction is on the pathway to life, but someone who ignores exhortation goes astray.

NET Bible
The one who heeds instruction is on the way to life, but the one who rejects rebuke goes astray.

New Heart English Bible
He is in the way of life who heeds correction, but he who forsakes reproof leads others astray.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The way of life preserves instruction and he that hates rebuke is a moron.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever practices discipline is on the way to life, but whoever ignores a warning strays.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is in the way of life that heedeth instruction; But he that forsaketh reproof erreth.

New American Standard 1977
He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
            But he who forsakes reproof goes astray.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He is in the way of life that gives heed to chastening, but he that refuses reproof errs.

King James 2000 Bible
He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses reproof goes astray.

American King James Version
He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses reproof errs.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
Keeping instruction is the path to life; but he that forsaketh reproof 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.

World English Bible
He is in the way of life who heeds correction, but he who forsakes reproof leads others astray.

Young's Literal Translation
A traveller to life is he who is keeping instruction, And whoso is forsaking rebuke is erring.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
16The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment. 17He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray. 18He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.…
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 is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
Treasury of Scripture

He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses reproof errs.

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: …

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 …

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

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

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 …

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to …

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

erreth or causeth to err

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not your mouth to cause your flesh to sin; neither say you …

(17) Erreth.--Literally, committeth error. This is probably the true sense, and harmonises better with being "in the way of life," which occurs just before, than the marginal rendering, "causeth to err." The word occurs in a similar sense in Jeremiah 42:20 (there translated, "ye have dissembled").

Verse 17. - He is in the way of life (Proverbs 5:6). It is a way of life when a man keepeth instruction, taketh to heart what is taught by daily providences and the wisdom of experience. Such teachableness leads to happiness here and hereafter. Erreth (Jeremiah 42:20); not "causeth to err," as in the margin, which weakens the antithesis. Septuagint, "Instruction (παιδεία) guardeth the ways of life, but he who is unaffected by instruction goeth astray" (comp. Hebrews 12:7, etc.). He is in the way of life,.... Of eternal life, which is truly, properly, and by way of eminency, "life", Matthew 19:17; and which is a life of glory; a life of perfection, of perfect holiness, knowledge, obedience, love, peace, and joy; a life free from all the inconveniences of the present life, animal or spiritual; a life of pleasure, and which will last for ever: the "way" to it is not by works of righteousness done by men, since by these the law is not fulfilled, nor justice satisfied; and therefore no justification of life by them, or what entitles to eternal life; it is sinful, dangerous, and a vain thing, to seek for eternal life in this way; Christ is the only true way to it; who, by his obedience, sufferings, and death, has opened the new and living way; and through his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, way is made for all that believe in him to enter into eternal life: and such are in the way to it who are in Christ, secretly in election, openly in the effectual calling; when they are made new creatures, are quickened by the Spirit and grace of Christ, and have that principle in them which is a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life; who have a sight of Christ, and come unto him by faith; who truly believe in him, with which eternal life is connected. Particularly he is in the way unto it

that keepeth instruction; the instruction in righteousness which the Scriptures give, especially the Gospel part of them; which is an instruction into the mind and will of God about man's salvation; into the grace of God, as displayed therein; into the person and offices of Christ, and salvation by him; into the doctrines of peace, pardon, righteousness, and life, through him. Now he to whom this instruction comes with power, and is the savour of life unto life; who receives it in the love of it; who "observes" (i) it, as the word here used signifies; takes notice of and follows its direction, pointing out Christ as the way of salvation, instructing to look to him and believe in him, and be saved; and who retains and holds fast such instruction, and abides by it; and finds the word of the Gospel, and eats it, and is nourished by it unto everlasting life; he is most assuredly in the way of it;

but he that refuseth reproof erreth; that is, from the way of life. He that rejects the counsel and advice, the admonitions and reproofs, given in the word of God, by the ministers of it; or by parents and masters, friends or relations, that wish him well; he wanders far off from the way that leads to life, and goes into the paths of sin, and consequently is in the way of death. Some render it, "causeth to err" (k); either others, as Aben Ezra; or both himself and others, as Jarchi: and then it may be understood of him "that forsaketh reproof" (l), as it may be rendered; that is, that declines giving reproof, when it lies in his way, and is his duty to do it. Aben Ezra reads this clause in connection with the former, as said of one and the same person,

"he is in the way of life that keepeth instruction, and forsakes or rejects the reproof of him that causeth to err.''

(i) "observat", Tigurine version; "servat", Cocceius; "observans", Schultens. (k) "faciens errare", Montanus, Gejerus; "seduceus sese", Tigurine version; "errare facit", some in Vatablus; "facit oberrare", Cocceius. (l) "qui relinquit increpationem", Pagninus; "deserens", Montanus, Schultens; "derelinquit", Piscator; "deserit", Cocceius. 17. keepeth—observes (Pr 3:18; 4:22).

refuseth—or, "turns from reproof," which might direct him aright.10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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