New International Version
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
King James Bible
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
Darby Bible Translation
avoid it, pass not by it; turn from it, and pass away.
World English Bible
Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.
Young's Literal Translation
Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Avoid it - Let it be the serious purpose of thy soul to shun every appearance of evil.
Pass not by it - Never, for the sake of worldly gain, or through complaisance to others, approach the way that thou wouldst not wish to be found in when God calls thee into the eternal world.
Turn from it - If, through unwatchfulness or unfaithfulness, thou at any time get near or into the way of sin, turn from it with the utmost speed, and humble thyself before thy Maker.
And pass away - Speed from it, run for thy life, and get to the utmost distance; eternally diverging so as never to come near it whilst thou hast a being.
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'When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.'--PROVERBS iv. 12. The old metaphor likening life to a path has many felicities in it. It suggests constant change, it suggests continuous progress in one direction, and that all our days are linked together, and are not isolated fragments; and it suggests an aim and an end. So we find it perpetually in this Book of Proverbs. Here the 'way' has a specific designation, 'the way of Wisdom'--that is …
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Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
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