Proverbs 21:21
New International Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

New Living Translation
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

English Standard Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Berean Study Bible
He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor.

New American Standard Bible
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

New King James Version
He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

King James Bible
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Contemporary English Version
If you try to be kind and good, you will be blessed with life and goodness and honor.

Good News Translation
Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

International Standard Version
Whoever pursues righteousness and gracious love finds life, righteousness, and honor.

NET Bible
The one who pursues righteousness and love finds life, bounty, and honor.

New Heart English Bible
He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that seeks righteousness and grace finds life, righteousness and glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever pursues righteousness and mercy will find life, righteousness, and honor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy Findeth life, prosperity, and honour.

New American Standard 1977
He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

King James 2000 Bible
He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

American King James Version
He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

American Standard Version
He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The way of righteousness and mercy will find life and glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that followeth justice and mercy, shall find life, justice, and glory.

Darby Bible Translation
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

English Revised Version
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

World English Bible
He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is pursuing righteousness and kindness, Findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Study Bible
The King's Heart
20Precious treasures and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them. 21He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor. 22A wise man scales the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Proverbs 3:22
They will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck.

Proverbs 15:9
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves those who pursue righteousness.

Treasury of Scripture

He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

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Proverbs 15:9
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Isaiah 51:1
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Hosea 6:3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

findeth

Proverbs 22:4
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Romans 2:7-10
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: …

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.





Lexicon
He who pursues
רֹ֭דֵף (rō·ḏêp̄)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

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

and loving devotion
וָחָ֑סֶד (wā·ḥā·seḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

finds
יִמְצָ֥א (yim·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

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

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

and honor.
וְכָבֽוֹד׃ (wə·ḵā·ḇō·wḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness
(21) Righteousness and mercy.--He who endeavours to give God and man their due (see above on 10:2), and to shew love to them (Proverbs 3:3), will gain for himself length of days (Proverbs 3:16) power to live more and more uprightly, and present honour from God and man for so doing. In a higher sense he will gain life eternal now and hereafter (John 17:3), righteousness, or the forgiveness of sins (Romans 2:13), and honour (Romans 8:30) at the last day, when he will be acknowledged as a true son of God (Romans 8:19).

Verse 21. - He that followeth after righteousness and mercy. "Righteousness" (tsedakah), in the first hemistich, signifies the virtue which renders to all, God and man, their due, which is the characteristic of the righteous man (see on Proverbs 15:9). "Mercy" (chesed) is the conduct towards others, animated by love and sympathy (see note on Proverbs 3:3). Findeth life, righteoushess, and honor. "Righteousness" here is the gift of God to his faithful servants, grace to live a holy life. This becomes habit, and forms the righteous character (Job 29:14; Job 33:26). "Life" is a long and prosperous life in the world (Proverbs 3:16); "honour" is respect and reverence among fellow men, and glory in another world. "Whom he justified, them he also glorified" (Romans 8:80). "Life and honour" stand together in Proverbs 22:4. "The fear of the Lord," says Siracides, "is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing... maketh a merry heart... and giveth long life "(Ecclus. 1:11, etc.). The LXX. omits the second "righteousness" by mistake: "The way of righteousness and mercy will find life and glory" (Matthew 6:33).
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