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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 2:8

 

 

Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

saints - The devout and God-fearing. Compare Psalm 85:8 etc. The occurrence of the word here, in a book that became more and more prominent as prophetic utterances ceased, probably helped to determine its application in the period of the Maccabean struggles to those who especially claimed for themselves the title of “devout” (Chasidim, the ̓Ασιδαῖοι Asidaioiof 1 Maccabees 7:13).


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-2.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He keepeth the paths of judgment,.... That is, the Lord keeps them; he does that which is just and right himself, in the course of his providence, and in the methods of his grace; and as he guides the feet of his people in the ways of righteousness and holiness, he keeps them there from turning out of them. The words may be rendered, "to keep the paths of judgment"F17לנצר "ad custodiendum", Pagninus, Montanus; "ad servandum", Baynus, Schultens. ; and so expresses the end, fruit, and effect of the Lord's being a buckler to them, as he is said to be in Proverbs 2:7, he is their shield and protection, so as either to keep them in the right ways in which they should go; or that they might studiously observe them, and keep walking therein, without stumbling in them, or declining from them;

and preserveth the way of his saints; to whom he has been kind and bountiful; or who have been merciful, liberal, and generous to others; who having partook of the grace of God themselves, are useful to men: the Targum calls them "righteous ones". These the Lord preserves by his power and grace, in the way in which he has led them, and which is his own way, safe to his kingdom and glory: for none of his saints, his holy and righteous ones, shall ever perish; the way in which he directs them, and in which he keeps them, leads to everlasting life; see 1 Samuel 2:9.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-2.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

way — God defends the right way, and those in it.

saints — objects of favor (compare Psalm 4:3, etc.). He guides and guards them.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Path of judgment — Righteous paths, judgment being here put for righteousness. And keeping of paths may be put for keeping them in their paths.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-2.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Ver. 8. He keepeth the paths of judgment.] Well may they walk uprightly that are so strongly supported. God’s hand is ever under his; they cannot fall beneath it. "He keepeth the feet of his saints." [1 Samuel 2:9]


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-2.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He keepeth the paths of judgment; he guardeth and guideth the paths or ways, i.e. the counsels and actions, of good men, as the next clause explains this, which are called

paths of judgment, or righteous paths; judgment being here put for righteousness, as it is in Psalms 99:4, and oft elsewhere. And keeping of paths may be put for keeping them in their paths, so as they shall neither swerve from them, nor stumble and fall in them. And preserve the way of his saints; the same thing repeated in other words.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-2.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8. He keepeth the paths of judgment — He watches over the paths of justice; that is, to guard those who walk in them. This verse is an enlargement of the idea of the preceding one, especially of the defensive conception of the latter clause of Proverbs 2:7.

The way of his saints — His pious, devout, or zealous ones. That is, he superintends them in all their walks and ways. The word חסידים, (hhasadhim,) saints, occurs also in Psalms 85:8; Psalms 148:14; Psalms 149:9.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-2.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Justice. In his servants. (Calmet) --- God gives them grace to follow virtue, (Haydock) and protects them from every danger. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-2.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

He keepeth = for preserving. See note on Proverbs 4:23.

the paths of judgment = righteous paths.

preserveth, &c. Illustrations: David (1 Samuel 25:32-34; 1 Samuel 27:1. Compare 2 Samuel 22:1); Paul (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

saints = favoured ones. Hebrew. chasidim. The first occurrence in Proverbs of this word which marks a later Jewish sect called chasidim or holy ones.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-2.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

He keepeth the paths of judgment - Hebrew, 'so as that [li-] He may keep the paths of judgment' - i:e., that He may cause the upright to keep the paths of judgment-that they may have a right judgment in all things. This is the end for which He is a "buckler" to them (Proverbs 2:7).

And preserveth the way of his saints. This is the secret of their 'walking uprightly' (Proverbs 2:7), which they could not do of themselves. "Saints" - Hebrew, chasidaiv; literally, the merciful (those who have obtained mercy, and so are merciful), the pious, the godly (Ps. 91:11; 27:23-24; 1 Samuel 2:9 , "He will keep the feet of his saints").


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) He keepeth the paths of judgment—i.e., protects those who walk in them.

His saints.—Or rather, His ardent worshippers (chasîdîm), a term used in the Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 33:8) of the tribe of Levi, for their zeal in God’s service (Exodus 32), and of very frequent occurrence in the Psalter. The word “saint” rather implies dedication to God, as Israel was a “holy nation (Exodus 19:6) to God, and Christians (Philippians 1:1) are now in the same position. The term châsîd, at the time of the Maccabees, was assumed by such “as were voluntarily devoted to the law” (1 Maccabees 2:42), in opposition to those who favoured the Greek religion and culture.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-2.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
keepeth
8:20; Psalms 1:6; 23:3; 121:5-8; Isaiah 35:9; 49:9,10; John 10:28,29
and
3:21-24; Deuteronomy 33:3,26-29; 1 Samuel 2:9; Psalms 37:23,24,28,31; 66:9; 145:20; Jeremiah 32:40,41; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:24

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-2.html.

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