Proverbs 2:9

9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.

Proverbs 2:9 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
The Message Bible (MSG)
9 So now you can pick out what's true and fair, find all the good trails!
American Standard Version (ASV)
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, [yea], every good path.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair-- every good course [in life].
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity-every good path.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
9 You will understand what is right and honest and fair. You will understand the right way to live.

Proverbs 2:9 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 2:9

Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment
This is another fruit and effect of the Gospel, and of a spiritual understanding of it; that besides the knowledge of God, and how to behave with reverence towards him, ( Proverbs 2:5 ) ; it leads men into a notion of doing that which is right and just among men; it gives them not only a theoretic but a practical understanding of justice, and a true judgment of what is right and wrong; or gives such an understanding thereof as that they practise it; for it teaches men to live soberly, righteously, and godly, ( Titus 2:11 Titus 2:12 ) . It is not only a revelation and ministration of the righteousness of Christ as the only matter of a sinner's justification before God; and informs a man's judgment so that he can distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, good and bad notions and practices; but it influences his actions, life, and conversation, and engages him to do works of righteousness from the best principles, upon the best motives, and with the best views; and equity; [yea], every good path;
that is, so to understand equity, as to do that which is equitable between man and man; and to understand every good path which the word of God directs to, even all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, so as to walk in them; these things the Gospel acquaints men with, and urges them to observe: or the words may be rendered, either "the rectitude" or "equity of fall good paths", as the Syriac version; how just, and right, and plain, and equitable, everyone is, and therefore ought to be walked in; or "plainnesses", or "most plain", is or shall be "every good path" F18, to them that have a spiritual and experimental knowledge of the Gospel; and by it an understanding of their duty. One word signifies "plain" and "straight", and another "round" F19, and both are true of the path of righteousness; for though it is a circle of duty saints walk in, yet straight and plain.


F18 So Schmidt.
F19 (Myrvym) "complanationes", Schultens; (lgem) "orbitam", Montanus; "ab (lge) rotundus", Gejerus.

Proverbs 2:9 In-Context

7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 1:16
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