Proverbs 2:20
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New International Version
Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

New Living Translation
Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous.

English Standard Version
So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.

King James Bible
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So follow the way of good people, and keep to the paths of the righteous.

International Standard Version
This is how you will walk in the way of good men and will keep to the paths of the righteous.

NET Bible
So you will walk in the way of good people, and will keep on the paths of the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Walk therefore in the way of the good and keep the way of the righteous ones

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So walk in the way of good people and stay on the paths of righteous people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That thou may walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

American King James Version
That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

American Standard Version
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of the just.

Darby Bible Translation
that thou mayest walk in the way of the good, And keep the paths of the righteous.

English Revised Version
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

World English Bible
that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
That thou dost go in the way of the good, And the paths of the righteous dost keep.
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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

Verses 20-22. - Conclusion of the discourse in which are antithetically stated the respective destinies of the good and the bad, the upright and the wicked. Verse 20. - That (Hebrew, לְמַעַן l'maan); in order that (Vulgate, ut), carries us back properly to ver. 11. The protecting power of wisdom is developed in a positive direction. Negatively, it delivers from the evil man and from the strange woman, but it does more - "it shall keep thee in order that thou mayest walk in a good way," etc. The Hebrew לְמַעַן (l'maan) is coordinate with "to deliver thee," but it serves to bring the discourse to a conclusion. Umbreit renders it "therefore," thus making what follows an inference from the preceding discourse. So the Syriac, ambula igitur, "therefore walk." In the way of good men (בְּדֶרֶך טובִים, b'derek tovim); i.e. in the way of the good, in an ethical sense, i.e. the upright, as in Isaiah 5:20. The Vulgate renders, in via bona, "in the good way." "The way of good men" is the way of God's commandments, the way of obedience. Keep. The Hebrew verb שָׁמַר (shamar) is here used in the sense of "to observe," "to attend to," but in a different sense from Psalm 17:4, "I have observed the ways of the violent man," i.e. that I might avoid them. To keep the paths of the righteous is to carefully attend to the life of obedience which they follow. The LXX. closely connects this verse with the preceding, and renders, "For if they had walked in good ways, they would have found the paths of righteousness light."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That thou mayest walk in the way of good men,.... Who are not so by nature, but made so by the grace of God; such as the saints, prophets, and patriarchs of old; and who walked in the way of righteousness, holiness, and truth; being directed therein by the Spirit and word of God: now the use and profit of wisdom's instructions, or of the Gospel of Christ, and the doctrines of it, and a spiritual understanding of them, are not only to deliver men from the wicked man and the naughty woman, but also to influence and engage them to follow the examples of good men, and to walk in the same good old paths as they have done, Hebrews 6:12;

and keep the paths of the righteous; not only observe them and walk in them, but continue therein, even in the paths of faith and holiness; for righteous men, such as are made righteous by the righteousness of Christ, and are anew created unto righteousness and true holiness, and in consequence thereof live righteously; these walk by faith on Christ, and as becomes his Gospel; and in all the ordinances of it, and in all the duties of religion; and the Gospel teaches all those that receive and profess it to do the same.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. That … way of good—that is, Such is the object of these warnings.

Proverbs 2:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
19None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life. 20So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous. 21For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it;…
Cross References
Hebrews 6:12
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Proverbs 13:20
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Treasury of Scripture

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3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

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