Proverbs 19:16
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New International Version
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

New Living Translation
Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

English Standard Version
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.

New American Standard Bible
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.

King James Bible
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who keeps commands preserves himself; one who disregards his ways will die.

International Standard Version
Whoever obeys a commandment keeps himself safe, but someone who is contemptuous in conduct will die.

NET Bible
The one who obeys commandments guards his life; the one who despises his ways will die.

New Heart English Bible
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that keeps the commandment takes care of his soul and he that despises his ways will be killed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever obeys the law preserves his life, [but] whoever despises the LORD's ways will be put to death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; But he that despiseth His ways shall die.

New American Standard 1977
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
            But he who is careless of his ways will die.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul, but he that despises his ways shall die.

King James 2000 Bible
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

American King James Version
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

American Standard Version
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; But he that is careless of his ways shall die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth the commandment, keepeth his own soul: but he that neglecteth his own way, shall die.

Darby Bible Translation
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; he that is careless of his ways shall die.

English Revised Version
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul: but he that is careless of his ways shall die.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

World English Bible
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping the command is keeping his soul, Whoso is despising His ways dieth.
Study Bible
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
15Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger. 16He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die. 17One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.…
Cross References
Luke 10:28
"You have answered correctly," Jesus said. "Do this and you will live."

Luke 11:28
But He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Proverbs 13:13
The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

Proverbs 16:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.
Treasury of Scripture

He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

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Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the …

Psalm 103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments …

Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise …

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will …

Luke 10:28 And he said to him, You have answered right: this do, and you shall live.

John 14:15,21-23 If you love me, keep my commandments…

John 15:10-14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping …

1 John 2:3,4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his …

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

keepeth his

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps …

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the fraudulent: he that does …

Ezekiel 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

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Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the …

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears …

(16) He that despiseth his ways--i.e., takes no heed to them, whether they please God or not.

Shall die.--Physically (comp. Exodus 12:15; 1Corinthians 11:30), spiritually (comp. Luke 1:79); a death to be completed hereafter (Revelation 2:11).

Verse 16. - Keepeth his own soul. Obedience to God's commandments preserves a man's natural and spiritual life (comp. Proverbs 13:13; Proverbs 16:17). So we read in Ecclesiastes 8:5, "Whoso keepeth the commandment (mitsvah, as here) shall feel no evil thing." He that despiseth his ways shall die. He that cares nothing what he does, whether his life pleases God or not, shall perish. Ἀπολεῖται, Septuagint; mortificabitur, Vulgate. The result is understood differently. The Khetib reads, יוּמַת (iumath), "shall be punished with death" according to the penalties enacted in the Mosaic Law. The Keri reads, יָמוּת (iamuth), "shall die," as in Proverbs 15:10; and this seems more in agreement with what we find elsewhere in the book, as in Proverbs 10:21; Proverbs 23:13. This insensate carelessness leads to ruin, whether its punishment be undertaken by outraged law. or whether it be left to the Divine retribution. He that keepeth the commandment,.... Either of parents, as children ought to do; or of masters, as servants should; or of kings and princes, as is the duty of subjects in all things lawful: or rather of God; every command of his, whether of a moral or positive nature, which, though they cannot be perfectly kept, yet should as much as in man lies, in faith, from a principle of love, and to the glory of God: and such a man

keepeth his own soul, or "observes" (s) it; he shows that he has a concern for its welfare and peace; for though peace does not arise from keeping the commandments of God, yet such have great peace of soul who do love and keep the law of God; though there is no reward for, yet there is a reward in keeping the divine commands; though salvation is not hereby, yet blessed are they that do his commands; by which it appears they have a right to enter into the city, into eternal happiness, Psalm 119:165;

but he that despiseth his ways: which are at and proper for him to walk in, as Aben Ezra observes; or who is negligent of his ways, does not care in what ways he walks, or what is the issue of them; he walks in the ways of his own heart, and in the sight of his eyes; has his conversation according to the course of this world; walks with a multitude, with a crowd, to do evil, in the broad road which leads to destruction, and yet is quite careless about it: or that despises the ways of the commandment or word of God, which that directs to; for that is a lamp and a light, which men would do well to take heed to, as it shows them the ways in which they should walk; but these they neglect and contemn: or he that despises the ways of God, the ways he himself takes in the salvation of men, all whose ways are mercy and truth; that despises the ways of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation by Jesus Christ: he

shall die; he is dead in sins already, and he shall die the second death, that neglects and despises so great salvation, and all the ways of the Lord, Hebrews 2:3. There is a "Keri", or marginal reading, which we follow; but the "Cetib", or written text, is, "he shall be killed", or put to death; and so the Syriac version; immediately, by the hand of heaven, by the Lord himself, before his time; or by the judges and civil magistrates; his sins being openly known, as Aben Ezra.

(s) "observat". 16. (Compare Pr 10:17; 13:13).

despiseth … ways—opposed to keeping or observing, neglects (Pr 16:17) (as unworthy of regard) his moral conduct.19:14. A discreet and virtuous wife is more valuable than house and riches. 15. A sluggish, slothful disposition makes men poor; it brings them to want. And this applies both to the present life and that which is to come. 16. If we keep God's word, God's word will keep us from every thing really hurtful. We abuse the doctrine of free grace, if we think that it does away the necessity and advantage of obedience. Those that live at random must die. This truth is clearly taught in words enough to alarm the stoutest sinner. 17. God has chosen the poor of this world, to be rich in faith, and heirs of his kingdom. 18. When parents keep under foolish tenderness, they do their best to render children a comfort to them, and happy in themselves.
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