Proverbs 29:10
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New International Version
The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.

New Living Translation
The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them.

English Standard Version
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.

New American Standard Bible
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.

King James Bible
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.

International Standard Version
Bloodthirsty men hate the innocent person, but the upright show concern for his life.

NET Bible
Bloodthirsty people hate someone with integrity; as for the upright, they seek his life.

New Heart English Bible
The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity; and they seek the life of the upright.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Men that are shedders of blood hate The Pure One and the righteous love him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bloodthirsty people hate an innocent person, but decent people seek [to protect] his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The men of blood hate him that is sincere; And as for the upright, they seek his life.

New American Standard 1977
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless,
            But the upright are concerned for his life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The bloodthirsty hate the perfect, but the just seek his soul.

King James 2000 Bible
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his good.

American King James Version
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

American Standard Version
The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect; And as for the upright, they seek his life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bloodthirsty men hate the upright: but just men seek his soul.

Darby Bible Translation
The bloodthirsty hate the perfect, but the upright care for his soul.

English Revised Version
The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect: and as for the upright, they seek his life.

Webster's Bible Translation
The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

World English Bible
The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity; and they seek the life of the upright.

Young's Literal Translation
Men of blood hate the perfect, And the upright seek his soul.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
9When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. 10Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life. 11A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.…
Cross References
1 John 3:12
Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.

Genesis 4:5
but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.

Psalm 59:2
Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed.

Proverbs 29:9
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Proverbs 29:27
An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

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Genesis 4:5-8 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

1 Samuel 20:31-33 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the ground, you shall not …

1 Samuel 22:11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, …

1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, …

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, …

2 Chronicles 18:7 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, …

Mark 6:18,19,24-27 For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your …

John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

1 John 3:12,13 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And …

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1 Samuel 15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned …

Jeremiah 13:15-17 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken…

Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my …

Jeremiah 40:14-16 And said to him, Do you certainly know that Baalis the king of the …

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that …

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that …

(10) The bloodthirsty hate the upright.--Or, perfect man. "for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness" (2Corinthians 6:14); the life of the perfect man is a continual reproach to them.

But the just (or upright) seek his soul--i.e. care for the life of the perfect; their uprightness shows itself in active help-giving.

Verse 10. - The bloodthirsty hate the upright; him that is perfect, Revised Version; ὅσιον, Septuagint. His life is a tacit reproach to men of blood, robbers, murderers, and such like sinners, as is finely expressed in the Book of Wisdom 2:12, etc. (comp. 2 Corinthians 6:14). But the just seek his soul. The explanation of this hemistich is doubtful. The following interpretations have been offered:

(1) The just seek the soul of the upright to deliver him from death temporal and spiritual (comp. Proverbs 12:6; Psalm 142:4).

(2) The just seek the murderer's life, take vengeance on him (comp. Psalm 63:9, 10).

(3) "As for the just, they (the murderers) attempt his life," where the change of subject, though by no means unparalleled, is awkward (comp. Psalm 37:14). The second explanation makes the righteous the executioners of vengeance on the delinquents, which does not seem to be the idea intended, and there is no confirmation of it in our book. The interpretation first given has against it the fact that the phrase, "to seek the soul," is used of attempts against the life, not of preserving it. But this is not fatal; and the above seems to be the most likely explanation offered, and gives a good antithesis. Men of blood hate a virtuous man, and try to destroy him; the righteous love him, and do their utmost to defend and keep him safe. If this interpretation is rejected, the third explanation is allowable, the casus pendens - "the just, they seek his life" - may be compared with Genesis 26:15; Deuteronomy 2:23. Septuagint, "But the upright will seek (ἐκζητήσουσι) his life." The bloodthirsty hate the upright,.... Cain did Abel; and as the wicked world hate all good men, and persecute them, even unto death;

but the just must seek his soul; either the soul of the bloodthirsty, and that either the good of their souls; seek their spiritual welfare, and pray for it, even though they are so cruel and inhuman: or just magistrates will seek after such persons, to punish them for shedding the blood of the upright. Or else the meaning is, that just persons seek the soul of the upright, and make inquisition for the blood of such, to punish for it; which comes to the same sense, as Aben Ezra observes: or rather, such seek to defend and preserve the soul or life of upright men from those that hate and persecute them. Jarchi illustrates it by 1 Samuel 22:23; the Targum is,

"men that shed blood hate integrity; but the upright seek it.'' 10. bloodthirsty—(Compare Margin), murderers (Ps 5:6; 26:9).

hate, etc.—(Pr 1:11; Ge 3:4).

seek … soul—that is, to preserve it.29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
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