Proverbs 2:13
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New International Version
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

New Living Translation
These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths.

English Standard Version
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

New American Standard Bible
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;

King James Bible
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
from those who abandon the right paths to walk in ways of darkness,

International Standard Version
and from those who abandon the right path to travel along the ways of darkness;

NET Bible
who leave the upright paths to walk on the dark ways,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who leave the upright way and they walk in the way of darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
from those who abandon the paths of righteousness to walk the ways of darkness,

Jubilee Bible 2000
who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

King James 2000 Bible
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

American King James Version
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

American Standard Version
Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who leave the right way, and walk by dark ways:

Darby Bible Translation
[from those] who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

English Revised Version
Who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

World English Bible
who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Young's Literal Translation
Who are forsaking paths of uprightness, To walk in ways of darkness,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion over us, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart, and will preserve, both against corruptions within and temptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness, uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave the plain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in such ways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and in seeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company. True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshly lusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and war against the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow of every serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to look upon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled in such fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings. Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlasting torments which follow them. It is very rare that any who are caught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so much is the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by the deceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besides the literal sense, is to be understood as a caution against idolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking any forbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well as the wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. To the wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to the righteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is it all one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseries of their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shall crown believers?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Who leave the paths of uprightness. Between vers. 13 and 15 the teacher proceeds to give a more detailed description of those who speak perversely. Who leave (הַעֹזְבִים haoz'vim); literally, forsaking, but the present participle has the force of the preterite, as appears from the context. The men alluded to have already forsaken or deserted the paths of uprightness (see previous note on the word "man." The paths of uprightness (אָרְחות יֹשֶׁר ar'khoth yosher); the same as the "right paths" of ch. 4:11. The strict meaning of the Hebrew word translated "uprightness" is "straightness," and hence it stands opposed to "perverseness" in the previous verse. Uprightness is integrity, rectitude, honest dealing. The LXX. translators represent the forsaking of the paths of uprightness as a consequence resulting from walking in the ways of darkness, "O ye who have left the right ways by departing [τοῦ πορεύεσβαι, equivalent to abeundo] into the ways of darkness." Again, the ways of darkness (דַרְכֵי חשֶׁך, dar'chey kkoshek) are opposed to the "paths of uprightness" which rejoice in the light. Darkness includes the two ideas of

(1) ignorance and error (Isaiah 9:2; Ephesians 5:8), and

(2) evil deeds.

To walk in the ways of darkness, then, is to persist in a course of wilful ignorance, to reject deliberately the light of knowledge, and to work wickedness, by performing "the works of darkness (τὰ ἔργα τοῦ σκύτους)," which St. Paul exhorted the Church at Rome to east away (Romans 13:12), and by having fellowship with "the unfruitful works of darkness (τὰ ἔργα τὰ ἀκάρπα τοῦ σκότους)," against which the same apostle warned the Ephesians (Ephesians 5:11). They are ways of darkness, because they endeavour to hide themselves from God (Isaiah 29:15) and from man (Job 24:15; Job 38:13, 15). In their tendency and end they lead to the blackness of darkness forever. In Scripture darkness is associated with evil, just as light is with uprightness (see John 3:19, 20). The same association of ideas is discoverable in the dualism of the Persian system, as formulated by Zoroaster - Ormuzd, the good principle, presides over the kingdom of light, while Ahriman, the principle of evil, is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who leave the paths of uprightness,.... Or "righteousness", or the "right and plain ways" (u); which the light of nature and the law of God, and especially the Gospel of Christ, direct to; and in which they have been trained up, having had a religious education; for it supposes them to have been externally in these ways, since they are said to leave them; for though persons do not easily and ordinarily leave the ways they have been brought up in, yet sometimes they do; and there are instances of it, and such generally are the worst of men;

to walk in the ways of darkness: sin, ignorance, and infidelity; in which they that walk know not where they are, nor whither they are a going, and which must be very uncomfortable as well as dangerous; in which only works of darkness are done, and which lead to blackness of darkness, the darkness of hell; a miserable choice, a sad change this! So Schultens renders it, "ways of horrid darkness".

(u) "semitas rectas", Mercerus; "itinera recta", Piscator; "itinera planissima", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. paths of uprightness—or, "plainness."

walk—habitually act;

Proverbs 2:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
12To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things; 13From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; 14Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;…
Cross References
John 3:19
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

John 3:20
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

Psalm 82:5
"The 'gods' know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Proverbs 4:19
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

Proverbs 21:16
Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.
Treasury of Scripture

Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

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Proverbs 21:16 The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain …

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there …

Ezekiel 18:26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, and commits …

Ezekiel 33:12,13 Therefore, you son of man, say to the children of your people…

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have …

Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry …

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is …

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

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

Job 24:13-16 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the …

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

1 Thessalonians 5:5-7 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we …

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

John 2:9-11 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, …

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