Proverbs 14:12
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New International Version
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

New Living Translation
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

English Standard Version
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

New American Standard Bible
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

King James Bible
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

International Standard Version
There is a pathway that seems right to a man, but in the end it's a road to death.

NET Bible
There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There is a way that men think is right, and its ways are the ways of death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There is a way that seems right to a person, but eventually it ends in death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

King James 2000 Bible
There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

American King James Version
There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

American Standard Version
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is a way which seemeth just to a man: but the ends thereof lead to death.

Darby Bible Translation
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death.

English Revised Version
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is a way which seemeth right to a man, but the end of it are the ways of death.

World English Bible
There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Young's Literal Translation
There is a way -- right before a man, And its latter end are ways of death.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - This verse occurs again in Proverbs 16:25. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man. This may refer to the blinding effects of passion and self-will; for these make a man think his own way best and most desirable. But it seems better to take it as a warning against following a perverted or uninstructed conscience. Conscience needs to be informed by God's Word and ruled by God's will to make it a safe guide. When properly regulated, it is able to pronounce a verdict upon contemplated action, and its verdict must always he obeyed. But warped by prejudice, weakened by disuse and disobedience, judicially blinded in punishment and in consequence of sin, it loses all power of moral judgment, and becomes inoperative of good; and then, as to the way that seemed at the moment right, the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 5:5). The man is following a false light, and is led astray, and goes headlong to destruction (comp. Romans 1:28; 1 Timothy 4:2; see on ver. 13). St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 5:12) has some words on this subject: "There are times when we are ignorant whether the very things which we believe we do aright, are rightly done in the strict Judge's eye. For it often happens that an action of ours, which is cause for our condemnation, passes with us for the aggrandizement of virtue. Often by the same act whereby we think to appease the Judge, he is urged to anger when favourable Hence, while holy men are getting the mastery over their evil habits, their very good practices even become an object of dread to them, lest, when they desire to do a good action, they be decoyed by a semblance of the thing, lest the baleful canker of corruption lurk under the fair appearance of a goodly colour. For they know that they are still charged with the burden of corruption, and cannot exactly discern the things that be good" (Oxford transl.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,.... As the way of sin and wickedness does, it promising much carnal pleasure and mirth; there is a great deal of company in it, it is a broad road, and is pleasant, and seems right, but it leads to destruction; so the way of the hypocrite and Pharisee that trusts to his own righteousness, and despises others, and even the righteousness of Christ; or however does not submit to it, but tramples upon him, and counts the blood of the covenant an unholy thing, and so is deserving of sorer punishment than the profane sinner; yet on account of his good works, as he calls them, fancies himself to be in a fair way for heaven and happiness; so Popery, through the pomp and grandeur and gaudiness of worship, through the lying miracles of the priests, and the air of devotion that appears in them, seems to be a right way;

but the end thereof are the ways of death; which lead unto eternal death; for that is the wages of sin, let it appear in what shape it will.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. end thereof—or, "reward," what results (compare Pr 5:4).

ways of death—leading to it.

Proverbs 14:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
11The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish. 12There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 13Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.…
Cross References
Romans 6:21
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!

Proverbs 12:15
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
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