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Proverbs 12:26


The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, 1  but the way of the wicked leads them astray.


Ps 16:3; Ps 18:12,13; Pr 12:13; Pr 17:27; Mt 5:46-48; Lu 6:32-36; Jas 1:13,14; 1Pe 2:18-21; 2Pe 2:18-22; 1Jo 2:26; Re 12:9; Re 13:14

NET © Notes

tn The line has several possible translations: (1) The verb יָתֵר (yater) can mean “to spy out; to examine,” which makes a good contrast to “lead astray” in the parallel colon. (2) יָתֵר could be the Hophal of נָתַר (natar, Hiphil “to set free”; Hophal “to be set free”): “the righteous is delivered from harm” [reading mera`ah] (J. A. Emerton, “A Note on Proverbs 12:26,” ZAW 76 [1964]: 191-93). (3) Another option is, “the righteous guides his friend aright” (cf. NRSV, NLT).

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