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.

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.

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - He that followeth after righteousness and mercy. "Righteousness" (tsedakah), in the first hemistich, signifies the virtue which renders to all, God and man, their due, which is the characteristic of the righteous man (see on Proverbs 15:9). "Mercy" (chesed) is the conduct towards others, animated by love and sympathy (see note on Proverbs 3:3). Findeth life, righteoushess, and honor. "Righteousness" here is the gift of God to his faithful servants, grace to live a holy life. This becomes habit, and forms the righteous character (Job 29:14; Job 33:26). "Life" is a long and prosperous life in the world (Proverbs 3:16); "honour" is respect and reverence among fellow men, and glory in another world. "Whom he justified, them he also glorified" (Romans 8:80). "Life and honour" stand together in Proverbs 22:4. "The fear of the Lord," says Siracides, "is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing... maketh a merry heart... and giveth long life "(Ecclus. 1:11, etc.). The LXX. omits the second "righteousness" by mistake: "The way of righteousness and mercy will find life and glory" (Matthew 6:33).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy,.... Is eager, diligent, and fervent in his pursuit of these things: "after righteousness"; not a legal righteousness, such as the Jews followed after, but did not attain to; because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law, Romans 9:31; by which there is no righteousness or justification before God; but an evangelical righteousness, the righteousness of Christ; see Isaiah 51:1. To follow after it is to seek, desire, and thirst after it, Matthew 5:6; which supposes a want of righteousness, a sense of that want; a view of a righteousness without them, even in Christ; a love and liking of it, and therefore follow after it; it being pure, perfect, agreeably to the law and justice of God, which justifies now, and will answer for them in a time to come. And such follow after "mercy" or "grace" (g); seeing themselves miserable by sin, and having no merit of their own, apply to God for pardoning grace and mercy; and seek for righteousness in a way of grace, as a free gift; and for the whole of salvation in the same way, as well as for all grace and fresh supplies of it: it may be understood, in consequence of the former, of a diligent and eager performance of works of righteousness and mercy, and an earnest desire after both. And such a man

findeth life, righteousness, and honour; which is more than he is said to follow after: "life" spiritual, which he has from Christ by his Spirit, and which is owing to the grace and mercy of God; and eternal life, through the righteousness of Christ, in whom it is only to be found, and from whom all the blessings of life come; who has it in his hands to give, and does give it to all his people: "righteousness" also he finds, not in himself, nor by the works of the law, but in Christ; being directed to him by the Spirit and word of God; and an excellent finding this is; a robe of righteousness, which he lays hold upon, puts on, and rejoices in: and likewise "honour", through relation to God and Christ; through grace received from them; by enjoying the presence of them, and being made a king and priest to God; and hereafter will be placed at Christ's right hand, inherit the kingdom of glory, sit on the same throne with Christ, and wear the crown of life and righteousness.

(g) "gratiam", Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. He who tries to act justly and kindly (Ps 34:14) will prosper and obtain justice and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Proverbs 3:22
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

Proverbs 15:9
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
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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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