Proverbs 4:19
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New International Version
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

New Living Translation
But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

English Standard Version
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

New American Standard Bible
The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.

King James Bible
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they don't know what makes them stumble.

International Standard Version
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness, and they do not know what they are stumbling over.

NET Bible
The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the way of the wicked is darkness and they do not know on what they stumble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The way of wicked people is like deep darkness. They do not know what makes them stumble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the wicked is as darkness; they do not know in what they stumble.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

American King James Version
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

American Standard Version
The way of the wicked is as darkness: They know not at what they stumble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of the wicked is darksome: they know not where they fall.

Darby Bible Translation
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

English Revised Version
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

World English Bible
The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over.

Young's Literal Translation
The way of the wicked is as darkness, They have not known at what they stumble.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-27 The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearest way to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will end ill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is not said, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; never think you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteous is light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light. The saints will not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shall shine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness. The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fall into sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble, but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, nor what will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid to shun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence. We must set a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doing hurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to put away a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turned from beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking by the rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord and Master. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow thee more closely for the time to come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - The way of the wicked is as darkness. In contrast with the path of the just is the way of the wicked, which is described as darkness itself: i.e. so deeply enveloped in gloom that the wicked are not able even to see the obstacles and impediments against which they stumble, and which are the cause of their ruin. It is a way dark throughout - a via tenebrosa (Vulgate) - terminating at length in "the blackness of darkness." As light is emblematical of knowledge, holiness, and joy, so darkness represents ignorance, unholiness, and misery (see Isaiah 8:22). Darkness (aphelah); strictly, thick darkness, midnight gloom, the entire absence of light. It is the word used of the plague of "thick darkness" that settled over all the land of Egypt, even a darkness that "might be felt," when the Egyptians "saw not one another, nor any arose from his place for three days" (Exodus 10:21-23). It occurs again in ch. 7:9, "in the black and dark night." In this darkness the wicked cannot help but stumble. Compare our Lord's teaching, "But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him" (John 11:10; cf. 12:36). The expression, they know not at what they stumble, carries with it the idea that they are so ignorant that they neither know wickedness as wickedness, nor do they apprehend the destruction which it involves. "Sins, however great and detestable they may be, are looked upon as trivial, or as not sins at all, when men get accustomed to them" (St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion,' cap. 80). On "stumble" (kashal), see ver. 12; and on the destruction of the wicked implied in the stumbling, see Proverbs 1:27, seq., 2:18-22; 3:35.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The way of the wicked is as darkness,.... They are in the darkness of sin, ignorance, error, and unbelief; their works are works of darkness; the way in which they are leads to eternal darkness, ruin, and misery, and so must be most uncomfortable and dangerous;

they know not at what they stumble; they stumble at the word, which they are ignorant of, and at Christ, whom they have no knowledge of; and through the temptations of Satan and snares of the world, which they are not aware of, nor upon their guard against.



Proverbs 4:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen to a Father's Instruction
18But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. 19The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble. 20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.…
Cross References
John 11:10
It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light."

John 12:35
Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

Job 18:5
"The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.

Job 18:6
The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.

Proverbs 2:13
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

Isaiah 59:9
So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.

Isaiah 59:10
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.

Jeremiah 13:16
Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom.

Jeremiah 23:12
"Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

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

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Job 5:14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday …

Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger …

Job 18:5,6,18 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his …

Isaiah 59:9,10 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake …

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before …

Jeremiah 23:12 Why their way shall be to them as slippery ways in the darkness: …

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

1 John 2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, …

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