Proverbs 2:8
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New International Version
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

New Living Translation
He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.

English Standard Version
guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

New American Standard Bible
Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

King James Bible
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.

International Standard Version
guarding the paths of the just and protecting the way of his faithful ones.

NET Bible
to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones.

New Heart English Bible
that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his holy ones.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he keeps the ways of justice; the ways of his pure ones he will preserve.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
in order to guard those on paths of justice and to watch over the way of his godly ones.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That He may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of His godly ones.

New American Standard 1977
Guarding the paths of justice,
            And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
keeping the paths of judgment and the way of his merciful ones.

King James 2000 Bible
He keeps the paths of justice, and preserves the way of his saints.

American King James Version
He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

American Standard Version
That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keeping the paths of justice, and guarding the ways of saints.

Darby Bible Translation
guarding the paths of just judgment and keeping the way of his godly ones.

English Revised Version
That he may guard the paths of judgment, and preserve the way of his saints.

Webster's Bible Translation
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

World English Bible
that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his saints.

Young's Literal Translation
To keep the paths of judgment, And the way of His saints He preserveth.
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. 9Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
"He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail.

Psalm 66:9
Who keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to slip.

Psalm 97:10
Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

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Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for …

Psalm 121:5-8 The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand…

Isaiah 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, …

Isaiah 49:9,10 That you may say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in …

John 10:28,29 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

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Proverbs 3:21-24 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion…

Deuteronomy 33:3,26-29 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they …

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Psalm 37:23,24,28,31 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way…

Psalm 66:9 Which holds our soul in life, and suffers not our feet to be moved.

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserves all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Jeremiah 32:40,41 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

(8) He keepeth the paths of judgment--i.e., protects those who walk in them.

His saints.--Or rather, His ardent worshippers (chasdm), a term used in the Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 33:8) of the tribe of Levi, for their zeal in God's service (Exodus 32), and of very frequent occurrence in the Psalter. The word "saint" rather implies dedication to God, as Israel was a "holy nation (Exodus 19:6) to God, and Christians (Philippians 1:1) are now in the same position. The term ch?sd, at the time of the Maccabees, was assumed by such "as were voluntarily devoted to the law" (1 Maccabees 2:42), in opposition to those who favoured the Greek religion and culture.

Verse 8. - He keepeth the paths of judgment. This verse is explanatory of the latter hemistich of ver. 7, and points out more fully in what way God is a Protector of his saints. Some connect the Hebrew infinitive לִנְצור (lin'tsor), "to watch or keep," with "them that walk uprightly," and translate, "them that walk uprightly by keeping the paths of judgment;" but this is to transfer the idea of protection from God to such persons. The verb signifies specially "to defend, to preserve from danger," as in Proverbs 22:12, "The eyes of the Lind preserve knowledge; i.e. defend or protect it from danger." It is God who "keepeth the paths of judgment," as he alone has the power to do so. He watches over all that walk therein, guides, superin. tends, and protects them. The paths of judgment; or rather, justice, ךארְהות מִשְׁפָט (at'khoth mishpat). The abstract is here used for the concrete, and the phrase means "the paths of the just," i.e. the paths in which the just walk, or "those who walk justly" (Mercerus). This expression corresponds with "the way of his saints," just as "keep" and "preserve" are synonymous verbs, both meaning "to guard, keep safe, or protect." He preserveth the way of his saints. God does this

(1) by his preventing grace, as in Psalm 66:9, "He suffereth not our feet to slip." Cf. Hannah's song, "He will keep the feet of his saints" (1 Samuel 2:9);

(2) by angelic agency, as in Psalm 91:11, "He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways." The saints are ever under the watchful care and mighty protection of Jehovah. His saints (חֲסִידָו khasidav); i.e. the pious towards God, the godly, those in whose hearts the principles of sanctity have been implanted, and who cherish earnest inward love to God, and "walk righteously" and "speak uprightly" (Isaiah 33:15). It is remarkable that the word saints only occurs once (in this passage) in the Proverbs. During the period of the Maccabaean Wars, a party or sect, which aimed at ceremonial purity, claimed for themselves the title of Chasidim or Asidaeans (Ἀσιδαῖοι), as expressive of their piety or devotion. They are those whom Moses called "men of holiness," Exodus 22:31 (ואֲנְשֵׁיאּקֹדֶשׁ, v'an'shev-kodesh); cf. Psalm 89:5; Psalm 149:1; Psalm 89:8; Deuteronomy 33:3; Daniel 7:18, 22, 22, 25. Under the Christian dispensation, the saints are those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 John 5:1), and who are holy in all manner of conversation (1 Peter 1:25; 1 Macc. 2:42 1 Macc. 7:13; 2 Macc. 14:6); see Bishop Lightfoot, 'Colossians and Philemon,' diss. 2, p. 355. He keepeth the paths of judgment,.... That is, the Lord keeps them; he does that which is just and right himself, in the course of his providence, and in the methods of his grace; and as he guides the feet of his people in the ways of righteousness and holiness, he keeps them there from turning out of them. The words may be rendered, "to keep the paths of judgment" (q); and so expresses the end, fruit, and effect of the Lord's being a buckler to them, as he is said to be in Proverbs 2:7, he is their shield and protection, so as either to keep them in the right ways in which they should go; or that they might studiously observe them, and keep walking therein, without stumbling in them, or declining from them;

and preserveth the way of his saints; to whom he has been kind and bountiful; or who have been merciful, liberal, and generous to others; who having partook of the grace of God themselves, are useful to men: the Targum calls them "righteous ones". These the Lord preserves by his power and grace, in the way in which he has led them, and which is his own way, safe to his kingdom and glory: for none of his saints, his holy and righteous ones, shall ever perish; the way in which he directs them, and in which he keeps them, leads to everlasting life; see 1 Samuel 2:9.

(q) "ad custodiendum", Pagninus, Montanus; "ad servandum", Baynus, Schultens. 8. keepeth … way—God defends the right way, and those in it.

saints—objects of favor (compare Ps 4:3, etc.). He guides and guards them.2:1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, Joh 6:27. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.
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