Proverbs 29:10
New International Version
The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.

New Living Translation
The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them.

English Standard Version
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.

Berean Study Bible
Men of bloodshed hate a blameless man, but the upright care for his life.

New American Standard Bible
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.

King James Bible
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Christian Standard Bible
Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.

Contemporary English Version
A murderer hates everyone who is honest and lives right.

Good News Translation
Bloodthirsty people hate anyone who's honest, but righteous people will protect the life of such a person.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.

International Standard Version
Bloodthirsty men hate the innocent person, but the upright show concern for his life.

NET Bible
Bloodthirsty people hate someone with integrity; as for the upright, they seek his life.

New Heart English Bible
The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity; and they seek the life of the upright.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Men that are shedders of blood hate The Pure One and the righteous love him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bloodthirsty people hate an innocent person, but decent people seek [to protect] his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The men of blood hate him that is sincere; And as for the upright, they seek his life.

New American Standard 1977
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The bloodthirsty hate the perfect, but the just seek his soul.

King James 2000 Bible
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his good.

American King James Version
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

American Standard Version
The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect; And as for the upright, they seek his life.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Bloody men hate a holy person, but the upright will seek his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bloodthirsty men hate the upright: but just men seek his soul.

Darby Bible Translation
The bloodthirsty hate the perfect, but the upright care for his soul.

English Revised Version
The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect: and as for the upright, they seek his life.

Webster's Bible Translation
The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

World English Bible
The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity; and they seek the life of the upright.

Young's Literal Translation
Men of blood hate the perfect, And the upright seek his soul.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
9If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be raving and laughing with no resolution. 10Men of bloodshed hate a blameless man, but the upright care for his life. 11A fool vents all his anger, but a wise man holds it back.…
Cross References
1 John 3:12
Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.

Genesis 4:5
but He had no regard for Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry, and his countenance fell.

Psalm 59:2
Deliver me from workers of iniquity, and save me from men of bloodshed.

Proverbs 29:9
If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be raving and laughing with no resolution.

Proverbs 29:27
An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.

Treasury of Scripture

The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

the bloodthirsty

Genesis 4:5-8
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell…

1 Samuel 20:31-33
For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die…

1 Samuel 22:11
Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.

but

1 Samuel 15:11
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

Jeremiah 13:15-17
Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken…

Jeremiah 18:20
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.







Lexicon
Men
אַנְשֵׁ֣י (’an·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

of bloodshed
דָ֭מִים (ḏā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

hate
יִשְׂנְאוּ־ (yiś·nə·’ū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8130: To hate

a blameless man,
תָ֑ם (ṯām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8535: Complete, pious, gentle, dear

but the upright
וִֽ֝ישָׁרִ֗ים (wî·šā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3477: Straight, right

care for
יְבַקְשׁ֥וּ (yə·ḇaq·šū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

his life.
נַפְשֽׁוֹ׃ (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
(10) The bloodthirsty hate the upright.--Or, perfect man. "for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness" (2Corinthians 6:14); the life of the perfect man is a continual reproach to them.

But the just (or upright) seek his soul--i.e. care for the life of the perfect; their uprightness shows itself in active help-giving.

Verse 10. - The bloodthirsty hate the upright; him that is perfect, Revised Version; ὅσιον, Septuagint. His life is a tacit reproach to men of blood, robbers, murderers, and such like sinners, as is finely expressed in the Book of Wisdom 2:12, etc. (comp. 2 Corinthians 6:14). But the just seek his soul. The explanation of this hemistich is doubtful. The following interpretations have been offered:

(1) The just seek the soul of the upright to deliver him from death temporal and spiritual (comp. Proverbs 12:6; Psalm 142:4).

(2) The just seek the murderer's life, take vengeance on him (comp. Psalm 63:9, 10).

(3) "As for the just, they (the murderers) attempt his life," where the change of subject, though by no means unparalleled, is awkward (comp. Psalm 37:14). The second explanation makes the righteous the executioners of vengeance on the delinquents, which does not seem to be the idea intended, and there is no confirmation of it in our book. The interpretation first given has against it the fact that the phrase, "to seek the soul," is used of attempts against the life, not of preserving it. But this is not fatal; and the above seems to be the most likely explanation offered, and gives a good antithesis. Men of blood hate a virtuous man, and try to destroy him; the righteous love him, and do their utmost to defend and keep him safe. If this interpretation is rejected, the third explanation is allowable, the casus pendens - "the just, they seek his life" - may be compared with Genesis 26:15; Deuteronomy 2:23. Septuagint, "But the upright will seek (ἐκζητήσουσι) his life." 29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
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