New International Version
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
New Living Translation
For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
English Standard Version
for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
New American Standard Bible
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
King James Bible
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
International Standard Version
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will be destroyed.
Certainly the LORD guards the way of the godly, but the way of the wicked ends in destruction.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because Lord Jehovah knows the way of the righteous ones and the way of the wicked will be destroyed.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD knows the way of righteous people, but the way of wicked people will end.
JPS Tanakh 1917
For the LORD regardeth the way of the righteous; But the way of the wicked shall perish.
New American Standard 1977
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.
Study BibleThe Happiness of the Godly
…5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
For the LORD(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.
knowethto know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially
the waya road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb
of the righteousjust -- just, lawful, righteous (man).
but the waya road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb
of the ungodlymorally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person -- + condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong.
shall perishto wander away, i.e. lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy)
CommentaryMatthew Henry Commentary
1:4-6 The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; they are led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to the seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law of God; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of the floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They are of no worth in God's account, how highly soever they may value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among the wheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who will thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin and folly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before the whirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous by Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature. He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows, companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions are changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a new character. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace, which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How different the character and end of the ungodly!
Cross ReferencesJohn 10:14
I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me,
1 Corinthians 8:3
But the one who loves God is known by God.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity."
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
The LORD knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.
The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
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