Proverbs 21:21
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New International Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

New Living Translation
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

English Standard Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

New American Standard Bible
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

King James Bible
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

International Standard Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and gracious love finds life, righteousness, and honor.

NET Bible
The one who pursues righteousness and love finds life, bounty, and honor.

New Heart English Bible
He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that seeks righteousness and grace finds life, righteousness and glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever pursues righteousness and mercy will find life, righteousness, and honor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy Findeth life, prosperity, and honour.

New American Standard 1977
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty
            Finds life, righteousness and honor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that follows after righteousness and mercy shall find life, righteousness, and honour.

King James 2000 Bible
He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

American King James Version
He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

American Standard Version
He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that followeth justice and mercy, shall find life, justice, and glory.

Darby Bible Translation
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

English Revised Version
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

World English Bible
He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is pursuing righteousness and kindness, Findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Study Bible
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up. 21He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. 22A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Proverbs 3:22
So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

Proverbs 15:9
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
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He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

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Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves …

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: …

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

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Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

Romans 2:7-10 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

2 Timothy 4:7,8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

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