Proverbs 19:16
New International Version
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

New Living Translation
Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

English Standard Version
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.

Berean Study Bible
He who keeps a commandment preserves his soul; but he who is careless in his ways will die.

New American Standard Bible
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.

King James Bible
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who keeps commands preserves himself; one who disregards his ways will die.

Contemporary English Version
Obey the Lord's teachings and you will live--disobey and you will die.

Good News Translation
Keep God's laws and you will live longer; if you ignore them, you will die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who keeps commands preserves himself; one who disregards his ways will die.

International Standard Version
Whoever obeys a commandment keeps himself safe, but someone who is contemptuous in conduct will die.

NET Bible
The one who obeys commandments guards his life; the one who despises his ways will die.

New Heart English Bible
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that keeps the commandment takes care of his soul and he that despises his ways will be killed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever obeys the law preserves his life, [but] whoever despises the LORD's ways will be put to death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; But he that despiseth His ways shall die.

New American Standard 1977
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul, but he that despises his ways shall die.

King James 2000 Bible
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

American King James Version
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

American Standard Version
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; But he that is careless of his ways shall die.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall perish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth the commandment, keepeth his own soul: but he that neglecteth his own way, shall die.

Darby Bible Translation
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; he that is careless of his ways shall die.

English Revised Version
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul: but he that is careless of his ways shall die.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

World English Bible
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping the command is keeping his soul, Whoso is despising His ways dieth.
Study Bible
The Man of Integrity
15Laziness brings on deep sleep, and an idle soul will suffer hunger. 16He who keeps a commandment preserves his soul; but he who is careless in his ways will die. 17Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will repay the lender.…
Cross References
Luke 10:28
"You have answered correctly," Jesus said. "Do this and you will live."

Luke 11:28
But He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Proverbs 13:13
He who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.

Proverbs 16:17
The highway of the upright leads away from evil; he who guards his way protects his life.

Treasury of Scripture

He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die.

keepeth

Proverbs 3:1
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Psalm 103:18
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

keepeth his

Proverbs 16:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Proverbs 21:23
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 22:5
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

he that despiseth

Proverbs 13:13
Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Proverbs 15:32
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.







Lexicon
He who keeps
שֹׁמֵ֣ר (šō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

a commandment
מִ֭צְוָה (miṣ·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment

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

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

[but] he who is careless
בּוֹזֵ֖ה (bō·w·zêh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 959: To disesteem

in his ways
דְרָכָ֣יו (ḏə·rā·ḵāw)
Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

will die.
יָמֽוּת׃ (yā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill
(16) He that despiseth his ways--i.e., takes no heed to them, whether they please God or not.

Shall die.--Physically (comp. Exodus 12:15; 1Corinthians 11:30), spiritually (comp. Luke 1:79); a death to be completed hereafter (Revelation 2:11).

Verse 16. - Keepeth his own soul. Obedience to God's commandments preserves a man's natural and spiritual life (comp. Proverbs 13:13; Proverbs 16:17). So we read in Ecclesiastes 8:5, "Whoso keepeth the commandment (mitsvah, as here) shall feel no evil thing." He that despiseth his ways shall die. He that cares nothing what he does, whether his life pleases God or not, shall perish. Ἀπολεῖται, Septuagint; mortificabitur, Vulgate. The result is understood differently. The Khetib reads, יוּמַת (iumath), "shall be punished with death" according to the penalties enacted in the Mosaic Law. The Keri reads, יָמוּת (iamuth), "shall die," as in Proverbs 15:10; and this seems more in agreement with what we find elsewhere in the book, as in Proverbs 10:21; Proverbs 23:13. This insensate carelessness leads to ruin, whether its punishment be undertaken by outraged law. or whether it be left to the Divine retribution. 19:14. A discreet and virtuous wife is more valuable than house and riches. 15. A sluggish, slothful disposition makes men poor; it brings them to want. And this applies both to the present life and that which is to come. 16. If we keep God's word, God's word will keep us from every thing really hurtful. We abuse the doctrine of free grace, if we think that it does away the necessity and advantage of obedience. Those that live at random must die. This truth is clearly taught in words enough to alarm the stoutest sinner. 17. God has chosen the poor of this world, to be rich in faith, and heirs of his kingdom. 18. When parents keep under foolish tenderness, they do their best to render children a comfort to them, and happy in themselves.
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