New International Version
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
King James Bible
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Darby Bible Translation
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.
World English Bible
Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.
Young's Literal Translation
Incline not to the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil!
Proverbs 4:27 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left - Avoid all crooked ways. Be an upright, downright, and straight-forward man. Avoid tricks, wiles, and deceptions of this kind.
To this the Septuagint and Vulgate add the following verse: Αυτος δε ορθας ποιησει τας τροχιας σου, τας δε πορειας σου εν ειρηνη προαξει. Ipse autem rectos faciet cursus tuos; itinera autem tua in pace producet. "For himself will make thy paths straight and thy journeyings will he conduct in prosperity." The Arabic has also a clause to the same effect. But nothing like this is found in the Hebrew, Chaldee, or Syriac; nor in the Vulgate, as printed in the Complutensian Polyglot; nor in that of Antwerp or of Paris; but it is in the Greek text of those editions, in the editio princeps of the Vulgate, in five of my own MSS., and in the old MS. Bible. De Lyra rejects the clause as a gloss that stands on no authority. If an addition, it is certainly very ancient; and the promise it contains is true whether the clause be authentic or not.
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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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The Two Paths
Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
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