Proverbs 29:18
New International Version
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.

New Living Translation
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

English Standard Version
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Berean Study Bible
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

New American Standard Bible
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

King James Bible
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Christian Standard Bible
Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.

Contemporary English Version
Without guidance from God law and order disappear, but God blesses everyone who obeys his Law.

Good News Translation
A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God's law!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Without revelation people run wild, but one who listens to instruction will be happy.

International Standard Version
Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy.

NET Bible
When there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but the one who keeps the law, blessed is he!

New Heart English Bible
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but he who keeps the law is blessed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the multitude of the evil ones a people is breached and he that keeps the law is blessed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow [God's] teachings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

New American Standard 1977
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Without prophetic vision, the people shall perish, but he that keeps the law is blessed.

King James 2000 Bible
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.

American King James Version
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.

American Standard Version
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
There shall be no interpreter to a sinful nation: but he that observes the law is blessed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When prophecy shall fail, the people shall be scattered abroad: but he that keepeth the law is blessed.

Darby Bible Translation
Where there is no vision the people cast off restraint; but happy is he that keepeth the law.

English Revised Version
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Webster's Bible Translation
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

World English Bible
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but one who keeps the law is blessed.

Young's Literal Translation
Without a Vision is a people made naked, And whoso is keeping the law, O his happiness!
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
17Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will bring delight to your soul. 18Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. 19A servant cannot be corrected by words alone; though he understands, he will not respond.…
Cross References
John 13:17
If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Exodus 32:25
Moses saw that the people were out of control, for Aaron had let them run wild and become a laughingstock to their enemies.

1 Samuel 3:1
And the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. Now in those days the word of the LORD was rare and visions were scarce.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers.

Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 19:11
By them indeed Your servant is warned; in keeping them is great reward.

Psalm 74:9
There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer any prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.

Psalm 106:3
Blessed are those who uphold justice, who practice righteousness at all times.

Psalm 119:2
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, and seek Him with all their heart.

Proverbs 8:32
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways.

Proverbs 29:19
A servant cannot be corrected by words alone; though he understands, he will not respond.

Amos 8:11
Behold! the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "when I will send a famine on the land--not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.

Amos 8:12
People will stagger from sea to sea and roam from north to east, seeking the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.

Treasury of Scripture

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.

there

1 Samuel 3:1
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Amos 8:11,12
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: …

perish or is made naked

2 Chronicles 28:19
For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

but

Proverbs 19:16
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Psalm 19:11
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psalm 119:2
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.







Lexicon
Where [there is] no
בְּאֵ֣ין (bə·’ên)
Preposition-b | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

vision,
חָ֭זוֹן (ḥā·zō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2377: A sight, a dream, revelation, oracle

the people
עָ֑ם (‘ām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

cast off restraint;
יִפָּ֣רַֽע (yip·pā·ra‘)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6544: To loosen, to expose, dismiss, absolve, begin

but blessed [is]
אַשְׁרֵֽהוּ׃ (’aš·rê·hū)
Interjection | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 835: Happiness, interjection, how happy!

he who keeps
וְשֹׁמֵ֖ר (wə·šō·mêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

the law.
תּוֹרָ֣ה (tō·w·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law
(18) Where there is no vision.--No revelation of God's will (Isaiah 1:1), when God teaches none by His Spirit that they may instruct others. So it was in the evil days of Eli (1Samuel 3:1), and Asa (2Chronicles 15:3).

The people perish.--Or, run wild. (Comp. Hosea 4:6.)

But he that keepeth the law.--The teaching of those whom God has instructed (Comp. Isaiah 1:10.)

Verse 18. - Where there is no vision, the people perish; rather, cast off restraint, become ungovernable, cannot be reined in (Exodus 32:22, 25). "Vision" (chazon), prophecy in its widest sense, denotes the revelation of God's will made through agents, which directed the course of events, and was intended to be coordinate with the supreme secular authority. The prophets were the instructors of the people in Divine things, standing witnesses of the truth and power of religion, teaching a higher than mere human morality. The fatal effect of the absence of such revelation of God's will is stated to be confusion, disorder, and rebellion; the people, uncontrolled, fall into grievous excesses, which nothing but high principles can restrain. We note the licence of Eli's time, when there was no open vision (1 Samuel 3.); in Asa's days, when Israel had long been without a teaching priest (2 Chronicles 15:3); and when the impious Ahaz "made Judah naked" (2 Chronicles 28:19); or when the people were destroyed by reason of lack of knowledge of Divine things (Hosea 4:6). Thus the importance of prophecy in regulating the life and religion of the people is fully acknowledged by the writer, in whose time, doubtless, the prophetical office was in full exercise: but this seems to be the only passage in the book where such teaching is directly mentioned; the instructors and preceptors elsewhere introduced as disseminating the principles of the chochmah being parents, or tutors, or professors, not inspired prophets. But he that keepeth the Law, happy is he! "The Law" (torah) is not merely the written Mosaic Law, but the announcement of God's will by the mouth of his representatives; and the thought is, not the blessedness of those who in a time of anarchy and irreligion keep to the authorized enactments of the Sinaitic legislation, but a contrast between the lawlessness and ruin of a people uninfluenced by religious guidance, and the happy state of those who obey alike the voice of God, whether conveyed in written statutes or by the teaching of living prophets. (For "happy is he," comp. Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 16:20.) Septuagint, "There shall be no interpreter (ἐξηγητὴς) to a sinful nation, but he that keepeth the Law is most blessed." 29:11. He is a fool who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel. 12. One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers. 13. Some are poor, others have a great deal of deceitful riches. They meet in the business of this world; the Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. To some of both sorts he gives his grace. 14. The rich will look to themselves, but the poor and needy the prince must defend and plead for. 15. Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence. 16. Let not the righteous have their faith and hope shocked by the increase of sin and sinners, but let them wait with patience. 17. Children must not be suffered to go without rebuke when they do amiss. 18. How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! and what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing.
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