Proverbs 4:27

27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:27 in Other Translations

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
27 Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
27 Don't turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.

Proverbs 4:27 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 4:27

Turn not to the right hand nor to the left
Either into the road of immorality and profaneness, or into that of error, superstition, and false worship; but attend to the way of holiness and truth, directed to in the word of God; see ( Isaiah 30:21 ) ; nor be moved out of it by threatenings and menaces, nor by flatteries and promises; neither be cast down with adversity, nor be lifted up with prosperity; but keep on in an even way, attending to that which is just and right; leaving all events with God, as knowing you are in the way of your duty, and in which he would have you walk; remove, by foot from evil;
from walking in evil ways and along with evil men, and from doing evil things; abstain from all appearance of evil, keep at a distance from it; the evil of sin brings on the evil of punishment. There are two verses added in the Septuagint, Arabic, and Vulgate Latin versions, which are not in the Hebrew text;

``for the ways which are on the right hand God knoweth; but those that are on the left are perverse. He will make thy paths right, and promote thy goings in peace.''

Proverbs 4:27 In-Context

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Leviticus 10:11; S Deuteronomy 5:32; Deuteronomy 28:14
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