Proverbs 13:6
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New International Version
Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

New Living Translation
Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.

English Standard Version
Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.

King James Bible
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.

International Standard Version
Righteousness protects the blameless, but wickedness brings down the sinner.

NET Bible
Righteousness guards the one who lives with integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Righteousness will keep him who is perfect in his way, and the sinner's sin will destroy him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Righteousness protects the honest way of life, but wickedness ruins a sacrifice for sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Righteousness keeps the one of the perfect way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

King James 2000 Bible
Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

American King James Version
Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

American Standard Version
Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way; But wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Justice keepeth the way of the innocent: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Darby Bible Translation
Righteousness preserveth him that is perfect in the way; but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

English Revised Version
Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Webster's Bible Translation
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

World English Bible
Righteousness guards the way of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Young's Literal Translation
Righteousness keepeth him who is perfect in the way, And wickedness overthroweth a sin offering.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Righteousness keepeth (guardeth) him that is upright in the way; literally, uprightness of way, abstract for concrete, as in the second member, sin for sinner. Those who are good and innocent in the walk of life are preserved from evil, moral and material. Wickedness overthroweth the sinner; literally, sin "Overthroweth," makes to slip. Vulgate, supplantet. The LXX. inverts the clause, "Sin makes the impious worthless (φαύλους)" (see Proverbs 11:3, 5, 6). The verse is omitted in many Greek manuscripts.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way,.... Men of uprightness and integrity, whose hearts are sincere in the ways of God; the principle of grace and righteousness in them keeps them in those ways, and will not suffer them to turn aside into crooked paths; the word of righteousness, the doctrine of the Gospel, is a means of preserving them from sin, and of keeping them in the right way; particularly the doctrine of Christ's righteousness, and justification by it, is a great antidote against sin, and a powerful motive and incentive to the performance of good works, and all the duties of religion: it engages men to observe every command of Christ, to walk in all his ways; and is a great preservative from false doctrine and antichristian worship;

but wickedness overthroweth the sinner; it is the cause of his utter overthrow, of his being punished with everlasting destruction. It is, in the Hebrew text, "sin" (b) itself; the sinner is so called, because he is perfectly wicked, as Jarchi observes; he is nothing but sin, a mere mass of sin and corruption. Aben Ezra renders it, "the man of sin"; and it may be well applied to him, who is emphatically called so, and is likewise the son of perdition; who, for his wickedness, will be overthrown and destroyed at the coming of Christ, and with the brightness of it, 2 Thessalonians 2:3.

(b) "peccatum"; Montanus, Vatablus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "lapsationem", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. A sentiment of frequent recurrence, that piety benefits and sin injures.

Proverbs 13:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
5A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully. 6Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner. 7There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:1
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.

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

Proverbs 11:3
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Proverbs 11:20
The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
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Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

righteousness

Proverbs 11:3,5,6 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness …

Psalm 15:2 He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the …

Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on you.

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

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Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

Proverbs 21:12 The righteous man wisely considers the house of the wicked: but God …

2 Chronicles 28:23 For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he …

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

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