English Standard Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,
King James Bible
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
American Standard Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice;
I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgment,
English Revised Version
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
Webster's Bible Translation
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment.
Proverbs 8:20 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
After Wisdom has said what she hates, and thus what she is not, she now says what she is, has, and promises:
14 "Mine is counsel and promotion;
I am understanding, mine is strength.
15 By me kings reign,
And rulers govern justly.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles -
All judges of the earth."
Whoever gives anything must himself possess it; in this sense Wisdom claims for herself counsel, promotion (in the sense of offering and containing that which is essentially and truly good; vid., concerning תּוּשׁיּה, Proverbs 2:7), and energy (vid., Ecclesiastes 7:19). But she does not merely possess בּינה; this is much rather her peculiar nature, and is one with her. That Proverbs 8:14 is formed after Job 12:13, Job 12:16 (Hitzig) is possible, without there following thence any argument against its genuineness. And if Proverbs 8:15., and Isaiah 32:1; Isaiah 10:1, stand in intentional reciprocal relation, then the priority is on the side of the author of the Proverbs. The connection gives to the laconic expression its intended comprehensiveness. It is not meant that Wisdom has the highest places in the state to give, but that she makes men capable of holding and discharging the duties of these.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
lead or walk
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.
granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
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