Pastor Bill Farrow
I think that we all have at least a bit of a grasp on the idea of integrity and the way that this character trait has the profound effect on a person. For many, this concept of human integrity and the effect that it can have (and hopefully DOES have) on our behavior is fairly common. It is commonly thought of as a positive and valuable quality, to be seem with esteem and developed with some real zeal. The word is one rarely used in the Hebrew OT. “Toom-maw” being used only 5 time in the OT. It could be rendered as purity or innocence and so, in the context of one’s character carries the idea of innocence or respectability, speaking of a spotless character.
Many commentators to note (here and many other places in Proverbs) that what Solomon describes in terms like he uses here speak in numerous fashions of the path of righteousness and, Solomon being a Prophet of God, is ultimately descriptive and prophetic of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the perfectly Righteous One (John 14:6). Here and in other places in the Book, we can clearly see that all other ways lead to destruction (cp. Matt. 7:13–14; Acts 4:12).