Proverbs 16:17
New International Version
The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.

New Living Translation
The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.

English Standard Version
The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

Berean Study Bible
The highway of the upright leads away from evil; he who guards his way protects his life.

King James Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

New King James Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

New American Standard Bible
The highway of the upright is to turn away from evil; One who watches his way protects his life.

NASB 1995
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.

NASB 1977
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.

Amplified Bible
The highway of the upright turns away and departs from evil; He who guards his way protects his life (soul).

Christian Standard Bible
The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The highway of the upright avoids evil; the one who guards his way protects his life.

American Standard Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The path of the upright turns from evil and he that pays attention to his soul keeps his way.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The paths of life turn aside from evil; and the ways of righteousness are length of life. He that receives instruction shall be in prosperity; and he that regards reproofs shall be made wise. He that keeps his ways, preserves his own soul; and he that loves his life will spare his mouth.

Contemporary English Version
God's people avoid evil ways, and they protect themselves by watching where they go.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The path of the just departeth from evils: he that keepeth his soul keepeth his way.

English Revised Version
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Good News Translation
Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going--it may save your life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The highway of decent people turns away from evil. Whoever watches his way preserves his own life.

International Standard Version
The road of the upright circumvents evil, and whoever watches how he lives preserves his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Literal Standard Version
A highway of the upright [is] to turn from evil, "" Whoever is preserving his soul is watching his way.

NET Bible
The highway of the upright is to turn away from evil; the one who guards his way safeguards his life.

New Heart English Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

World English Bible
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

Young's Literal Translation
A highway of the upright is, 'Turn from evil,' Whoso is preserving his soul is watching his way.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
16How much better to acquire wisdom than gold! To gain understanding is more desirable than silver. 17The highway of the upright leads away from evil; he who guards his way protects his life. 18Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.…

Cross References
Proverbs 19:16
He who keeps a commandment preserves his soul, but he who is careless in his ways will die.

Isaiah 35:8
And there will be a highway called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel it--only those who walk in the Way--and fools will not stray onto it.


Treasury of Scripture

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.

highway

Proverbs 4:24-27
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee…

Isaiah 35:8
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

Acts 10:35
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

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Proverbs 10:9
He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

Proverbs 19:16
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Matthew 24:13
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.









(17) The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.--This is the plain way of duty, which lies right before him, which cannot be mistaken, whatever other difficulties he may have. (See above on Proverbs 6:23.)

He that keepeth his way.--That looks well to it.

Verse 17. - The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. To avoid the dangerous byways to which evil leads, one must walk straight in the path of duty (comp. Proverbs 15:19). Septuagint, "The paths of life decline from evil;" and this version adds some paragraphs in illustration, which are not in the Hebrew: "And the ways of righteousness are length of life. He who receiveth instruction will be among the good [or, 'in prosperity,' ἐν ἀγαθοῖς], and he who observeth reproof shall become wise." He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. He who continues in the right way, and looks carefully to his goings, will save himself from ruin and death (Proverbs 13:3). Septuagint, "He who watcheth his own ways keepeth his life." And then is added another maxim, "He that loveth his life will spare his mouth."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The highway
מְסִלַּ֣ת (mə·sil·laṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4546: A thoroughfare, a viaduct, a staircase

of the upright
יְ֭שָׁרִים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 3477: Straight, right

leads away
ס֣וּר (sūr)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5493: To turn aside

from evil;
מֵרָ֑ע (mê·rā‘)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

he who guards
נֹצֵ֥ר (nō·ṣêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5341: To watch, guard, keep

his way
דַּרְכּֽוֹ׃ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

protects
שֹׁמֵ֥ר (šō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

his life.
נַ֝פְשׁ֗וֹ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion


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