Proverbs 1:16

16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

Proverbs 1:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 They're racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on.
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 because they rush to do evil and hurry to shed blood.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 They are always in a hurry to sin. They are quick to spill someone's blood.

Proverbs 1:16 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:16

For their feet run to evil
To the evil of sin, to commit robberies and murder, and all manner of iniquity; they are eager upon it, and in haste and swift to do it, ( Proverbs 6:18 ) F24; being carried away with their inordinate affections, which are as feet to the soul; and drawn aside with their lusts, and pushed on by Satan, and, encouraged by one another, and so rush on headlong to the evil of punishment also; and which is a reason why their ways and paths should be abstained from, because they bring upon them swift destruction; it is to their own hurt they run, as Jarchi interprets it; though the first sense seems best to agree with what follows; and make haste to shed blood;
the blood of innocent persons, in order to get their substance, to cover their iniquity and shame, and that no information may be given of them; this is mentioned as having something very horrible in it, in order to deter from joining with them.


F24 "Velox ad facinus", Claudian. in Rufin. l. 1. v. 240.

Proverbs 1:16 In-Context

14 cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”—
15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 15:31
  • 2. Proverbs 6:18; Isaiah 59:7
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