Proverbs 21:8

“The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure; his worke is right.”

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Other Translations

The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right.
- King James Version

The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Twisted is the way of him who is full of crime; but as for him whose heart is clean, his work is upright.
- Basic English Bible

Very crooked is the way of a guilty man; but as for the pure, his work is upright.
- Darby Bible

The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
- Webster's Bible

The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
- World English Bible

Froward [is] the way of a man who is vile, And the pure -- upright [is] his work.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The way of man is froward and strange; but as for the pure, his work is right.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 21:8

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.

Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:30 there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against THE LORD HEBREWS 10:31 it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living GOD HEBREWS 10:36 for you have need of patience that after you have done the will of GOD you might receive the promise PSALM 119:1 blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of THE LORD
  • Will of my father
    A brawling woman is not a Godly woman. The man and the woman must yield to the leading of the Holy Ghost just as the bride of Christ (the chuch) to Him that your prayers be not hindered. Check out 1 Peter 3
  • Donna
    I'm shocked and sadden. Are these Christians responding here. You talk only about the nagging wife.-But there is a root to this fruit. "Why?" She is responding to something wrong. How she responds gets on the man's nerves, but there is something the man is lacking here. It is responsiblity. When she responds like this, it may make you want to be anywhere but there, but She has unmet needs. Love h
  • Benny
    Clay it's just saying who can mess with the creator? You can't touch his absolute superiority on all counts.
  • Cynthia
    In life there are so many enemies of destiny and talking about our plans most times gives them the edge to manipulate. It is better to talk your plans over to God than man. He will give you better direction. So, thank God for this word that came to me today as a reminder that I should talk less about my plans and depend on God to help achieve my plans. Also, I don t need to have an opinion in every matter that is brought around me. Sometimes, people capitalize on the word you say and use it against you. I have been in so many situations to know that most times having no opinion is better than be a smart aleck . So yes, He who keeps his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from trouble.
  • BSP
    It is important that we keep our words in check and we can avoid a lot of problems if we think before we speak.

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