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.

New Heart English Bible
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The way of man is froward and strange; But as for the pure, his work is right.

New American Standard 1977
The way of a guilty man is crooked,
            But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
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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