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Proverbs 12:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked causeth them to err.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The righteous guideth his neighbour; but the way of the wicked misleadeth them.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The righteous man guideth his neighbour, but, the way of the lawless, leadeth them astray.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The righteous searcheth his companion, And the way of the wicked causeth them to err.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that neglecteth a loss for the sake of a friend, is just: but the way of the wicked shall deceive them.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The righteous [is] more excellent then his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A just arbitrator shall be his own friend; but mischief shall pursue sinners; and the way of ungodly men shall lead them astray.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
[is] more excellent 8446
{8446} Prime
A primitive root; to meander (causatively guide) about, especially for trade or reconnoitring.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
than his neighbour: 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
but the way 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
seduceth 8582
{8582} Prime
A primitive root; to vacillate, that is, reel or stray (literally or figuratively); also causatively of both.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:26

_ _ more excellent — (Compare Margin); or, “more successful,” while the wicked fail; or, we may read it: “The righteous guides his friend, but,” etc., that is, The ability of the righteous to aid others is contrasted with the ruin to which the way of the wicked leads themselves.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:26

_ _ See here, 1. That good men do well for themselves; for they have in themselves an excellent character, and they secure to themselves an excellent portion, and in both they excel other people: The righteous is more abundant than his neighbour (so the margin); he is richer, though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. There is a true excellency in religion; it ennobles men, inspires them with generous principles, makes them substantial; it is an excellency which is, in the sight of God, of great price, who is the true Judge of excellency. His neighbour may make a greater figure in the world, may be more applauded, but the righteous man has the intrinsic worth. 2. That wicked men do ill for themselves; they walk in a way which seduces them. It seems to them to be not only a pleasant way, but the right way; it is so agreeable to flesh and blood that they therefore flatter themselves with an opinion that it cannot be amiss, but they will not gain the point they aim at, nor enjoy the good they hope for. It is all a cheat; and therefore the righteous is wiser and happier than his neighbour, that yet despise him and trample upon him.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 12:26

Neighbour — Than any other men. Seduceth — Heb. maketh them to err, to lose that excellency or happiness which they had promised themselves.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 12:26

The righteous (l) [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

(l) That is, more liberal in giving.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
Proverbs 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Psalms 16:3 [But] to the saints that [are] in the earth, and [to] the excellent, in whom [is] all my delight.
Matthew 5:46-48 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? ... Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Luke 6:32-36 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. ... Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
1 Peter 2:18-21 Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. ... For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

or, abundant


Psalms 18:12-13 At the brightness [that was] before him his thick clouds passed, hail [stones] and coals of fire. ... The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail [stones] and coals of fire.
James 1:13-14 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: ... But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
2 Peter 2:18-22 For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. ... But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
1 John 2:26 These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
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Ps 16:3; 18:12. Pv 12:13; 17:27. Mt 5:46. Lk 6:32. Jm 1:13. 1P 2:18. 2P 2:18. 1Jn 2:26. Rv 12:9; 13:14.

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