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.

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

New King James Version
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, But the upright seek his well-being.

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

NASB 1995
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.

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

Amplified Bible
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless [because of his integrity], But the upright are concerned for his life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Men of blood hate the perfect, "" And the upright seek his soul.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 Cain 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.









(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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

of bloodshed
דָ֭מִים (ḏā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 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 8130: To hate

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

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

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

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


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