Proverbs 11:5
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New International Version
The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

New Living Translation
The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

English Standard Version
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

New American Standard Bible
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

King James Bible
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The righteousness of the blameless clears his path, but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.

International Standard Version
The righteousness of the innocent creates a level path, but the wicked fall by their wickedness.

NET Bible
The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness.

New Heart English Bible
The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way, but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The righteousness of the perfect straightens his way and the evil one has fallen in his evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The righteousness of innocent people makes their road smooth, but wicked people fall by their own wickedness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The righteousness of the sincere shall make straight his way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

New American Standard 1977
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way,
            But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The righteousness of the perfect shall straighten his way, but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

King James 2000 Bible
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

American King James Version
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

American Standard Version
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The justice of the upright shall make his way prosperous: and the wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness.

Darby Bible Translation
The righteousness of the perfect maketh plain his way; but the wicked falleth by his own wickedness.

English Revised Version
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

World English Bible
The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way, but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Young's Literal Translation
The righteousness of the perfect maketh right his way, And by his wickedness doth the wicked fall.
Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
4Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. 5The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 6The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.…
Cross References
Judges 20:41
Then the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified; for they saw that disaster was close to them.

Proverbs 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 5:22
His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

Proverbs 12:3
A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.

Proverbs 21:29
A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
Treasury of Scripture

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(5) Shall direct his way.--Or, make smooth, as Proverbs 3:6. The just man by his exact performance of all duty both towards God and man receives more and more light, and therefore continually sees more clearly how to avoid the difficulties that beset his path. The wicked darkens his conscience more and more by the commission of evil, till he stumbles as in the night (John 11:9), and at last falls, and rises not again.

Verse 5. - The perfect; the upright and honest. Vulgate, "simple;" Septuagint, "blameless." Shall direct - make straight or smooth - his way (Proverbs 3:6). The good man, not blinded by passion, follows a safe and direct path of life; but the wicked, led by his own evil propensious, and losing the light of conscience (John 11:10), stumbles and fails. Septuagint, "Righteousness cutteth straight (ὀρθοτομεῖ) blameless paths, but ungodliness walketh in iniquity." Ὀρθοτομέω occurs in Proverbs 3:6, and nowhere else in the Septuagiut. St. Paul adopts the word in 2 Timothy 2:15. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way,.... Or "make it plain" (f); that is, the righteousness of those who are perfect in Christ, complete in him, perfectly justified by his righteousness; that righteousness makes their way plain; it is the direct way, the highway, the pathway to eternal life and happiness; see Proverbs 12:28;

but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness; or, "in his wickedness" (g): in his own wicked way, which he has chosen and delights to walk in; he shall stumble therein, and fall into ruin and destruction, into hell and damnation: or by means or because of it he will fall; his wickedness will be the cause of his fall; as it will be the cause of the fall of Babylon, Revelation 18:2.

(f) "rectam facit", Cocceius; "complanat viam ejus", Schultens. (g) "in impietate sua", Tigurine version, Montanus, Baynus, Michaelis; "improbitate sua", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "in injustitia sua", Cocceius; "in improbitate sua turbulenta", Schultens. 5. direct—or, "make plain"; wicked ways are not plain (Pr 13:17).11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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