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A walkway. Two contrasting paths are a common image for rival ways of life in Hebrew wisdom literature. The path of the wicked (Proverbs 4:14 ) who forget God (Job 8:13 ) is crooked (Proverbs 2:15 ). This approach to life contrasts with the path of righteousness (Psalm 23:3 ; Proverbs 2:13 ,Proverbs 2:13,2:20 ). This alternate path is called the path of God (compare Psalm 17:5 ; Psalm 25:4 ,Psalms 25:4,25:10 ) and of light (Job 24:13 ). This life-path entails living by the commands or instruction of the Lord (Psalm 119:1 ; Proverbs 10:17 ). The reward for following this path is life (Proverbs 10:17 ; Proverbs 12:28 ; compare Psalm 16:11 ; Proverbs 2:19 ; Proverbs 5:6 ). The wise are those who follow this way (Proverbs 15:24 ). The paths of justice (Proverbs 2:8 ; Proverbs 8:20 ), peace (Proverbs 3:17 ), and rightenousness refer to the practice of these qualities.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Path'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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