Proverbs 14:12

12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 14:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
ESV
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
NLT
12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
MSG
12 There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell.
CSB
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 14:12 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man
As the way of sin and wickedness does, it promising much carnal pleasure and mirth; there is a great deal of company in it, it is a broad road, and is pleasant, and seems right, but it leads to destruction; so the way of the hypocrite and Pharisee that trusts to his own righteousness, and despises others, and even the righteousness of Christ; or however does not submit to it, but tramples upon him, and counts the blood of the covenant an unholy thing, and so is deserving of sorer punishment than the profane sinner; yet on account of his good works, as he calls them, fancies himself to be in a fair way for heaven and happiness; so Popery, through the pomp and grandeur and gaudiness of worship, through the lying miracles of the priests, and the air of devotion that appears in them, seems to be a right way; but the end thereof [are] the ways of death;
which lead unto eternal death; for that is the wages of sin, let it appear in what shape it will.

Proverbs 14:12 In-Context

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.
14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

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