Proverbs 10:29
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New International Version
The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

New Living Translation
The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.

English Standard Version
The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.

New American Standard Bible
The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.

King James Bible
The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The way of the LORD is a stronghold for the honorable, but destruction awaits the malicious.

International Standard Version
To the upright, the way of the LORD is a place of safety, but it's a place of ruin to those who practice evil.

NET Bible
The way of the LORD is like a stronghold for the upright, but it is destruction to evildoers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The way of Lord Jehovah is power to the perfect, and ruin to evildoers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The way of the LORD is a fortress for an innocent person but a ruin to those who are troublemakers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the LORD is strength to the perfect, but it is terror to the workers of iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

American King James Version
The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

American Standard Version
The way of Jehovah is a stronghold to the upright; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The strength of the upright is the way of the Lord: and fear to them that work evil.

Darby Bible Translation
The way of Jehovah is strength to the perfect [man], but destruction to the workers of iniquity.

English Revised Version
The way of the LORD is a strong hold to the upright; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

World English Bible
The way of Yahweh is a stronghold to the upright, but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
The way of Jehovah is strength to the perfect, And ruin to workers of iniquity.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:29. The believer grows stronger in faith, and obeys with increased delight. 30. The wicked would be glad to have this earth their home for ever, but it cannot be so. They must die and leave all their idols behind. 31,32. A good man discourses wisely for the benefit of others. But it is the sin, and will be the ruin of a wicked man, that he speaks what is displeasing to God, and provoking to those he converses with. The righteous is kept by the power of God; and nothing shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - The way of the Lord; i.e. the way in which he has commanded, men to walk - the way of his commandments (Psalm 25:12; Psalm 119:27), that which the Pharisees confessed that Christ taught (Matthew 22:16). The Septuagint renders, "the fear of the Lord," which practically gives the meaning. Or "the Lord's way" may be his moral government of the world. Strength; better a fortress (Ver. 15). Doing his simple duty, a good man is safe; for, as St. Peter says, "Who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?" (1 Peter 3:13). But destruction shall be; better, but it (the way of Jehovah) is destruction. The two effects of the Law of God are contrasted, according as it is obeyed or neglected. While it is protection to the righteous, it is condemnation and ruin to sinners (see on Proverbs 21:15) So Christ at one time calls himself "the Way" (John 14:6); at another says, "For judgment I am come into this world" (John 9:39); and Simeon declares of him (Luke 2:34), "This Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel" (comp. 2 Corinthians 2:15, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The way of the Lord is strength to the upright,.... Who are upright in heart and life; who have the uprightness or righteousness of Christ imputed to them, and right spirits renewed in them; in consequence of which they walk uprightly, Proverbs 10:9. To these "the way of the Lord is strength"; both the way which he himself takes, and the way which he prescribes and directs his people to walk in: the way in which he walks in providence towards them is the strength of them; he is their shade on their right hand; he shows himself strong on their behalf; he is their fortress and strong tower, as the God of providence, even a wall of fire round about them: and the way he takes in the discoveries of his love; in the communications of his grace; in the application of precious promises; by granting the influences of his Spirit; and by leading to his Son, the than of his right hand, made strong for himself and them, is very strengthening unto them: so likewise the way in which he leads his people, the way of his word and ordinances; which, as it is pleasant, so strengthening; the more they walk in them, the stronger they are; they go from strength to strength, they grow stronger and stronger by them; while they are waiting on the Lord in them, their spiritual strength is renewed: moreover, walking in the way of the Lord gives them spirit and courage, and makes them bold and intrepid; so that they fear no enemy, nor any dangers and difficulties, but go on their way cheerfully and pleasantly;

but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity; not to all that do iniquity, for no man lives without sin; but to those who give up themselves to it, make a trade of it; whose course of life is sinful, and do nothing else but sin; this their way leads to ruin; destruction and misery are now in all their ways, and will be the certain issue of them, even destruction of both soul and body; which will be swift and sudden, come upon them before they are aware, and will be everlasting; it will continue for ever, and there will be no deliverance from it. The Word (x) signifies terror and consternation; and such seize on a wicked man at death, to whom death is the king of terrors; and which will still more strongly possess him when in hell he lifts up his eyes; and also at the day of judgment, when he shall see the Judge coming in the clouds of heaven, sitting on a fiery throne, and shall hear him pronounce him cursed. The clause may be rendered, but the way of the Lord is "terror to the workers of iniquity" (y); the way of the Lord in his works of providence, in which he oftentimes does terrible things in righteousness; and he is very terrible to men in his judgments here, and will be more so in his awful procedure at the last judgment.

(x) "pavor", V. L. Pagninus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus; "consternatio", Vatablus, Cocceius, Michaelis. (y) So Mercerus, Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. The way, &c.—that is, God's providence sustains the righteous and overthrows the wicked (Ho 14:9).

Proverbs 10:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
28The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes. 29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity. 30The righteous will never be shaken, But the wicked will not dwell in the land.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:6
Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Proverbs 21:15
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

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.
Treasury of Scripture

The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

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Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall …

Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

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Proverbs 21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to …

Job 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the …

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

Psalm 36:12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and …

Psalm 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be …

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of …

Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

Luke 13:26,27 Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, …

Romans 2:8,9 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

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