Proverbs 2:9
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New International Version
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path.

New Living Translation
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.

English Standard Version
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;

New American Standard Bible
Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.

King James Bible
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity--every good path.

International Standard Version
Then you will understand what is right, just, and upright—every good path.

NET Bible
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity--every good way.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and uprightness of all excellent ways

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair- every good course [in life].

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment and equity, yea, every good path.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall you understand righteousness, and justice, and equity; yea, every good path.

American King James Version
Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yes, every good path.

American Standard Version
Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, yea , every good path.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shalt thou understand justice, and judgment, and equity, and every good path.

Darby Bible Translation
Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment and equity: every good path.

English Revised Version
Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment, and equity, yea, every good path.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; and every good path.

World English Bible
Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.

Young's Literal Translation
Then understandest thou righteousness, And judgment, and uprightness -- every good path.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Then (אָז, az), repeated from ver. 5, introduces the second apodosis. As the former referred to God, so this appears to refer more especially to man, and thus we have stated the whole benefit, in its twofold aspect, which Wisdom confers on those who diligently seek her. It is not to be affirmed, however, that righteousness and judgment and equity refer exclusively to man; they must represent some aspects of our relationship to God, both from the meaning of the words themselves, and because the law which regulates our dealings and intercourse with man has its seat in the higher law of our relation to God. Righteousness, and judgment, and equity. These three words occur in the same collocation in Proverbs 1:3, which see. Yea, every good path. "Yea" does not occur in the original. The expression is a summarizing of the three previous conceptions, as if the teacher implied that all good paths are embraced by and included in "righteousness, and judgment, and equity;" but the term is also comprehensive in the widest degree. The literal translation is "every path of good" (כְּל־מַעְגֻּל־טוב, cal-ma'gal-tov), i.e. every course of action of which goodness is the characteristic, or, as the Authorized Version, "every good path," the sense in which it was understood by St. Jerome, omnem orbitam bonam. The word here used for "path" is מַעְגַּל (ma'gal), "the way in which the chariot rolls" (Delitzsch), and metaphorically a course of action, as in Proverbs 2:15; Proverbs 4:26.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment,.... This is another fruit and effect of the Gospel, and of a spiritual understanding of it; that besides the knowledge of God, and how to behave with reverence towards him, Proverbs 2:5; it leads men into a notion of doing that which is right and just among men; it gives them not only a theoretic but a practical understanding of justice, and a true judgment of what is right and wrong; or gives such an understanding thereof as that they practise it; for it teaches men to live soberly, righteously, and godly, Titus 2:11. It is not only a revelation and ministration of the righteousness of Christ as the only matter of a sinner's justification before God; and informs a man's judgment so that he can distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, good and bad notions and practices; but it influences his actions, life, and conversation, and engages him to do works of righteousness from the best principles, upon the best motives, and with the best views;

and equity; yea, every good path; that is, so to understand equity, as to do that which is equitable between man and man; and to understand every good path which the word of God directs to, even all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, so as to walk in them; these things the Gospel acquaints men with, and urges them to observe: or the words may be rendered, either "the rectitude" or "equity of fall good paths", as the Syriac version; how just, and right, and plain, and equitable, everyone is, and therefore ought to be walked in; or "plainnesses", or "most plain", is or shall be "every good path" (r), to them that have a spiritual and experimental knowledge of the Gospel; and by it an understanding of their duty. One word signifies "plain" and "straight", and another "round" (s), and both are true of the path of righteousness; for though it is a circle of duty saints walk in, yet straight and plain.

(r) So Schmidt. (s) "complanationes", Schultens; "orbitam", Montanus; "ab rotundus", Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Then—emphatic, in such a case.

righteousness … path—all parts of duty to God and man.

Proverbs 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
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. 10For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:3
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;

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

Proverbs 8:20
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

Proverbs 28:5
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yes, every good path.

Proverbs 1:2-6 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding…

Psalm 25:8,9 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way…

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: …

Psalm 119:99,105 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies …

Psalm 143:8-10 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you …

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Isaiah 48:17 Thus said the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the …

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Matthew 7:13,14 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

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