Proverbs 16:17
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English Standard Version
The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

King James Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

American Standard Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The path of the just departeth from evils: he that keepeth his soul keepeth his way.

English Revised Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

11 The scale and balances of a right kind are Jahve's;

     His work are the weights of the bag.

Regarding פּלס, statera, a level or steelyard (from פּלס, to make even), vid., Proverbs 4:26; מאזנים (from אזן, to weigh), libra, is another form of the balance: the shop-balance furnished with two scales. אבני are here the stones that serve for weights, and כּים, which at Proverbs 1:14 properly means the money-bag, money-purse (cf. Proverbs 7:20), is here, as at Micah 6:11, the bag in which the merchant carries the weights. The genit. משׁפּט belongs also to פּלס, which, in our edition, is pointed with the disjunctive Mehuppach legarme, is rightly accented in Cod. 1294 (vid., Torath Emeth, p. 50) with the conjunctive Mehuppach. משׁפט, as 11b shows, is not like מרמה, the word with the principal tone; 11a says that the balance thus, or thus constructed, which weighs accurately and justly, is Jahve's, or His arrangement, and the object of His inspection, and 11b, that all the weight-stones of the bag, and generally the means of weighing and measuring, rest upon divine ordinance, that in the transaction and conduct of men honesty and certainty might rule. This is the declared will of God, the lawgiver; for among the few direct determinations of His law with reference to trade this stands prominent, that just weights and just measures shall be used, Leviticus 19:36; Deuteronomy 25:13-16. The expression of the poet here frames itself after this law; yet 'ה is not exclusively the God of positive revelation, but, as agriculture in Isaiah 28:29, cf. Sirach 7:15, so here the invention of normative and normal means of commercial intercourse is referred to the direction and institution of God.

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highway

Proverbs 4:24-27 Put away from you a fraudulent mouth, and perverse lips put far from you...

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it...

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.

Titus 2:10-14 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things...

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Proverbs 10:9 He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways shall be known.

Proverbs 19:16 He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Jude 1:21,24 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life...

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come on all the world...

Cross References
Proverbs 19:16
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.

Isaiah 35:8
And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

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