English Standard Version
Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
King James Bible
Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
American Standard Version
Good understanding giveth favor; But the way of the transgressor is hard.
Good instruction shall give grace: in the way of scorners is a deep pit.
English Revised Version
Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of the treacherous is rugged.
Webster's Bible Translation
Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Proverbs 13:15 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The three following proverbs in Proverbs 13:9-11 have at least this in common, that the two concluding words of each correspond with one another almost rhythmically.
9 The light of the righteous burneth joyously,
And the lamp of the godless goeth out.
The second line equals Proverbs 24:20, cf. Proverbs 20:20. In the Book of Job 18:5., אור רשׁעים ידעך and נרו עליו ידעך (cf. Proverbs 21:17) stand together, and there is spoken of (Proverbs 29:3) a divine נר as well as a divine אור which enlightens the righteous; however, one must say that the poet, as he, Proverbs 6:3, deliberately calls the Tor אור, and the commandment, as derived from it and separated, נר, so also here designedly calls the righteous אור, viz., אור היום (Proverbs 4:18, cf. 2 Peter 1:19), and the godless נר, viz., נר דלוק - the former imparts the sunny daylight, the latter the light of tapers set in darkness. The authentic punctuation is אור־צדיקים, Ben-Naphtali's is 'אור צ' si s'i without Makkeph. To ישׂמח Hitzig compares the "laughing tongue of the taper" of Meidni, iii. 475; Kimchi also the "laughing, i.e., amply measured span, טפח שׂוהק," of the Talmud; for the light laughs when it brightly shines, and increases rather than decreases; in Arab. samuḥa has in it the idea of joy directly related to that of liberality. The lxx translates ישׂמח incorrectly by διαπαντός, and has a distich following Proverbs 13:9, the first line of which is ψυχαὶ δόλιαι (נפשׁ רמיּה?) πλανῶνται ἐν ἁμαρτίαις, and the second line is from Psalm 37:21.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
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