Proverbs 11:18
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New International Version
A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

New Living Translation
Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.

English Standard Version
The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

King James Bible
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.

International Standard Version
Evil people earn deceptive wages, but those who plant righteousness are truly rewarded.

NET Bible
The wicked person earns deceitful wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a genuine reward.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked does works of depravity, and truth is the reward of him who sows righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person earns dishonest wages, but whoever spreads righteousness earns honest pay.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked works a deceitful work, but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

American King James Version
The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

American Standard Version
The wicked earneth deceitful wages; But he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked maketh an unsteady work: but to him that soweth justice, there is a faithful reward.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked worketh a deceitful work; but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

English Revised Version
The wicked earneth deceitful wages: but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

World English Bible
Wicked people earn deceitful wages, but one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked is getting a lying wage, And whoso is sowing righteousness -- a true reward.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - A deceitful work; work that brings no reward or profit, belying hope, like "fundus mendax" of Horace, 'Od.,' 3:1, 30. The Septuagint has, "unrighteous works," which seems a jejune rendering, and does not bring out the contrast of the sure reward in the second member (comp. Proverbs 10:2, 16). To him that soweth righteousness (Hosea 10:12; Galatians 6:8, 9). To "sow righteousness" is to act righteously, to live in such a way that the result is holiness. The "reward," in a Jew's eyes, would be a long life in which to enjoy the fruits of his good conduct. We Christians have a better hope, which is, perhaps, adumbrated by this analogy: as the seed sown in the field does not produce its fruit till the time of harvest, so righteousness meets with its full recompense only in the great harvest at the end of all things. The Revised Version renders, The wicked earnnth deceitful wages: but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward. This makes a good antithesis. The Septuagint renders the last clause, "but the seed of the righteous is a true reward (μισθὸς ἀληθείας)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The wicked worketh a deceitful work,.... Such a wicked man as before described; that neither enjoys the good things of life he has, nor suffers others to enjoy them; and all to accumulate riches, which are deceitful and perishing; and who abstains from meats, which God has created for use, under a pretence of religion, and so deceives his own soul; and indeed every sin which a wicked man commits is a deceitful work; it promises him that pleasure, or profit, or liberty, which it does not give him, and in the issue is the ruin of him; and so all false doctrines, propagated by deceitful workers, are deceitful works, by which they deceive the simple, and at last themselves; they "obtain a deceitful reward of their work", as Gussetius (w) renders it;

but to him that soweth righteousness; does acts of beneficence and liberality; see 2 Corinthians 9:9; and all other good works, or works of righteousness,

shall be a sure reward; according to what a man sows, and the manner in which he sows, so shall he reap, 2 Corinthians 9:6; or, "a reward of truth"; instead of being given up to believe a lie, he shall receive the love of the truth, and abide in it, which will bring him to eternal glory and happiness; he being chosen to it through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth, 2 Thessalonians 2:10; and, instead of a deceitful reward, shall have a true, real, solid, and substantial one.

(w) Ebr. Comment. p. 692.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. a deceitful work—or, "wages," which fail to satisfy, or flee away (Pr 10:2; 23:5).

sure reward—or, "gain," as from trading (Ho 10:12; Ga 6:8, 9).

Proverbs 11:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
17The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm. 18The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward. 19He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.…
Cross References
John 4:36
Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.

Galatians 6:8
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

James 3:18
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Exodus 1:20
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.

Proverbs 10:16
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

Hosea 10:12
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.
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Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

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Galatians 6:8,9 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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