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Proverbs 29:18

    Proverbs 29:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Where there is no vision, the people are uncontrolled; but he who keeps the law will be happy.

    Webster's Revision

    Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    World English Bible

    Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but one who keeps the law is blessed.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 29:18

    Where there is no vision - My old MS. Bible, following the Vulgate, translates: Whan prophecye schal failen, the peple schal ben to scatered. Where Divine revelation, and the faithful preaching of the sacred testimonies, are neither reverenced nor attended, the ruin of that land is at no great distance.

    But he that keepeth the law, happy is he - Go how it may with others, he shall be safe. So our Lord: "Blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it."

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 29:18

    Vision - The word commonly used of the revelation of God's will made to prophets. Compare Isaiah 1:1; Nahum 1:1.

    When prophetic vision fails, obedience to the Law is the best or only substitute for it, both being forms through which divine wisdom is revealed. Very striking in the midst of ethical precepts is this recognition of the need of a yet higher teaching, without which morality passes into worldly prudence or degenerates into casuistry. The "wise man," the son of David, has seen in the prophets and in their work the condition of true national blessedness. The darkest time in the history of Israel had been when there "was no open vision 1 Samuel 3:1; at such a time the people "perish," are let loose, "are left to run wild."