Proverbs 4:18
New International Version
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

New Living Translation
The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

English Standard Version
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Berean Study Bible
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

New American Standard Bible
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

King James Bible
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Christian Standard Bible
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

Contemporary English Version
The lifestyle of good people is like sunlight at dawn that keeps getting brighter until broad daylight.

Good News Translation
The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

International Standard Version
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that grows brighter until the full light of day.

NET Bible
But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.

New Heart English Bible
But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the way of the righteous ones is like the shining light, and the light progresses until the day is established.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the path of righteous people is like the light of dawn that becomes brighter and brighter until it reaches midday.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the path of the righteous is as the light of dawn, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

New American Standard 1977
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the path of the just is as the light of the morning star, that shines more and more until the day is perfect.

King James 2000 Bible
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.

American King James Version
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

American Standard Version
But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forwards and increaseth even to perfect day.

Darby Bible Translation
But the path of the righteous is as the shining light, going on and brightening until the day be fully come.

English Revised Version
But the path of the righteous is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more to the perfect day.

World English Bible
But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.

Young's Literal Translation
And the path of the righteous is as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established,
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
A Father's Instruction
17since they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 18The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday. 19But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Philippians 2:15
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world

2 Samuel 23:4
is like the light of the morning at sunrise of a cloudless dawn, the glistening after the rain on the sprouting grass of the earth.'

Job 11:17
Your life will be brighter than noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.

Job 17:9
Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and the one with clean hands will grow stronger.

Psalm 84:7
They go from strength to strength, until each appears before God in Zion.

Psalm 97:11
Light is sown on the righteous, gladness on the upright in heart.

Proverbs 2:9
Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity--every good path.

Proverbs 2:20
So you will follow in the ways of good men, and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.

Proverbs 15:24
The path of life leads upward for the wise, that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

Isaiah 26:7
The path of the righteous is level; You clear a straight path for the righteous.

Daniel 12:3
Then the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Treasury of Scripture

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

2 Samuel 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, …

Job 11:17 And your age shall be clearer than the noonday: you shall shine forth, …

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come …

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Zechariah 14:6,7 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be …

Matthew 5:14,16,45 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid…

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …







Lexicon
The path
וְאֹ֣רַח (wə·’ō·raḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of the righteous
צַ֭דִּיקִים (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

is like the first gleam
כְּא֣וֹר (kə·’ō·wr)
Preposition-k | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary

of dawn,
נֹ֑גַהּ (nō·ḡah)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5051: Brilliancy

shining brighter
הוֹלֵ֥ךְ (hō·w·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

and brighter until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

midday.
נְכ֥וֹן (nə·ḵō·wn)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect
(18) But the path of the just . . .--The just have the Lord for their light (Psalm 27:1), on them the "Sun of righteousness" has arisen (Malachi 4:2). as "the light of the morning, even a morning without clouds" (2Samuel 23:4), and this light, that is, their knowledge of God, will become clearer and clearer till the "perfect day," when they shall see Him as He is (1John 3:2). (Comp. Job 11:17; and Notes on Proverbs 6:23.)

Verse 18. - A contrast is drawn in this and the following verse between the path of the just and the way of the wicked. The former is, by an extremely beautiful image, likened to the light at dawn, which goes on increasing in brightness and intensity as the day advances, until at length it reaches its meridian splendour and glory. An exactly similar figure is found in David's last words (2 Samuel 23:4). The path of the just; i.e. their moral course. As the shining light (k'or nogah); i.e. as the light of dawn. The word nogah, from nagah, "to shine," is a noun, and properly signifies "brightness," "shining." "splendour." It is used also to designate the dawn, the light of the sun when it first mounts the horizon, and sheds its beams over the landscape, as in Isaiah 9:3, "Kings (shall come) to the brightness (nogah) of thy rising;" and Isaiah 62:1, "Until the righteousness thereof go forth as the brightness (nogah)" (cf. 2 Samuel 23:4, where the same word also occurs). Michaelis and Schultens refer nogah to "the path," and render, "The path of the just is splendid as the light." So Dathe and others; and in this sense it was understood by the LXX., "The path of the just shall shine as the light shines." The Vulgate renders, quasi lux splendens. That shineth more and more (holek vaor); literally, going and shining - a common Hebrew idiom denoting progression or increase. The construction of the participle holek, from halak, "to go," with the participle of another verb, is found in 1 Samuel 17:41, "The Philistine came nearer and nearer (holek v'karev);" 1 Samuel 2:26. "The child Samuel grew on more and more (holek v'hadel)" (cf. 2 Chronicles 17:12; Jonah 1:11). Unto the perfect day (ad-n'kon hayyom); Vulgate, usque ad perfectam diem. The Hebrew, n'kon hayyom, corresponds to the Greek, ἡ σταθερὰ, equivalent to "the high noon," when the sun seems to stand still in the heavens. The figure, as Fleiseher remarks, is probably derived from the balance, the tongue of the balance of day, which before or after is inclined either to the right or the left, being at midday perfectly upright, and as it were firm. So kun, the unused kal, from which n'kon, the niph. participle, is derived, is "to stand upright," and in hiph. "to be set," "to stand firm," "to be established," and hence the expression might be rendered, "until the steady, or established day," which, however, refers to the midday, or noon, and not to that point when day succeeds dawn, as Rosenmuller and Schultens on Hosea 6:3 maintain. The comparison is not extended beyond the midday, because the wish of the father was to indicate the full knowledge which the just attain in God, and which can knew of no decline. A similar figure of gradual development is found in our Lord's parable of the seed growing secretly (Mark 4:28), and is visible in Psalm 84:7, "They grow from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God." The verse illustrates the gradual growth and increase of the righteous in knowledge, holiness, and joy, all of which are inseparably connected in the career of such. 4:14-27 The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearest way to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will end ill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is not said, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; never think you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteous is light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light. The saints will not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shall shine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness. The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fall into sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble, but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, nor what will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid to shun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence. We must set a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doing hurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to put away a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turned from beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking by the rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord and Master. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow thee more closely for the time to come.
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