Proverbs 4:12
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New International Version
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

New Living Translation
When you walk, you won't be held back; when you run, you won't stumble.

English Standard Version
When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.

New American Standard Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

King James Bible
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.

International Standard Version
When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

NET Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

New Heart English Bible
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when you walk, your walking will not quake, and if you run, you will not stumble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you walk, your stride will not be hampered. Even if you run, you will not stumble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When thou goest, thy step shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

New American Standard 1977
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded;
            And if you run, you will not stumble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When thou goest in these paths, thy steps shall not be hindered; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

King James 2000 Bible
When you go, your steps shall not be hindered; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

American King James Version
When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

American Standard Version
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

English Revised Version
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

World English Bible
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

Young's Literal Translation
In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
11I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. 12When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. 13Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:37
"You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

Job 18:7
"His vigorous stride is shortened, And his own scheme brings him down.

Psalm 18:36
You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 119:45
And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.

Proverbs 3:23
Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.
Treasury of Scripture

When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

thou goest

Proverbs 6:22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; …

2 Samuel 22:37 You have enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.

Job 18:7,8 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel …

Psalm 18:36 You have enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

thou shalt

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 3:23 Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.

Psalm 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways…

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them.

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

John 4:39-42 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying …

she

Proverbs 3:22 So shall they be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which …

1 John 2:10,11 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion …

Verse 12. - In this verse the father depicts the benefits and advantages which shall follow from "receiving his words" (ver. 10), i.e. from attending to his counsels and imbibing the principles of wisdom. The whole course of life shall be freed from obstacles or impediments, from anxiety, perplexity, or difficulty, or from vacillation. When thou goest may refer to the daily walk, to the common and ordinary events or circumstances incidental to life, just as the corresponding when thou runnest may refer to cases of emergency when promptness and decisive action are called for. In both cases Wisdom, by inspiring unity of principle, gives freedom of movement; in ordinary cases it removes embarrassment and perplexity arising from conflicting interests drawing now in one direction, now in another, and in extraordinary cases it supplies a rule of conduct which prevents our falling into mistakes and errors. Or the verse may refer to the prosperity which shall attend all the undertakings of those who are in Wisdom's ways, whether they advance slowly or rush forward with the impetuosity of youth, whether they act with deliberation or with haste. Shall not be straitened (lo-yetsar); i.e. shall not be narrowed or confined; Vulgate, non arctabuntur; LXX., οὑ συγκλεισθήσεται, The future yetsar only occurs four times in the Scriptures - here, and Job 18:7; Job 20:22; Isaiah 49:19. It is usually derived from the root yatsar, which, however, is not found, cognate with tsur, "to straiten," "to be narrow." Yetsar, however, always occurs in the passive sense, though an active signification is given it by the Rabbi Nathan ben Jechiel, quoted by Delitzsch, in loc., who renders, "Thou shall not need to bind together, or hedge up thy way." The roots yatsar and tsur partake more or less of the idea of binding up, oppressing, putting into narrow and confined circumstances and limits. By the expression that "the steps are straitened" we may understand, therefore, that there is a want of freedom for their movements, and consequently that they are impeded or cramped. The Arabic expression. "to contract the feet," signifies the diminishing of good fortune. Compare the similar expression in Job 18:7, "The steps of his strength shall be straitened." The psalmist presents the idea of the verse under a different form, "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, so that my feet did not slip" (Psalm 17:36). Thou shalt not stumble; lo-thik-kashel, hiph. future. The niph. nikshal, equivalent to the kal kadshal, signifies properly "to totter," "to sink down," used of one about to fall. The primary idea, however, usually disregarded, of kashal, is "to totter in the ankles," equivalent to the Latin talipedare. It occurs again in Proverbs 4:16, and is a different verb from "stumble" in Proverbs 3:23 (which see). When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened,.... By enemies, or attended with difficulties and obstructions, or subject to dangers, but be at freedom and liberty in walking; for though saints do not walk in the broad road with sinners, yet they are brought into a large place, and their steps are enlarged under them, and their hearts are enlarged to run the way of God's commandments; and a wide field of truth and duty such have to walk in, who are taught and led in the ways of wisdom and righteousness, Psalm 18:19;

and when thou runnest, thou shall not stumble; such that make haste to keep the commandments of God, that run with alacrity and cheerfulness in their Christian race, and in the way of their duty, shall not stumble, through the deceitfulness of sin, the snares of the world, and the temptations of Satan, so as to fall and perish. 4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
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