Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.
Godliness helps people all through life, while the evil are destroyed by their wickedness.
A God-loyal life keeps you on track; sin dumps the wicked in the ditch.
Righteousness keeps safe him whose way is without error, but evil-doers are overturned by sin.
Righteousness guards one whose way is upright, but sin overthrows the wicked.
Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.
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1 sn Righteousness refers to that which conforms to law and order. One who behaves with integrity will be safe from consequences of sin.
2 tn Heb “blameless of way.” The term דָּרֶךְ (darekh) is a genitive of specification: “blameless in respect to his way.” This means living above reproach in their course of life. Cf. NASB “whose way is blameless”; NAB “who walks honestly.”
3 sn Righteousness and wickedness are personified in this proverb to make the point of security and insecurity for the two courses of life.