Proverbs 11:5

5 Moral character makes for smooth traveling; an evil life is a hard life.

Proverbs 11:5 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:5

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way
Or "make [it] plain" F6; that is, the righteousness of those who are perfect in Christ, complete in him, perfectly justified by his righteousness; that righteousness makes their way plain; it is the direct way, the highway, the pathway to eternal life and happiness; see ( Proverbs 12:28 ) ; but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness;
or, "in his wickedness" F7: in his own wicked way, which he has chosen and delights to walk in; he shall stumble therein, and fall into ruin and destruction, into hell and damnation: or by means or because of it he will fall; his wickedness will be the cause of his fall; as it will be the cause of the fall of Babylon, ( Revelation 18:2 Revelation 18:5 ) .


F6 (rvyt) "rectam facit", Cocceius; "complanat viam ejus", Schultens.
F7 (wtevrb) "in impietate sua", Tigurine version, Montanus, Baynus, Michaelis; "improbitate sua", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "in injustitia sua", Cocceius; "in improbitate sua turbulenta", Schultens.

Proverbs 11:5 In-Context

3 The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.
4 A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.
5 Moral character makes for smooth traveling; an evil life is a hard life.
6 Good character is the best insurance; crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.
7 When the wicked die, that's it - the story's over, end of hope.
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