New American Standard Bible
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
King James Bible
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.
World English Bible
For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.
Young's Literal Translation
For Jehovah is knowing the way of the righteous, And the way of the wicked is lost!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous - This is given as a reason why the wicked would not stand in the judgment with the righteous. The reason is, that the Lord, the great Judge, fully understands the character of those who are his friends, and can discriminate between them and all others, whatever pretences others may make to that character. Only those whom God approves, and loves, as his friends, will be able to stand in the day when the great decision shall be made. No one can impose on him by any mere pretensions to piety; no one can force his way to his favor, or to the rewards of the just, by power; no one can claim this in virtue of rank and station. No one can be admitted to the favor of God, and to the rewards of heaven, whose character is not such that it will bear the scrutiny of the Omniscient eve. Compare the notes at 2 Timothy 2:19. Man may be deceived in judging character, but God is not. When it is said that "the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous," the word "way" seems to be used to denote the whole of life - the manner of living (Notes, Psalm 1:1), and hence, the whole character. Perhaps there is included also the idea that the Lord knows the result of their manner of life - the issue to which it leads - and that, therefore, he can properly judge the righteous and assign them to that place in the future world, to wit, heaven, to which their actions tend.
But the way of the ungodly shall perish - The way or manner in which the ungodly live shall tend to ruin; their plans, and purposes, and hopes, shall come to nought. Their course, in fact, tends to destruction. None of their plans shall prosper in regard to religion: none of their hopes shall be fulfilled. In this, as in all other respects, they stand in strong contrast with the righteous, alike in this world and the world to come.
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We sometimes call men irreligious; and, surely, to be irreligious is bad enough; but to be religious is not good enough. A man may be religious, but yet he may not be godly. There are many who are religious; as touching the law outwardly they are blameless; Hebrews of the Hebrews, Pharisees of the straitest sect. They neglect no rubric, they break no law of their church, they are exceedingly precise in their religion; yet, notwithstanding this, they may rank under the class of the ungodly; for to …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
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Writings of St. Ambrose.
How those are to be Admonished who Sin from Sudden Impulse and those who Sin Deliberately.
"I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,
1 Corinthians 8:3
but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness."
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
The LORD knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.
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