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Proverbs 11:19 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that is stedfast in righteousness [shall attain] unto life; And he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who is steadfast in righteousness [will attain] to life, And he who pursues evil [will bring about] his own death.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— As righteousness [tendeth] to life, so he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A righteous son, [turneth] to life, but, he that pursueth wickedness, to his own death.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Rightly [is] righteousness for life, And whoso is pursuing evil—for his own death.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Clemency prepareth life: and the pursuing of evil things, death.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As righteousnesse [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth euill, [pursueth it] to his owne death.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A righteous son is born for life: but the persecution of the ungodly [ends] in death.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As x3651
(3651) Complement
From H3559; properly set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjugation) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles).
righteousness 6666
{6666} Prime
From H6663; rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).
[tendeth] to life: 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
so he that pursueth 7291
{7291} Prime
A primitive root; to run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively (of time) gone by).
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
evil 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
[pursueth it] to his own death. 4194
{4194} Prime
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 11:19

_ _ Inference from Proverbs 11:18 (compare Proverbs 11:5, Proverbs 11:6; Proverbs 10:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 11:19

_ _ It is here shown that righteousness, not only by the divine judgment, will end in life, and wickedness in death, but that righteousness, in its own nature, has a direct tendency to life and wickedness to death. 1. True holiness is true happiness; it is a preparative for it, a pledge and earnest of it. Righteousness inclines, disposes, and leads, the soul to life. 2. In like manner, those that indulge themselves in sin are fitting themselves for destruction. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits the more eagerly bent he is upon his own destruction; he awakens it when it seemed to slumber and hastens it when it seemed to linger.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Proverbs 10:16 The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.


Proverbs 1:16-19 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. ... So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Proverbs 7:22-23 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; ... Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.
Proverbs 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Romans 2:8-9 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, ... Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
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