Proverbs 21:21
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English Standard Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

King James Bible
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

American Standard Version
He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that followeth justice and mercy, shall find life, justice, and glory.

English Revised Version
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 It is a joy to the just to do justice,

     And a terror for them that work iniquity.

To act according to the law of rectitude is to these as unto death; injustice has become to them a second nature, so that their heart strives against rectitude of conduct; it also enters to little into their plan of life, and their economy, that they are afraid of ruining themselves thereby. So we believe, with Hitzig, Elster, Zckler, and Luther, this must be explained in accordance with our interpretation of Proverbs 10:29. Fleischer and others supplement the second parallel member from the first: וּפעל און מחתּה לפעלי אין; others render 15b as an independent sentence: ruin falls on those who act wickedly. But that ellipsis is hard and scarcely possible; but in general מחתה, as contrasted correlate to שׂמחה, can scarcely have the pure objective sense of ruin or destruction. It must mean a revolution in the heart. Right-doing is to the righteous a pleasure (cf. Proverbs 10:23); and for those who have און, and are devoid of moral worth, and thus simply immoral as to the aim and sphere of their conduct, right-doing is something which alarms them: when they act in conformity with what is right, they do so after an external impulse only against their will, as if it were death to them.

Proverbs 21:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek the LORD: look to the rock from where you are hewn...

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come to us as the rain...

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after...

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

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Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

Romans 2:7-10 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life...

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

2 Timothy 4:7,8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith...

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire...

Cross References
Matthew 5:6
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Proverbs 3:22
and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

Proverbs 15:9
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

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