Proverbs 12:26
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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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Clarke'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


Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 17:27 He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Matthew 5:46-48 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same...

Luke 6:32-36 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them...

1 Peter 2:18-21 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the fraudulent...

excellent or abundant

Psalm 18:12,13 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire...

James 1:13,14 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man...

2 Peter 2:18-22 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...

1 John 2:26 These things have I written to you concerning them that seduce you.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world...

Revelation 13:14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast...

The 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
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

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