Proverbs 16:17

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The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
– Proverbs 16:17

[T]he word for highway means a road or course and is used figuratively for course of life. Departing from evil has a moral overtone and sums to more than simply avoiding pitfalls (Proverbs 16:6). The word for upright means straight and the way is obviously a straight and righteous way (Proverbs 11:3). The word for preserveth means to hedge about, or to guard. The second phrase is more than security in the sense of walking safely (Proverbs 10:9). By guarding his way, the upright man is guarding his soul (Proverbs 19:16).

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