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Proverbs 14:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— There is a way [which seems] right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— There is a way which seemeth right to a man, but the end of it [are] the ways of death.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— There is a way that enticeth a man, but, at the latter end thereof, are the ways of death!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— There is a way—right before a man, And its latter end [are] ways of death.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— There is a way which seemeth just to a man: but the ends thereof lead to death.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— There is a way which seemeth right vnto a man: but the end thereof [are] the wayes of death.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— There is a way which seems to be right with men, but the ends of it reach to the depths of hell.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
There is 3426
{3426} Prime
יֵשׁ
yesh
{yaysh}
Perhaps from an unused root meaning to stand out, or exist; entity; used adverbially or as a copula for the substantive verb (H1961); there is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection).
a way 1870
{1870} Prime
דֶּרֶךְ
derek
{deh'-rek}
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
which seemeth right 3477
{3477} Prime
יָשָׁר
yashar
{yaw-shawr'}
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
unto 6440
{6440} Prime
פָּנִים
paniym
{paw-neem'}
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
a man, 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
but the end 319
{0319} Prime
אַחֲרִית
'achariyth
{akh-ar-eeth'}
From H0310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity.
thereof [are] the ways 1870
{1870} Prime
דֶּרֶךְ
derek
{deh'-rek}
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of death. 4194
{4194} Prime
מָוֶת
maveth
{maw'-veth}
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:12

_ _ end thereof — or, “reward,” what results (compare Proverbs 5:4).

_ _ ways of death — leading to it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:12

_ _ We have here an account of the way and end of a great many self-deluded souls. 1. Their way is seemingly fair: It seems right to themselves; they please themselves with a fancy that they are as they should be, that their opinions and practices are good, and such as will bear them out. The way of ignorance and carelessness, the way of worldliness and earthly-mindedness, the way of sensuality and flesh-pleasing, seem right to those that walk in them, much more the way of hypocrisy in religion, external performances, partial reformations, and blind zeal; this they imagine will bring them to heaven; they flatter themselves in their own eyes that all will be well at last. 2. Their end is really fearful, and the more so for their mistake: It is the ways of death, eternal death; their iniquity will certainly be their ruin, and they will perish with a lie in their right hand. Self-deceivers will prove in the end self-destroyers.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 14:12

Right — There are some evil courses which men may think to be lawful and good. The end — The event shews that they were sinful and destructive.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
Proverbs 30:12 [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: ... Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
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Pv 12:15; 16:25; 30:12. Mt 7:13. Lk 13:24. Ro 6:21. Ga 6:3. Ep 5:6. Jm 1:22.

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