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Proverbs 21:8

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked: but as for the pure, his work is right.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Very crooked is the way of a guilty man; but as for the pure, his work is upright.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Crooked is the way of a guilty man, but, as for the pure, straight is his dealing.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Froward [is] the way of a man who is vile, And the pure—upright [is] his work.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The perverse way of a man is strange: but as for him that is pure, his work is right.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— The way of some is peruerted and strange: but of the pure man, his worke is right.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The way of man [is] froward and strange: but as for the pure; his worke [is] right.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— He who perverts his own way acts strangely; but he who is pure, his works are right.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— To the froward God sends froward ways; for his works are pure and right.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The way 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of man 376
{0376} Prime
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.).
[is] froward 2019
{2019} Prime
By reduplication from H2015; very perverse.
and strange: 2054
{2054} Prime
Presumed to be from an unused root meaning to bear guilt; crime.
but [as for] the pure, 2134
{2134} Prime
From H2141; clear.
his work 6467
{6467} Prime
From H6466; an act or work (concretely).
[is] right. 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:8

_ _ of man — any one; his way is opposed to truth, and also estranged from it. The pure proves himself such by his right conduct.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:8

_ _ This shows that as men are so is their way. 1. Evil men have evil ways. If the man be froward, his way also is strange; and this is the way of most men, such is the general corruption of mankind. They have all gone aside (Psalms 14:2, Psalms 14:3); all flesh have perverted their way. But the froward man, the man of deceit, that acts by craft and trick in all he does, his way is strange, contrary to all the rules of honour and honesty. It is strange, for you know not where to find him nor when you have him; it is strange, for it is alienated from all good and estranges men from God and his favour. It is what he behold afar off, and so do all honest men. 2. Men that are pure are proved to be such by their work, for it is right, it is just and regular; and they are accepted of God and approved of men. The way of mankind in their apostasy is froward and strange; but as for the pure, those that by the grace of God are recovered out of that state, of which there is here and there one, their work is right, as Noah's was in the old world, Genesis 7:1.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 21:8

The way — Of every man by nature. Strange — Estranged from God. Right — But he whose heart is pure, his conversation is agreeable to it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Genesis 6:5-6 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. ... And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Job 15:14-16 What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous? ... How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Psalms 14:2-3 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God. ... They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This [is] an evil among all [things] that are done under the sun, that [there is] one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness [is] in their heart while they live, and after that [they go] to the dead.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Ephesians 2:2-3 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: ... Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another.


Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.
Proverbs 30:12 [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit.
Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Peter 1:22-23 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently: ... Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 John 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
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Gn 6:5, 12. Jb 15:14. Ps 14:2. Pv 15:26; 30:12. Ec 7:29; 9:3. Dn 12:10. Mt 5:8; 12:33. Ac 15:9. 1Co 3:3. Ep 2:2. Tit 1:15; 2:14; 3:3, 5. 1P 1:22. 1Jn 2:29; 3:3.

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