Proverbs 4:25
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New International Version
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

New Living Translation
Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.

English Standard Version
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

New American Standard Bible
Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

King James Bible
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.

International Standard Version
Let your eyes look directly ahead; fix your gaze straight in front of you.

NET Bible
Let your eyes look directly in front of you and let your gaze look straight before you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let your eyes see in uprightness and let your eyelashes be straight before you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let your eyes look straight ahead and your sight be focused in front of you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let thine eyes look upon that which is right, and let thine eyelids straighten thy path before thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Let your eyes look directly forward, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

American King James Version
Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

American Standard Version
Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let thy eyes look straight on, and let thy eyelids go before thy steps.

Darby Bible Translation
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

English Revised Version
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let thy eyes look right on, and let thy eyelids look straight before thee.

World English Bible
Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.

Young's Literal Translation
Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee.
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 25 - Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids lock straight before thee. "To look right on" and "to look straight before one" is to fix the eyes steadily and unswervingly upon an object before them, not to allow the gaze to deflect either to the right hand or to the left. As a noun, the word nokakh, rendered "right on," signifies what is straight in front of one; adverbially, it has the same meaning as that given in the Authorized Version. The corresponding "before" (neged) is substantively the side of any object which is opposite one, and as a preposition is equivalent to "before," "in the presence of," like the Latin coram. The versions (LXX., Syriac, Targum) take nokakh in the sense of "right things:" "Let thine eyes look at right things;" contemplate them, aim at justice and equity. This meaning is given to the cognate adjective nakoakh in Proverbs 8:9; Proverbs 24:26; Isaiah 26:10; Isaiah 30:10; Isaiah 59:14; but in the Proverbs the word nokakh only occurs twice (here and ver. 21), either as an adverb, "right on," "straightforwardly," or as a preposition, "before." Look straight. Gesenius takes this verb yashar in hiph., "to make straight," as used elliptically: "Let thine eyelids direct a way before thee;" but the meaning is the same as "Let them look straight before thee." The Syriac, Gejerus, and Holden render, "Let thine eyelids direct thy way before thee;" i.e. do nothing rashly, but everything with premeditation; examine thy conduct, and see that it is right. The verb yashar has this meaning, "to direct," in Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 11:5, but it is here used intransitively (Mercerus). Eyelids (aph'appim); so called from their fluttering, rapid motion, here used by way of poetic parallelism with "eyes." What the command inculcates is simplicity of aim or principle, singleness of motive. The moral gaze is to be steadily fixed, because if it wanders indolently, lasciviously, aimlessly, it imperils the purity of the soul. This verse may be understood, as Zockler, as containing a command levelled against dishonest practices. The man who intends to cheat his neighbour looks this way and that how he may deceive him. Such an interpretation may be maintained on the ground that the former verse is directed against falsehood in speech; this against falsehood in action. But the former view is preferable. If you wish to keep the heart, you must be guided by simplicity of aim; look not aside either to the one hand or to the other, lest you may be led astray by the seductions and temptations which imperil the onward and upward progress of the soul. The passage reminds us of the "single eye" (ἄπλους), "simple," i.e. intent on heaven and God, of Matthew 6:22.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let thine eyes look right on,.... To the path of truth and holiness, without turning or looking to the right hand or left, as it is afterwards expressed; to the word of truth, as the rule to walk by; to Christ, the author and finisher of faith, from whom all grace, and the supplies of it, are to be had; and to the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God;

and thine eyelids look straight before thee; to the precepts of the word, to observe them; to the promises of it for encouragement; to the examples of the saints gone before, as motives to excite diligence, and to exercise patience, faith, and hope; to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life, and to the blessed hope laid up in heaven.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. Let … before thee—that is, pursue a sincere and direct purpose, avoiding temptations.

Proverbs 4:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen to a Father's Instruction
24Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you. 25Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. 26Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.…
Cross References
Proverbs 4:24
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Proverbs 4:26
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Treasury of Scripture

Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

Proverbs 23:5,33 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, …

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