Proverbs 19:23

23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Proverbs 19:23 in Other Translations

23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
23 Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.
23 Fear-of-God is life itself, a full life, and serene - no nasty surprises.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life; one will sleep at night without danger.

Proverbs 19:23 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 19:23

The fear of the Lord [tendeth] to life
"Godliness", of which the fear of the Lord is a principal part, has "the promise of this life and that to come", ( 1 Timothy 4:8 ) : the fear of God is the beginning of a spiritual life; and it leads to eternal life, as Gersom observes, and is connected with it; and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied;
with his lot and portion in this life; with the good things of it he has, being content therewith and "godliness with contentment is great gain", ( 1 Timothy 6:6 ) : such a man has enough; he has all things in a spiritual sense; he is full of the blessings of goodness; he is blessed with all spiritual blessings; his mouth is satisfied, and his mind is filled with good things; and so he rests and abides night after night, and day after day; he shall not be visited with evil;
nothing shall hurt him; all his afflictions, his worst things, his evil ones: work together for his good; and they shall never separate from the love of God, nor anything that befalls him in this life, ( Romans 8:28 Romans 8:38 Romans 8:39 ) ; see ( Psalms 91:10 ) .

Proverbs 19:23 In-Context

21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love ; better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Job 4:7; S Proverbs 10:27; Psalms 25:13; Proverbs 12:21; 1 Timothy 4:8
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