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Proverbs 12:26

    Proverbs 12:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduces them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked causeth them to err.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The upright man is a guide to his neighbour, but the way of evil-doers is a cause of error to them.

    Webster's Revision

    The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked causeth them to err.

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The righteous is a guide to his neighbour: but the way of the wicked causeth them to err.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 12:26

    The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor - That is, if the neighbor be a wicked man. The spirit of the proverb lies here: The Poor righteous man is more excellent than his sinful neighbor, though affluent and noble. The Syriac has it, "The righteous deviseth good to his neighbor." A late commentator has translated it, "The righteous explore their pastures." How מרעהו can be translated Their pastures I know not; but none of the versions understood it in this way. The Vulgate is rather singular: Qui negligit damnum propter amicum, justus est. "He who neglects or sustains a loss for the sake of his friend, is a just man." The Septuagint is insufferable: "The well-instructed righteous man shall be his own friend." One would hope these translators meant not exclusively; he should love his neighbor as himself.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 12:26

    Is more excellent than - Rather, the just man guides his neighbor.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 12:26

    12:26 Neighbour - Than any other men. Seduceth - Heb. maketh them to err, to lose that excellency or happiness which they had promised themselves.