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Proverbs 4:12

    Proverbs 4:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When you go, your way will not be narrow, and in running you will not have a fall.

    Webster's Revision

    When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

    World English Bible

    When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

    Definitions for Proverbs 4:12

    Straitened - Hindered; impeded.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 4:12

    Thy steps shall not be straitened - True wisdom will teach thee to keep out of embarrassments. A man under the influence of true religion ponders his paths, and carefully poises occurring circumstances; and as the fear of God will ever lead him to act an upright and honest part, so his way in business and life is both clear and large. He has no by-ends to serve; he speculates not; he uses neither trick nor cunning to effect any purpose. Such a man can never be embarrassed. His steps are not straitened; he sees his way always plain; and when a favorable tide of Providence shows him the necessity of increased exertion, he runs, and is in no danger of stumbling.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 4:12

    The ever-recurring parable of the journey of life. In the way of wisdom the path is clear and open, obstacles disappear; in the quickest activity ("when thou runnest") there is no risk of falling.