Proverbs 16:17
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New International Version
The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.

New Living Translation
The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.

English Standard Version
The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

New American Standard Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.

King James Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life.

International Standard Version
The road of the upright circumvents evil, and whoever watches how he lives preserves his life.

NET Bible
The highway of the upright is to turn away from evil; the one who guards his way safeguards his life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The path of the upright turns from evil and he that pays attention to his soul keeps his way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The highway of decent people turns away from evil. Whoever watches his way preserves his own life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The highway of the upright is to separate himself from evil; he that keeps his way preserves his soul.

King James 2000 Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.

American King James Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.

American Standard Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The path of the just departeth from evils: he that keepeth his soul keepeth his way.

Darby Bible Translation
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that taketh heed to his way keepeth his soul.

English Revised Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

World English Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

Young's Literal Translation
A highway of the upright is, 'Turn from evil,' Whoso is preserving his soul is watching his way.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. To avoid the dangerous byways to which evil leads, one must walk straight in the path of duty (comp. Proverbs 15:19). Septuagint, "The paths of life decline from evil;" and this version adds some paragraphs in illustration, which are not in the Hebrew: "And the ways of righteousness are length of life. He who receiveth instruction will be among the good [or, 'in prosperity,' ἐν ἀγαθοῖς], and he who observeth reproof shall become wise." He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. He who continues in the right way, and looks carefully to his goings, will save himself from ruin and death (Proverbs 13:3). Septuagint, "He who watcheth his own ways keepeth his life." And then is added another maxim, "He that loveth his life will spare his mouth."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil,.... Upright persons, such who are upright in heart, and walk uprightly; these walk in the highway of holiness, in which men, though fools, shall not err; in the King's highway, the highway of the King of kings; in the plain beaten path of God's commandments; and so shun the bypaths of sin, and abstain from all appearance of it: this is their common constant course of life; they are studiously concerned to walk herein, and take delight in so doing; whereby they escape many evils others fall into;

he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul, that keeps on in his way, the way in which the upright walk; whose eyes look right on, and his eyelids straight before him; who ponders the path of his feet, and turns neither to the right hand nor the left; who walks circumspectly and carefully; observes the road he is in, to keep in it, and not go out of it; such a man preserves his soul from many snares and temptations, troubles, dangers, and evils, which he would be otherwise liable to. Here the Masorites put the word signifying that this is the half or middle of the book.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. The highway—A common, plain road represents the habitual course of the righteous in departing from evil.

keepeth—observes.

Proverbs 16:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
16How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. 17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life. 18Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:16
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

Isaiah 35:8
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 4:24-27 Put away from you a fraudulent mouth, and perverse lips put far from you…

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

Titus 2:10-14 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn …

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Proverbs 10:9 He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways …

Proverbs 19:16 He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises …

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that …

Jude 1:21,24 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our …

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you …

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