Proverbs 2:13
New International Version
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

New Living Translation
These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths.

English Standard Version
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

Berean Study Bible
from those who leave the straight paths to walk in the ways of darkness,

New American Standard Bible
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;

King James Bible
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Christian Standard Bible
from those who abandon the right paths to walk in ways of darkness,

Contemporary English Version
who turned from doing good to live in the darkness.

Good News Translation
those who have abandoned a righteous life to live in the darkness of sin,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
from those who abandon the right paths to walk in ways of darkness,

International Standard Version
and from those who abandon the right path to travel along the ways of darkness;

NET Bible
who leave the upright paths to walk on the dark ways,

New Heart English Bible
who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who leave the upright way and they walk in the way of darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
from those who abandon the paths of righteousness to walk the ways of darkness,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who leave the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

New American Standard 1977
From those who leave the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

Jubilee Bible 2000
who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

King James 2000 Bible
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

American King James Version
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

American Standard Version
Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Alas for those who forsake right paths, to walk in ways of darkness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who leave the right way, and walk by dark ways:

Darby Bible Translation
[from those] who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

English Revised Version
Who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

World English Bible
who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Young's Literal Translation
Who are forsaking paths of uprightness, To walk in ways of darkness,
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
12to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perversity, 13from those who leave the straight paths to walk in the ways of darkness, 14from those who enjoy doing evil and rejoice in the twistedness of evil,…
Cross References
John 3:19
And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:20
Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

Psalm 82:5
They do not know or understand; they wander in the darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken."

Proverbs 4:19
But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble.

Proverbs 21:16
The man who strays from the path of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.

Treasury of Scripture

Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

leave

Proverbs 21:16
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Psalm 14:3
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Ezekiel 18:26
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

walk

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Job 24:13-16
They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof…

John 3:19,20
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil…







Lexicon
from those who leave
הַ֭עֹ֣זְבִים (ha·‘ō·zə·ḇîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

the straight
יֹ֑שֶׁר (yō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3476: Straightness, uprightness

paths
אָרְח֣וֹת (’ā·rə·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

to walk
לָ֝לֶ֗כֶת (lā·le·ḵeṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

in the ways
בְּדַרְכֵי־ (bə·ḏar·ḵê-)
Preposition-b | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of darkness,
חֹֽשֶׁךְ׃ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
Verse 13. - Who leave the paths of uprightness. Between vers. 13 and 15 the teacher proceeds to give a more detailed description of those who speak perversely. Who leave (הַעֹזְבִים haoz'vim); literally, forsaking, but the present participle has the force of the preterite, as appears from the context. The men alluded to have already forsaken or deserted the paths of uprightness (see previous note on the word "man." The paths of uprightness (אָרְחות יֹשֶׁר ar'khoth yosher); the same as the "right paths" of ch. 4:11. The strict meaning of the Hebrew word translated "uprightness" is "straightness," and hence it stands opposed to "perverseness" in the previous verse. Uprightness is integrity, rectitude, honest dealing. The LXX. translators represent the forsaking of the paths of uprightness as a consequence resulting from walking in the ways of darkness, "O ye who have left the right ways by departing [τοῦ πορεύεσβαι, equivalent to abeundo] into the ways of darkness." Again, the ways of darkness (דַרְכֵי חשֶׁך, dar'chey kkoshek) are opposed to the "paths of uprightness" which rejoice in the light. Darkness includes the two ideas of

(1) ignorance and error (Isaiah 9:2; Ephesians 5:8), and

(2) evil deeds.

To walk in the ways of darkness, then, is to persist in a course of wilful ignorance, to reject deliberately the light of knowledge, and to work wickedness, by performing "the works of darkness (τὰ ἔργα τοῦ σκύτους)," which St. Paul exhorted the Church at Rome to east away (Romans 13:12), and by having fellowship with "the unfruitful works of darkness (τὰ ἔργα τὰ ἀκάρπα τοῦ σκότους)," against which the same apostle warned the Ephesians (Ephesians 5:11). They are ways of darkness, because they endeavour to hide themselves from God (Isaiah 29:15) and from man (Job 24:15; Job 38:13, 15). In their tendency and end they lead to the blackness of darkness forever. In Scripture darkness is associated with evil, just as light is with uprightness (see John 3:19, 20). The same association of ideas is discoverable in the dualism of the Persian system, as formulated by Zoroaster - Ormuzd, the good principle, presides over the kingdom of light, while Ahriman, the principle of evil, is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness. 2:10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion over us, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart, and will preserve, both against corruptions within and temptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness, uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave the plain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in such ways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and in seeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company. True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshly lusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and war against the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow of every serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to look upon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled in such fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings. Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlasting torments which follow them. It is very rare that any who are caught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so much is the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by the deceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besides the literal sense, is to be understood as a caution against idolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking any forbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well as the wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. To the wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to the righteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is it all one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseries of their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shall crown believers?
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