Proverbs 2:20
New International Version
Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

New Living Translation
So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous.

English Standard Version
So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Berean Study Bible
So you will follow in the ways of the good, and keep to the paths of the righteous.

King James Bible
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

New King James Version
So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
So you will walk in the way of good people And keep to the paths of the righteous.

NASB 1995
So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.

NASB 1977
So you will walk in the way of good men, And keep to the paths of the righteous.

Amplified Bible
So you will walk in the way of good men [that is, those of personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character], And keep to the paths of the righteous.

Christian Standard Bible
So follow the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So follow the way of good people, and keep to the paths of the righteous.

American Standard Version
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Walk therefore in the way of the good and keep the way of the righteous ones

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For had they gone in good paths, they would have found the paths of righteousness easy.

Contemporary English Version
Follow the example of good people and live an honest life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of the just.

English Revised Version
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Good News Translation
So you must follow the example of good people and live a righteous life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So walk in the way of good people and stay on the paths of righteous people.

International Standard Version
This is how you will walk in the way of good men and will keep to the paths of the righteous.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.

Literal Standard Version
That you go in the way of the good, And keep the paths of the righteous.

NET Bible
So you will walk in the way of good people, and will keep on the paths of the righteous.

New Heart English Bible
that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

World English Bible
that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
That thou dost go in the way of the good, And the paths of the righteous dost keep.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
19None who go to her return or negotiate the paths of life. 20So you will follow in the ways of the good, and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21For the upright will inhabit the land, and the blameless will remain in it;…

Cross References
Hebrews 6:12
Then you will not be sluggish, but will imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

Proverbs 13:20
He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.


Treasury of Scripture

That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 13:20
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Psalm 119:63,115
I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts…

Song of Solomon 1:7,8
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? …









Verses 20-22. - Conclusion of the discourse in which are antithetically stated the respective destinies of the good and the bad, the upright and the wicked. Verse 20. - That (Hebrew, לְמַעַן l'maan); in order that (Vulgate, ut), carries us back properly to ver. 11. The protecting power of wisdom is developed in a positive direction. Negatively, it delivers from the evil man and from the strange woman, but it does more - "it shall keep thee in order that thou mayest walk in a good way," etc. The Hebrew לְמַעַן (l'maan) is coordinate with "to deliver thee," but it serves to bring the discourse to a conclusion. Umbreit renders it "therefore," thus making what follows an inference from the preceding discourse. So the Syriac, ambula igitur, "therefore walk." In the way of good men (בְּדֶרֶך טובִים, b'derek tovim); i.e. in the way of the good, in an ethical sense, i.e. the upright, as in Isaiah 5:20. The Vulgate renders, in via bona, "in the good way." "The way of good men" is the way of God's commandments, the way of obedience. Keep. The Hebrew verb שָׁמַר (shamar) is here used in the sense of "to observe," "to attend to," but in a different sense from Psalm 17:4, "I have observed the ways of the violent man," i.e. that I might avoid them. To keep the paths of the righteous is to carefully attend to the life of obedience which they follow. The LXX. closely connects this verse with the preceding, and renders, "For if they had walked in good ways, they would have found the paths of righteousness light."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So
לְמַ֗עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's 4616: Purpose -- intent

you will follow
תֵּ֭לֵךְ (tê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

in the ways
בְּדֶ֣רֶךְ (bə·ḏe·reḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of good men,
טוֹבִ֑ים (ṭō·w·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and keep to
תִּשְׁמֹֽר׃ (tiš·mōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

the paths
וְאָרְח֖וֹת (wə·’ā·rə·ḥō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of the righteous.
צַדִּיקִ֣ים (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous


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