Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There is a way which seemeth right vnto a man: but the end thereof are the wayes of death.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There is a way {which seems} right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.
- Basic English Bible

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death.
- Darby Bible

There is a way which seemeth right to a man, but the end of it are the ways of death.
- Webster's Bible

There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
- World English Bible

There is a way -- right before a man, And its latter end [are] ways of death.
- Youngs Literal Bible

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:12


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.


Discussion for Proverbs 14:12

  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.
  • Jack Woodard for verse 12
    Only through Jesus can you have eternal life. There are many who reject Jesus as the way, believing in their own human wisdom that their way is also a valid way to please God and possess eternal life Cain 's Religion , but all of these many broad roads will lead to hell the 2nd death
  • For me it means that there's some deeds we do with the thought that it's good but it end up contrasting with the word of God
  • Henry James for verse 12
    This passage is just trying to let us understand that the thought of God is not our thought
  • What the Bible seems to be saying is that man apart from God cannot devise any plan which brings ultimate success. Man's plans apart from God always fail which leads to the death of someone or something. Simply, man is inadequate
    on his own. Jesus said it clearly " apart from me you can do nothing".
  • Patrick Burchfield for verse 12
    I'm not sure the bible explains what that way is however it does tell us who they are. Matt. 7:22 gives us a description of there people. They believe beyond a doubt they have done what the Lord wanted but the works they do are not by faith they are by sight. The bible say's faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1 So you see without faith it is impossible to please God

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