Proverbs 4:12
New International Version
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

New Living Translation
When you walk, you won't be held back; when you run, you won't stumble.

English Standard Version
When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.

Berean Study Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; when you run, you will not stumble.

New American Standard Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

King James Bible
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Christian Standard Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.

Contemporary English Version
Your road won't be blocked, and you won't stumble when you run.

Good News Translation
Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.

International Standard Version
When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

NET Bible
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

New Heart English Bible
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when you walk, your walking will not quake, and if you run, you will not stumble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you walk, your stride will not be hampered. Even if you run, you will not stumble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When thou goest, thy step shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

New American Standard 1977
When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When thou goest in these paths, thy steps shall not be hindered; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

King James 2000 Bible
When you go, your steps shall not be hindered; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

American King James Version
When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

American Standard Version
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For when thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not be distressed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

English Revised Version
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

World English Bible
When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

Young's Literal Translation
In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.
Study Bible
A Father's Instruction
11I will guide you in the way of wisdom; I will lead you on straight paths. 12When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; when you run, you will not stumble. 13Hold on to instruction; do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:37
You broaden the path beneath me so that my ankles do not give way.

Job 18:7
His vigorous stride is shortened, and his own schemes trip him up.

Psalm 18:36
You broaden the path beneath me so that my ankles do not give way.

Psalm 91:11
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 119:45
And I will walk in freedom, for I have sought Your precepts.

Proverbs 3:23
Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.

Treasury of Scripture

When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

thou goest

Proverbs 6:22
When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

2 Samuel 22:37
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.

Job 18:7,8
The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down…

thou shalt

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 3:23
Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

Psalm 91:11,12
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways…

she

Proverbs 3:22
So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

1 Peter 2:8
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

1 John 2:10,11
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him…







Lexicon
When you walk,
בְּֽ֭לֶכְתְּךָ (bə·leḵ·tə·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

your steps
צַעֲדֶ֑ךָ (ṣa·‘ă·ḏe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6806: A pace, regular step

will not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

be impeded;
יֵצַ֣ר (yê·ṣar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3334: Be distressed, be narrow, be straitened in straits, be vexed

when
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you run,
תָּ֝ר֗וּץ (tā·rūṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7323: To run

you will not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

stumble.
תִכָּשֵֽׁל׃ (ṯik·kā·šêl)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3782: To totter, waver, to falter, stumble, faint, fall
Verse 12. - In this verse the father depicts the benefits and advantages which shall follow from "receiving his words" (ver. 10), i.e. from attending to his counsels and imbibing the principles of wisdom. The whole course of life shall be freed from obstacles or impediments, from anxiety, perplexity, or difficulty, or from vacillation. When thou goest may refer to the daily walk, to the common and ordinary events or circumstances incidental to life, just as the corresponding when thou runnest may refer to cases of emergency when promptness and decisive action are called for. In both cases Wisdom, by inspiring unity of principle, gives freedom of movement; in ordinary cases it removes embarrassment and perplexity arising from conflicting interests drawing now in one direction, now in another, and in extraordinary cases it supplies a rule of conduct which prevents our falling into mistakes and errors. Or the verse may refer to the prosperity which shall attend all the undertakings of those who are in Wisdom's ways, whether they advance slowly or rush forward with the impetuosity of youth, whether they act with deliberation or with haste. Shall not be straitened (lo-yetsar); i.e. shall not be narrowed or confined; Vulgate, non arctabuntur; LXX., οὑ συγκλεισθήσεται, The future yetsar only occurs four times in the Scriptures - here, and Job 18:7; Job 20:22; Isaiah 49:19. It is usually derived from the root yatsar, which, however, is not found, cognate with tsur, "to straiten," "to be narrow." Yetsar, however, always occurs in the passive sense, though an active signification is given it by the Rabbi Nathan ben Jechiel, quoted by Delitzsch, in loc., who renders, "Thou shall not need to bind together, or hedge up thy way." The roots yatsar and tsur partake more or less of the idea of binding up, oppressing, putting into narrow and confined circumstances and limits. By the expression that "the steps are straitened" we may understand, therefore, that there is a want of freedom for their movements, and consequently that they are impeded or cramped. The Arabic expression. "to contract the feet," signifies the diminishing of good fortune. Compare the similar expression in Job 18:7, "The steps of his strength shall be straitened." The psalmist presents the idea of the verse under a different form, "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, so that my feet did not slip" (Psalm 17:36). Thou shalt not stumble; lo-thik-kashel, hiph. future. The niph. nikshal, equivalent to the kal kadshal, signifies properly "to totter," "to sink down," used of one about to fall. The primary idea, however, usually disregarded, of kashal, is "to totter in the ankles," equivalent to the Latin talipedare. It occurs again in Proverbs 4:16, and is a different verb from "stumble" in Proverbs 3:23 (which see). 4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
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