Proverbs 20:7
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New International Version
The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

New Living Translation
The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.

English Standard Version
The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

New American Standard Bible
A righteous man who walks in his integrity-- How blessed are his sons after him.

King James Bible
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.

International Standard Version
The righteous person lives a life of integrity; happy are his children who follow him!

NET Bible
The righteous person behaves in integrity; blessed are his children after him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed after him are the children of the righteous one who walks in integrity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The just man who walks in his integrity, blessed shall be his sons after him.

King James 2000 Bible
The just man walks in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

American King James Version
The just man walks in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

American Standard Version
A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The just that walketh in his simplicity, shall leave behind him blessed children.

Darby Bible Translation
The righteous walketh in his integrity: blessed are his children after him!

English Revised Version
A just man that walketh in his integrity, blessed are his children after him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

World English Bible
A righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him.

Young's Literal Translation
The righteous is walking habitually in his integrity, O the happiness of his sons after him!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - The just man walketh in his integrity. It is better to connect the two clauses together, and not to take the first as a separate sentence, thus: "He who as a just man walketh in his integrity" - Blessed are his children after him (comp. Proverbs 14:26). So the Septuagint and Vulgate. The man of pure life, who religiously performs his duty towards God and man, shall bring a blessing on his children who follow his good example, both during his life and after his death. The temporal promise is seen in Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 4:40; Psalm 112:2, etc. Some see here an instance of utilitarianism; but it cannot be supposed that the writer inculcates virtue for the sake of the worldly advantages connected with it; rather he speaks from experience, and from a faithful dependence on Providence, of the happy results of a holy life.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The just man walketh in his integrity,.... This is the faithful and upright man, who is made righteous by the obedience of Christ; and walks by faith in him, and according to the truth of the Gospel;

his children are blessed after him; with temporal blessings; and, walking in the same integrity as he does, they are blessed with spiritual blessings here, and eternal blessedness hereafter; see Psalm 37:26. It is an observation of an Heathen poet (c), that good things befall the children of the godly, but not the children of the ungodly.

(c) Theoerit. Idyll. 27. v. 32.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. The conduct of good men proclaims their sound principles. God's covenant and their good example secure blessing to their children (Pr 4:26; Ps 112:1, 2).

Proverbs 20:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
6Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man? 7A righteous man who walks in his integrity-- How blessed are his sons after him. 8A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.…
Cross References
Psalm 26:1
Of David. Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered.

Psalm 37:26
They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.

Psalm 112:2
Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Proverbs 19:1
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
Treasury of Scripture

The just man walks in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

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Proverbs 14:2 He that walks in his uprightness fears the LORD: but he that is perverse …

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse …

Psalm 15:2 He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the …

Psalm 26:1,11 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises …

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

3 John 1:3,4 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brothers came and testified of the …

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Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and …

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed …

Psalm 37:26 He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed.

Psalm 112:2 His seed shall be mighty on earth: the generation of the upright …

Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me …

Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that …

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