Proverbs 4:12
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English Standard Version
When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.

King James Bible
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

American Standard Version
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock.

English Revised Version
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Proverbs 4:12 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The exhortation of the father now specializes itself:

5 Get wisdom, get understanding;

   Forget not and turn not from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, so shall she preserve thee;

   Love her, so shall she keep thee.

Wisdom and understanding are (5a) thought of as objects of merchandise (cf. Proverbs 23:23; Proverbs 3:14), like the one pearl of great price, Matthew 13:46, and the words of fatherly instruction (5b), accordingly, as offering this precious possession, or helping to the acquisition of it. One cannot indeed say correctly אל־תשׁכח מאמרי־פי, but אל־תשׁכח משּׁמר אמרי־פי (Psalm 102:5); and in this sense אל־תּשׁכּח goes before, or also the accus. object, which in אל־תשכח the author has in his mind, may, since he continues with אל־תּט, now not any longer find expression as such. That the אמרי־פי are the means of acquiring wisdom is shown in Proverbs 4:6, where this continues to be the primary idea. The verse, consisting of only four words, ought to be divided by Mugrash;

(Note: According to correct readings in codd. and older editions, ותשמרךּ has also indeed Rebia Mugrash, and אהבה, Mercha (with Zinnorith); vid., Torath Emeth, p. 47, 6; Accentuationssystem, xviii. 1, 2; and regarding the Zinnorith, see Liber Psalmorum Hebraicus by S. Baer, p. xii.)

the Vav (ו) in both halves of the verse introduces the apodosis imperativi (cf. e.g., Proverbs 3:9., and the apodosis prohibitivi, Proverbs 3:21.). The actual representation of wisdom, Proverbs 4:5, becomes in Proverbs 4:6 personal.

Proverbs 4:12 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

thou goest

Proverbs 6:22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you wake, it shall talk with you.

2 Samuel 22:37 You have enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.

Job 18:7,8 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down...

Psalm 18:36 You have enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

thou shalt

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 3:23 Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.

Psalm 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways...

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them.

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them...

John 4:39-42 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did...

she

Proverbs 3:22 So shall they be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient...

1 John 2:10,11 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him...

Cross References
2 Samuel 22:37
You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip;

Job 18:7
His strong steps are shortened, and his own schemes throw him down.

Psalm 18:36
You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

Psalm 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 119:45
and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.

Proverbs 3:23
Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.

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