Proverbs 15:9
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New International Version
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

New Living Translation
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.

English Standard Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

King James Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves the one who pursues righteousness.

International Standard Version
The lifestyle of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but he loves those who ardently pursue righteousness.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

New Heart English Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah despises the way of the evil and he shows mercy to him who practices righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The way of wicked people is disgusting to the LORD, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD; But He loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

New American Standard 1977
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
            But He loves him who pursues righteousness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD, but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

American King James Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

American Standard Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: he that followeth justice is beloved by him.

Darby Bible Translation
The way of a wicked [man] is an abomination to Jehovah; but him that pursueth righteousness he loveth.

English Revised Version
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD; but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

World English Bible
The way of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
An abomination to Jehovah is the way of the wicked, And whoso is pursuing righteousness He loveth.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness. 10Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 6:11
But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

Deuteronomy 7:13
"He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you.

Psalm 139:24
And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

Proverbs 8:13
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.

Proverbs 15:10
Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.

Proverbs 21:21
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

Isaiah 51:1
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.
Treasury of Scripture

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

the way

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 21:4,8 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin…

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

Psalm 146:8,9 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are …

Matthew 7:13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Jeremiah 44:4 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Habakkuk 1:13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: …

he loveth

Proverbs 21:21 He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, …

Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the …

Isaiah 51:1,7 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

Verse 9. - This verse gives the reason for the treatment specified in the preceding verse (comp. Proverbs 11:20; Proverbs 12:22). Followeth after; chaseth, implying effort and perseverance, as in the pursuit of game (Proverbs 11:19; Proverbs 21:21). The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord,.... The way his heart devises, which he chooses and delights in, in which he walks; nor will he leave it, nor can he be diverted from it, but by the powerful grace of God. This is a way not good, but evil, and so an abomination to the Lord; and the whole tenor and course of his life, which is meant by his way being evil: hence his sacrifices, and all his external duties of religion performed by him, are abominable to the Lord; for, while he continues in a course of sin, all his religious exercises will be of no avail, cannot be pleasing and acceptable to God;

but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness; either after a justifying righteousness; not the righteousness of the law, which the carnal Jews followed after, but did not attain unto; nor is righteousness to be had by the works of the law, nor any justification by it, nor can a man be acceptable to God on account of it; but the righteousness of Christ, which he has wrought out, and is revealed in the Gospel: to follow after this supposes a want of one; a sense of that want; a view of the glory, fulness, suitableness, and excellency of Christ's righteousness; an eager desire after it, sometimes expressed by hungering and thirsting after it, as here by a pursuit of it; which means no other than an earnest and importunate request to be found in it: and such, as they shall be satisfied or filled with it, so they are loved by the Lord, and are acceptable to him through the righteousness they are seeking after: or else it may be understood of following after true holiness of heart and life, without which there is no seeing the Lord; and though perfection in it is not attainable in this live, yet a gracious soul presses after it, which is well pleasing in the sight of God. 15:3. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God's eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners. 4. A good tongue is healing to wounded consciences, by comforting them; to sin-sick souls, by convincing them; and it reconciles parties at variance. 5. If instruction is despised, reprove men rather than suffer them to go on undisturbed in the way to ruin. 6. The wealth of worldly men increases their fears and suspicions, adds strength to their passions, and renders the fear of death more distressing. 7. We use knowledge aright when we disperse it; but the heart of the foolish has nothing to disperse that is good. 8,9. The wicked put other things in the stead of Christ's atonement, or in the place of holy obedience. Praying graces are his gift, and the work of his Spirit, with which he is well pleased. 10. He that hates reproof shall perish in his sins, since he would not be parted from them.
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