Proverbs 8:20
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New International Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

New Living Translation
I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice.

English Standard Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,

New American Standard Bible
"I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,

King James Bible
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

International Standard Version
I walk on the way of righteousness, along paths that are just,

NET Bible
I walk in the path of righteousness, in the pathway of justice,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I walk in the way of righteousness and within the streets of judgment”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I walk in the way of righteousness, on the paths of justice,

Jubilee Bible 2000
I shall lead in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgment,

King James 2000 Bible
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice:

American King James Version
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

American Standard Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgment,

Darby Bible Translation
I walk in the path of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

English Revised Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

Webster's Bible Translation
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment.

World English Bible
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice;

Young's Literal Translation
In a path of righteousness I cause to walk, In midst of paths of judgment,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - I lead in the way (better, I walk in the way) of righteousness. I act always according to the rules of justice. In the midst of the paths of judgment. I swerve not to one side or the other (Proverbs 4:27). So the psalmist prays, "Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end;" "Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk" (Psalm 119:33; Psalm 143:8). And the promise is given to the faithful in Isaiah 30:21, "Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." Virtue, as Aristotle has taught us, is the mean between two extremes.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I lead in the way of righteousness,.... As a king his subjects, a shepherd his flock; as a guide to persons that are ignorant and out of the way; as parents their children, teaching them to go; or as a master his scholars: and the way Wisdom, or Christ, leads his people in, is "the way of righteousness"; the doctrine of righteousness, or the way and manner of a sinner's justification in the sight of God; all men are out of the way of it, and are ignorant of the right way; Christ leads them into it: he leads them off of their own righteousness by showing that it does not deserve the name of one; that it is unacceptable to God, unprofitable to him, and insufficient to justify them before him; and he leads them to his own righteousness, which he has wrought out; and shows them that this is answerable to the demands of law and justice, is acceptable to God, and imputed by him without works; and this he does in his word and by his Spirit: and in this way of righteousness he leads them into his Father's presence with acceptance; to himself, in which he beholds them with pleasure; and to eternal glory, which gives them a title to it: he also leads into the practice of righteousness; he teaches them, and they learn of him works of righteousness; he goes before them by way of example, and he gives them his Spirit and grace to enable them to perform them; and which may more especially be intended in the next clause;

in the midst of the paths of judgment: of truth and holiness; in his commandments and ordinances; in all which they are led not against their wills but with them; and not only walk but run with the greatest cheerfulness in those ways and paths of his.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20, 21. The courses in which wisdom leads conduct to a true present prosperity (Pr 23:5).

Proverbs 8:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
19"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver. 20"I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.…
Cross References
Psalm 23:3
he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.

Proverbs 2:9
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path.

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.

Proverbs 8:21
bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
Treasury of Scripture

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

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Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 4:11,12 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths…

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

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for …

Psalm 25:4,5 Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths…

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: …

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the …

Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun …

Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and …

John 10:3,27,28 To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls …

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, …

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Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you…

Deuteronomy 5:32 You shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God has commanded …

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