New International Version
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
King James Bible
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Darby Bible Translation
The righteous guideth his neighbour; but the way of the wicked misleadeth them.
World English Bible
A righteous person is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Young's Literal Translation
The righteous searcheth his companion, And the way of the wicked causeth them to err.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor - That is, if the neighbor be a wicked man. The spirit of the proverb lies here: The Poor righteous man is more excellent than his sinful neighbor, though affluent and noble. The Syriac has it, "The righteous deviseth good to his neighbor." A late commentator has translated it, "The righteous explore their pastures." How מרעהו can be translated Their pastures I know not; but none of the versions understood it in this way. The Vulgate is rather singular: Qui negligit damnum propter amicum, justus est. "He who neglects or sustains a loss for the sake of his friend, is a just man." The Septuagint is insufferable: "The well-instructed righteous man shall be his own friend." One would hope these translators meant not exclusively; he should love his neighbor as himself.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryThe Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.
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