The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
– Proverbs 12:26
The language of this proverb is difficult and the interpretations various. The word for excellent means to explore, or search out. The word for seduceth means to wander, vacillate, or go astray. The contrast is between the different effects the righteous and the wicked have on their neighbor. The searching out indicates a careful guidance and the wandering indicates going astray from the way of wisdom.