Proverbs 2:21
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New International Version
For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;

New Living Translation
For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.

English Standard Version
For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

New American Standard Bible
For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it;

King James Bible
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the upright will inhabit the land, and those of integrity will remain in it;

International Standard Version
For the upright will live in the land, and people of integrity will remain in it.

NET Bible
For the upright will reside in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

New Heart English Bible
For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the upright dwell in the land and those without blemish are spared in it

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Decent people will live in the land. People of integrity will remain in it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the whole-hearted shall remain in it.

New American Standard 1977
For the upright will live in the land,
            And the blameless will remain in it;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

King James 2000 Bible
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the blameless shall remain in it.

American King James Version
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

American Standard Version
For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they that are upright shall dwell in the earth, and the simple shall continue in it.

Darby Bible Translation
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it;

English Revised Version
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

World English Bible
For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.

Young's Literal Translation
For the upright do inhabit the earth, And the perfect are left in it,
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
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; 22But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:9
For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

Psalm 37:29
The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever.

Proverbs 10:30
The righteous will never be shaken, But the wicked will not dwell in the land.

Proverbs 28:10
He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.
Treasury of Scripture

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: …

Psalm 37:3,9,11,22,29 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and …

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Psalm 112:4-6 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

(21) The upright shall dwell in the land--i.e., of Canaan, according to the old promise made to Abraham, renewed in the fifth commandment, and constantly repeated in the prophets.

Verse 21. - For the upright shall dwell in the land. Much the same language is met with in Psalm 37:29, "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever." It is the secure and peaceful dwelling in the land which is intended (cf. Proverbs 10:30). To dwell in the land was always put forward as the reward of obedience to God's commandments (see Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 25:18; Leviticus 26:5), and the phrase conveyed to the Hebrew mind the idea of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of all temporal blessings. The love of country was a predominant characteristic of the race. Elster, quoted by Zockler, remarks, "The Israelite was beyond the power of natural feeling, which makes home dear to every one, more closely bound to the ancestral soil by the whole form of the theocracy; torn kern it, he was in the inmost roots of life strained and broken. Especially from psalms belonging to the period of the exile this patriotic feeling is breathed out in the fullest glow and intensity." The land (אָרֶצ arets) was the promised land, the land of Canaan. The word is not used here in the wider sense in which it occurs in Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." And the perfect shall remain in it; i.e. they shall not, as Rabbi Levi remarks, be driven thence nor caused to migrate. The perfect (תְמִימִים th'mimim), the holy (LXX., ὅσιοι), the spotless (immaeulati, Targum), those without a staid (qui sine labe, Syriae), the guileless (simplices, Vulgate). Shall remain; יִוָּתְרוּ (yivrath'ru), niph. future of יָתַר (yathar), properly "to be redundant," and in the niph. form, "to be left," or "to remain." LXX., ὑπολειφθήσαντι "shall remain;" permanebunt, Vulgate. For the upright shall dwell in the land,.... Such as are upright in heart, who have a right spirit renewed in them; whose hearts are right with God, have the truth of grace in them; whose faith is unfeigned, their love without dissimulation, and their hope without hypocrisy; and who are upright in their lives and conversations; these being Israelites according to the flesh, as well as Israelites indeed in a spiritual sense, shall dwell in the land of Canaan, which the Lord promised to such, and which good men enjoyed by virtue of it: or the sense is, that such shall dwell peaceably and quietly in the world, and possess the good things of it, though in a small quantity, in such a comfortable manner, with the love of God and a sense of it, as wicked men do not; or else they shall inhabit the world to come, as Jarchi interprets it; not only a future state of happiness in heaven, but the Messiah's kingdom on earth, the new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, 2 Peter 3:13;

and the perfect shall remain in it; or "be left in it" (a); or shall be "strengthened" (b), confirmed, and established in it; or they shall dwell in it as a tent or tabernacle, bound with strong cords; see Isaiah 33:20; or continue there, when others should have no place in it, as follows. By the "perfect" are meant such as have all grace seminally implanted in them, though it is not come up to maturity; who have a perfection of parts, but not of degrees; are properly men in Christ, though they are not arrived to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; are perfectly holy in Christ, though not in themselves; and are perfectly justified by his righteousness, and perfectly comely through his comeliness, though as yet imperfect in themselves; and those that shall dwell in the new heavens and new earth, and remain there a thousand years, shall be entirely perfect in soul and body, wholly without sin; and complete in knowledge, holiness, and peace: the Targum renders it, who are "without spot", undefiled persons; such who are not defiled with women, with the strange woman before mentioned; whose garments are not defiled, and who are free from the pollution of false doctrine, will worship, superstition, and idolatry, Revelation 3:4.

(a) "superstites erunt", Tigurine version, Mercerus; "superstitabunt", Cocceius; "reliqui fient", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "relinquentur", Michaelis. (b) "Nervabuntur", Schultens. 21, 22. (Compare Ps 37:3, 9, 22, 27).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?
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