International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
path, path’-wa (orach, nethibhah, etc.; tribos, trochia):
(1) In the Ge 49:17), it has very frequently a figurative meaning..--In addition to its obvious literal sense (e.g.
(b) The term is also applied to God either (i) of the methods of the Divine Providence, God’s dealings with men (Ps 25:10; 65:11), or (ii) of the principles and maxims of religion and morality divinely revealed to man ("Show me thy ways, O Yahweh, teach me thy paths," Ps 25:4; compare Isa 2:3).
(2) In the Apocrypha we have the "paths" of Wisdom (tribos, Baruch 3:21,31); the "path" shown to men by the Law (semita, 2 Esdras 14:22); and a man’s "paths" (tribos, Tobit 4:10).
(3) In the Mt 3:3 and parallel passages Mr 1:3; Lu 3:4 (of the forerunner’s work), and in Heb 12:13 (in the Old Testament ethical sense).the word occurs only in
Pathway occurs in Pr 12:28 (derekh nethibhah) and 5:10 (atrapos).
D. Miall Edwards