Proverbs 12:28
New International Version
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.

New Living Translation
The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.

English Standard Version
In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

Berean Study Bible
There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.

King James Bible
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

New King James Version
In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

New American Standard Bible
In the way of righteousness there is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

NASB 1995
In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

NASB 1977
In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

Amplified Bible
In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death [but immortality—eternal life].

Christian Standard Bible
There is life in the path of righteousness, and in its path there is no death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.

American Standard Version
In the way of righteousness is life; And in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the way of righteousness is life, and the way of the angry is unto death.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
In the ways of righteousness is life; but the ways of those that remember injuries lead to death.

Contemporary English Version
Living right is a pathway that leads to life and away from death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the path of justice is life: but the by-way leadeth to death.

English Revised Version
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Good News Translation
Righteousness is the road to life; wickedness is the road to death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everlasting life is on the way of righteousness. Eternal death is not along its path.

International Standard Version
In the pathway to righteousness there is life, and in that lifestyle there is no death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the way of righteousness is life, And in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Literal Standard Version
In the path of righteousness [is] life, "" And in the way of [that] path [is] no death!

NET Bible
In the path of righteousness there is life, but another path leads to death.

New Heart English Bible
In the way of righteousness is life; in its path there is no death.

World English Bible
In the way of righteousness is life; in its path there is no death.

Young's Literal Translation
In the path of righteousness is life, And in the way of that path is no death!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
27A lazy man does not roast his game, but a diligent man prizes his possession. 28There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 30:15
See, I have set before you today life and goodness, as well as death and disaster.

Deuteronomy 32:46
he said to them, "Take to heart all these words I testify among you today, so that you may command your children to carefully follow all the words of this law.

Proverbs 11:19
Genuine righteousness leads to life, but the pursuit of evil brings death.

Jeremiah 21:8
Furthermore, you are to tell this people that this is what the LORD says: 'Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.


Treasury of Scripture

In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Proverbs 8:35
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Proverbs 9:11
For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 10:16
The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.









(28) In the way of righteousness is life.--Comp. above on Proverbs 10:2, "Righteousness delivereth from death."

Verse 28. - In the way of righteousness is life (comp. Proverbs 10:2). For the promise of temporal prosperity which the Jew saw in such passages as these we substitute a better hope. And in the pathway thereof - of righteousness - there is no death. Many combine the two words thus: "no death," i.e. immortality; but examples of such combination are not forthcoming, and the anomaly is not necessitated by the failure of the usual rendering to afford an adequate sense. The Greek and Latin versions are noteworthy. Septuagint, "The ways of the revengeful (μνησικάκων) are unto (אֶל, not אַל) death." St. Chrysostom refers ('Hom. 16 in Ephesians') to this rendering: "He here speaks of vindictiveness; for on the spur of the moment he allows the sufferer to act in order to cheek the aggressor; but further to bear a grudge he permits not; because the act then is no longer one of passion, nor of boiling rage, but of malice premeditated. Now, God forgives those who may be carried away, perhaps upon a sense of outrage, and rush out to resent it. Hence he says, 'eye for eye;' and yet again 'The ways of the revengeful lead to death." Vulgate, "A devious path leads to death" - a path, that is, which turns aside from the right direction, a life and conversation which are alien from justice and piety. But both the Septuagint and the Vulgate have missed the right meaning of the words in question; derek nethibah, "pathway." Many see in this verse a plain evidence that the writer believed in the immortality of the soul. We have reason to suppose that such was his faith, but it cannot be proved from this passage, though we may consider that he was guided to speak in terms to which later knowledge would affix a deeper interpretation (see Proverbs 14:32, and note there). It is Jesus Christ "who hath brought life and immortality (ἀφθαρσίαν) to light through the gospel" (2 Timothy 1:10). Writers in Solomon's time could speak only darkly about this sublime and comforting hope, though later, as in the Book of Wisdom and throughout most of the Apocryphal books, it formed a common topic, and was used as a reason for patience and resignation.





Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
There is life
חַיִּ֑ים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

in the path
בְּאֹֽרַח־ (bə·’ō·raḥ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of righteousness,
צְדָקָ֥ה (ṣə·ḏā·qāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

but another path
וְדֶ֖רֶךְ (wə·ḏe·reḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

leads to death.
מָֽוֶת׃‪‬ (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin


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