He keeps watch on the ways which are right, and takes care of those who have the fear of him.
He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.
He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
in order to guard those on paths of justice and to watch over the way of his godly ones.
to guard* the paths of the righteous* and to protect* the way of his pious ones.*
2:8 to guard183
tn The infinitive construct לִנְצֹר (lintsor, “to guard”) designates the purpose of the Lord> giving “effective counsel” and being a “shield” to the upright. The verb נָצַר (natsar, “to guard”) has a broad range of meanings: (1) to watch over, guard or protect a vineyard from theft (Prov 27:18); (2) to guard one’s lips or heart from evil (Prov 4:23; 13:3); (3) to protect a person from moral or physical danger (Prov 2:8, 11; 4:6; 13:6; 20:28; 22:12; 24:12) and (4) to guard with fidelity = to observe commands, law or covenant (Prov 3:1, 21; 4:13; 5:2; 6:20; 28:7; see BDB 665-66 s.v.). Here God guards the way of the just, that is, the course and conduct of life from the influence of evil.
the paths of the righteous184
tnHeb “paths of righteousness.” The word “righteousness” is a possessive genitive, signifying the ways that the righteous take.
and to protect185
tn The imperfect tense verb יִשְׁמֹר (yishmor, “to protect”) continues the syntactical nuance of the preceding infinitive construct of purpose.
the way of his pious ones.186
tc The Kethib is the singular noun + 3rd person masculine singular suffix חֲסִידוֹ (khasido) “his pious one.” The Qere reads the plural noun + 3rd person masculine singular suffix חֲסִידָיו (khasidav) “his pious ones.” The LXX εὐλαβουμένων αὐτόν (eujlaboumenwn aujton) supports the Qere reading.
tn The noun חֶסֶד (khesed, “the pious”) describes those who show “covenantal faithful love” or “loyal love” to God and his people. The description of the righteous by this term indicates their active participation in the covenant, for which God has promised his protection.