Proverbs 21:8
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New International Version
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

New Living Translation
The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road.

English Standard Version
The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is upright.

New American Standard Bible
The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.

King James Bible
The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A guilty man's conduct is crooked, but the behavior of the innocent is upright.

International Standard Version
The conduct of a guilty man is perverse, but the behavior of the pure is upright.

NET Bible
The way of the guilty person is devious, but as for the pure, his way is upright.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that perverts his way is a strange man, and the works of the pure one are right.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The way of a guilty person is crooked, but the behavior of those who are pure is moral.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the perverse man is crooked and strange, but as for the pure, his work is right.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of man is perverse and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

American King James Version
The way of man is fraudulent and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

American Standard Version
The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The perverse way of a man is strange: but as for him that is pure, his work is right.

Darby Bible Translation
Very crooked is the way of a guilty man; but as for the pure, his work is upright.

English Revised Version
The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked: but as for the pure, his work is right.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

World English Bible
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

Young's Literal Translation
Froward is the way of a man who is vile, And the pure -- upright is his work.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every heart as he sees fit, like the husbandman who turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own heart, and the hearts of others, directed in his faith, fear, and love. 2. We are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. 3. Many deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will excuse unrighteousness. 4. Sin is the pride, the ambition, the glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. 5. The really diligent employ foresight as well as labour. 6. While men seek wealth by unlawful practices, they seek death. 7. Injustice will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for ever. 8. The way of mankind by nature is froward and strange.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The way of man is froward and strange; Vulgate, Perversa via viri, aliens est. Both this and the Authorized Version miss the antithesis between the guilty and the pure man, which is intended. In וזר, translated "and strange" (which seems to mean "alien from what is right"), the vav is not the copulative, but part of the word, which is an adjective signifying "laden with guilt;" so that the clause ought to be rendered, "Crooked is the way of a guilty man" (see note on Proverbs 2:15, where, however, the word is different, though the idea is analogous). An evil man's way of life is not open and straightforward, simple and uniform, but stealthy, crooked, perverse, whither his evil inclinations lead him. Septuagint, "To the crooked (σκολιοὺς) God sendeth crooked ways;" which recalls Psalm 18:26, "With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward." God allows the wicked to punish themselves by falling into mischief. As for the pure, his work is right; or, straight (Proverbs 20:11). The pure in heart will be right in action; he follows his conscience and God's law, and goes direct on his course without turning or hesitation. The LXX. refers the clause to God: "for pure and right are his ways."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The way of man is froward and strange,.... Not the way of any and every man; not the way of righteous and good men, of believers in Christ; who know him, the way, and walk in him and after him, and being led by him; who have his spirit to be their guide, and do walk in his ways, and find pleasure in them; the way of such is not froward or perverse, but upright and even, and is not strange, for the Lord knows and approves of it: but the way of wicked and impure men, as may be learned from the opposition in the next clause; the way of unregenerate men, who are gone out of the good way, and turned to their own way, which is according to the course of the world, and after the prince of it, and according to the flesh, and dictates of corrupt nature, which is the common and broad road that leads to destruction. This is a "froward" or perverse way, a way contrary to reason and truth; contrary to the word of God, and the directions of it; it is a crooked distorted path; it is not according to rule; it is a deviation from the way of God's commandment, and is a "strange" one; the Scriptures know nothing of it, and do not point and direct unto it; it estranges a man from God, and carries him further and further off from him. It may be rendered, "perverse is the way of a man, even of a stranger" (t); of one that is a stranger to God and godliness; to Christ and his Gospel; to the Spirit, and the operations of his grace on the heart; to his own heart, and his state and condition by nature; and to all good men, and all that is good;

but as for the pure, his work is right. God is pure, purity itself, in comparison of whom nothing is pure; and his work in creation, providence, and grace, is right; there is no unrighteousness in him; and this sense is favoured by the Septuagint and Arabic versions: or rather every good man, who, through the pure righteousness of Christ imputed to him, and through his precious blood being sprinkled on him, or rather through being washed in it, and through the grace of God bestowed on him, is pure, wholly cleansed from sin; has a pure heart, speaks a pure language, and holds the mystery of faith in a pure conscience or conversation: and his work, or the work of God upon him, is right and good; or his work of faith, which he exercises on God, is hearty and genuine: and even his works, as the Targum, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, have it in the plural number; all his good works are right; being done from love, in faith, in the name and strength of Christ, and to the glory of God.

(t) "et alieni", Pagninus, Montanus; "et extranei", Vatablus; so Jarchi, Kimchi, and Ben Melech.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. of man—any one; his way is opposed to truth, and also estranged from it. The pure proves himself such by his right conduct.

Proverbs 21:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
7The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they refuse to act with justice. 8The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright. 9It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:15
whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.

Proverbs 21:9
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Treasury of Scripture

The way of man is fraudulent and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

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Genesis 6:5,6,12 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Psalm 14:2,3 The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if …

Ecclesiastes 7:29 See, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they …

Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that …

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

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Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is …

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked …

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree …

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to …

1 Peter 1:22,23 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does …

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

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