Psalm 37:23
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New International Version
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;

New Living Translation
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

English Standard Version
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;

New American Standard Bible
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

King James Bible
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man's steps are established by the LORD, and He takes pleasure in his way.

International Standard Version
A man's steps are established by the LORD, and the LORD delights in his way.

NET Bible
The LORD grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The steps of a man are set in order before Lord Jehovah and his way is set in order.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person's steps are directed by the LORD, and the LORD delights in his way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mem The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way.

King James 2000 Bible
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

American King James Version
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

American Standard Version
A man's goings are established of Jehovah; And he delighteth in his way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With the Lord shall the steps of a man be directed, and he shall like well his way.

Darby Bible Translation
The steps of a man are established by Jehovah, and he delighteth in his way:

English Revised Version
A man's goings are established of the LORD; and he delighteth in his way.

Webster's Bible Translation
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

World English Bible
A man's goings are established by Yahweh. He delights in his way.

Young's Literal Translation
From Jehovah are the steps of a man, They have been prepared, And his way he desireth.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:21-33 The Lord our God requires that we do justly, and render to all their due. It is a great sin for those that are able, to deny the payment of just debts; it is a great misery not to be able to pay them. He that is truly merciful, will be ever merciful. We must leave our sins; learn to do well, and cleave to it. This is true religion. The blessing of God is the spring, sweetness, and security of all earthly enjoyments. And if we are sure of this, we are sure not to want any thing good for us in this world. By his grace and Holy Spirit, he directs the thoughts, affections, and designs of good men. By his providence he overrules events, so as to make their way plain. He does not always show them his way for a distance, but leads them step by step, as children are led. God will keep them from being ruined by their falls, either into sin or into trouble, though such as fall into sin will be sorely hurt. Few, if any, have known the consistent believer, or his children, reduced to abject, friendless want. God forsakes not his saints in affliction; and in heaven only the righteous shall dwell for ever; that will be their everlasting habitation. A good man may fall into the hands of a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, but God will not leave him in his enemy's hands.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; rather, established; i.e. upheld, and made firm. It is not the general superintendence of men's steps and goings by God (Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 20:24) which is here spoken of; but the special strengthening and supporting of the steps of the pious. The wont גבר must be understood, not of the ordinary man, but of the good man. ("גבר, viri, scilicet justi, et Jova benedicti," Roseumuller). And he delighteth in his way. He "knows" it (Psalm 1:6), and looks upon it with favour, and even "has pleasure" in it (Psalm 35:27).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,.... Or "of a man" (w); such a man as is blessed of the Lord; the steps which he takes in life are ordered by the Lord, both with respect to things temporal and spiritual: his good conduct is not of himself, it is a blessing of the Lord, who directs and keeps the feet of his saints, and inclines them to take such steps, and pursue such methods, which he succeeds and prospers;

and he delighteth in his way; which he knows and approves of, guides and directs him in; see Psalm 1:6.

(w) "hominis", Pagninus, Montanus, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23, 24. steps—way, or, "course of life"; as ordered by God, failures will not be permanent.

Psalm 37:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
22For those blessed by Him will inherit the land, But those cursed by Him will be cut off. 23The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;

Psalm 7:9
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure-- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.

Psalm 18:19
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalm 25:12
Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.

Psalm 37:31
The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.

Psalm 40:2
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 41:11
I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.

Psalm 66:9
he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 119:5
Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

Psalm 147:11
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
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The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

steps

Psalm 17:5 Hold up my goings in your paths, that my footsteps slip not.

Psalm 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in your word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalm 121:3,8 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber…

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

Job 23:11,12 My foot has held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined…

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in …

ordered. or, established

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.

delighteth

Psalm 147:10 He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure …

Proverbs 11:1,20 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight…

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

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