Proverbs 14:27
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English Standard Version
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

King James Bible
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

American Standard Version
The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to decline from the ruin of death.

English Revised Version
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

21 Whoever despiseth his neighbour committeth sin;

     But whoever hath compassion on the suffering - blessings on him!

One should regard every human being, especially such as God has placed near to him, as a being having the same origin, as created in the image of God, and of the same lofty destination, and should consider himself as under obligation to love him. He who despiseth his neighbour (write בּז with Metheg, and vid., regarding the constr. with dat. object. Proverbs 6:30, cf. Proverbs 11:12; Proverbs 13:13) sins in this respect, that he raises himself proudly and unwarrantably above him; that the honour and love he shows to him he measures not by the rule of duty and of necessity, but according to that which is pleasing to himself; and in that he refuses to him that which according to the ordinance of God he owes him. In Proverbs 14:21 the Chethı̂b עניּים and the Kerı̂ ענוים (vid., at Psalm 9:13) interchange in an inexplicable way; עני is the bowed down (cf. Arab. ma'nuww, particularly of the prisoner, from 'ana, fut. ya'nw, to bow, bend), ענו (Arab. 'anin, with the art. âl'niy, from the intrans. 'aniya, to be bowed down) the patient bearer who in the school of suffering has learned humility and meekness. One does not see why the Kerı̂ here exchanges that passive idea for this ethical one, especially since, in proving himself to be מחונן (compassionate) (for which elsewhere the part. Kal חונן, Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 19:17; Proverbs 28:8), one must be determined only by the needy condition of his neighbour, and not by his (the neighbour's) moral worthiness, the want of which ought to make him twofold more an object of our compassion. All the old translators, from the lxx to the Venet. and Luther, on this account adopt the Chethı̂b.

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Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end...

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Proverbs 2:10-18 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul...

Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the fraudulent: he that does keep his soul shall be far from them.

Psalm 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands...

Cross References
Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.

Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:26
In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

Proverbs 14:28
In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.

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