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Do not envy a man of violence,
and do not choose any of his roads. Bible

“roads.” The Hebrew text of Proverbs uses quite a few different words referring to roads and paths. This is the Hebrew word derek (#01870 דֶּרֶךְ), referring to a road, not just a small path or pathway. Of course most biblical “roads” were just dirt paths, but even so a “road” was bigger and more well-worn than a “path.” It is possible that the word “road” is intentionally chosen here because there are many things a violent man might do that are not his “roads,” that is, what he does often and intentionally.


Commentary for: Proverbs 3:31