Proverbs 4:14
New International Version
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.

New Living Translation
Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers.

English Standard Version
Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.

Berean Study Bible
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.

King James Bible
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

New King James Version
Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.

New American Standard Bible
Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil people.

NASB 1995
Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.

NASB 1977
Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not proceed in the way of evil men.

Amplified Bible
Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not go the way of evil men.

Christian Standard Bible
Keep off the path of the wicked; don’t proceed on the way of evil ones.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't set foot on the path of the wicked; don't proceed in the way of evil ones.

American Standard Version
Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not go in the way of sinners and do not envy the way of the evil.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Go not in the ways of the ungodly, neither covet the ways of transgressors.

Contemporary English Version
Don't follow the bad example of cruel and evil people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not delighted in the paths of the wicked, neither let the way of evil men please thee.

English Revised Version
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil men.

Good News Translation
Do not go where evil people go. Do not follow the example of the wicked.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not stray onto the path of wicked people. Do not walk in the way of evil people.

International Standard Version
Do not enter the path of the wicked, or go along the way of evil men.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men.

Literal Standard Version
Do not enter into the path of the wicked, "" And do not be blessed in a way of evildoers.

NET Bible
Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of those who are evil.

New Heart English Bible
Do not enter into the path of the wicked. Do not walk in the way of evil men.

World English Bible
Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men.

Young's Literal Translation
Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Father's Instruction
13Hold on to instruction; do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life. 14Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. 15Avoid it; do not travel on it. Turn from it and pass on by.…

Cross References
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.

Proverbs 1:15
my son, do not walk the road with them or set foot upon their path.

Proverbs 4:15
Avoid it; do not travel on it. Turn from it and pass on by.


Treasury of Scripture

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

Proverbs 1:10,15
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not…

Proverbs 2:11,12
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: …

Proverbs 9:6
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.









Verse 14. - From admonition the father passes to warning. The connection with the preceding section is obvious. There are two ways diametrically opposite - the way of wisdom and the way of evil; the one the way of life, the other fraught with death, because a way of darkness and violence. As the father has dealt with the former, so now he deals with the latter. With these warnings we may also comp. Proverbs 1:10-15 and Proverbs 2:10-15, where much the same warning is given, and the way of the wicked is described in almost the same terms. The warning of the father takes a threefold form:

(1) enter not;

(2) go not;

(3) avoid.

In effect he says this is the only course to be adopted in order to keep a firm hold of Wisdom which he has counselled in the preceding verse (13). Enter not; al-tavo, from bo. "to come in," "to enter," i.e. do not even enter. The Vulgate renders, "Delight not in," evidently from reading tove, which occurs in Proverbs 1:10. But our reading is to be preferred, as avah, "to acquiesce in," from which tov'e, is not used with בִּ, here denoting place, but with לִ. Go not (al-t'ashsher); i.e. do not walk in. The two verbs "to enter" (bo) and "to go" (ishsher) stand in the relation of entering and going on - ingressus and progressus. So Gejerus and Delitzsch. The piel ishsher, here used, is properly "to go straight on," like the kal ashar, of which it is an intensive (cf. Proverbs 9:6). It is the bold, presumptuous walk, the stepping straight out of the evil, which is here indicated, and against this the father warns his son. The sense is, "If you have entered the way of the wicked, do not continue or persevere in it." The other meanings of the verb ashar, viz. "to guide straight" (Proverbs 23:19), "to esteem happy and prosperous" (Proverbs 31:28), are not in place here, as they destroy the parallelism of thought, and on the same ground the LXX. and Syriac renderings, "envy not" and μηδὲ ζηλώσῆς, are to be rejected. The wicked (ishaim), i.e. the godless (cf, Psalm 1:1), is parallel with "evil men" (raim), i.e. the habitually wicked.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

set foot
תָּבֹ֑א (tā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

on the path
בְּאֹ֣רַח (bə·’ō·raḥ)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of the wicked
רְ֭שָׁעִים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

[or]
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

walk
תְּ֝אַשֵּׁ֗ר (tə·’aš·šêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 833: To be straight, to go forward, be honest, proper

in the way
בְּדֶ֣רֶךְ (bə·ḏe·reḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of evil men.
רָעִֽים׃ (rā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil


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