Proverbs 11:19
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New International Version
Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.

New Living Translation
Godly people find life; evil people find death.

English Standard Version
Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.

New American Standard Bible
He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.

King James Bible
As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Genuine righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil leads to death.

International Standard Version
Genuine righteousness leads to life, but whoever pursues evil will die.

NET Bible
True righteousness leads to life, but the one who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A son of righteousness has life and he who does evil has death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As righteousness leads to life, so whoever pursues evil finds his own death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As righteousness is unto life, so he that pursues evil pursues it unto his own death.

King James 2000 Bible
As righteousness leads to life: so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.

American King James Version
As righteousness tends to life: so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.

American Standard Version
He that is stedfast in righteousness'shall attain unto life; And he that pursueth evil doeth it to his own death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Clemency prepareth life: and the pursuing of evil things, death.

Darby Bible Translation
As righteousness [tendeth] to life, so he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.

English Revised Version
He that is stedfast in righteousness shall attain unto life: and he that pursueth evil doeth it to his own death.

Webster's Bible Translation
As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

World English Bible
He who is truly righteous gets life. He who pursues evil gets death.

Young's Literal Translation
Rightly is righteousness for life, And whoso is pursuing evil -- for his own death.
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 19. - This verse is not to be connected with the preceding, as in the margin of the Revised Version, "so righteousness," etc., each couplet in these chapters being independent, the connection, such as it is, being maintained by the use of catchwords, such as "righteous," "wicked," "upright," etc. As righteousness tendeth to life. The various uses of the first word כֵן (ken) have led to different renderings. The Authorized Version takes it for "as;" the Revised Version as an adjective: He that is steadfast in righteousness. It is, perhaps, better, with Nowack, to regard it as an adverb: "He who is honestly, strictly, of righteousness, is to life." The meaning is plain: real, genuine righteousness hath the promise of this life and of that which is to come (1 Timothy 4:8). The LXX., reading בֵן (ben), translate, "A righteous son is born for life." He that pursueth evil (Proverbs 13:21); Septuagint, "the persecution of the impious," i.e. that which an impious man inflicts. But the Authorized Version is correct, and the clause means that he who practises evil brings ruin eventually on himself - a warning trite, but unheeded (comp. Proverbs 1:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As righteousness tendeth to life,.... Or, is unto life: not mere outward acts of moral righteousness; these may be done where there is no principle of spiritual life, and are no other than dead works, and will never bring to everlasting life; indeed the best righteousness of man's is no justification of life, nor can it entitle to it, nor is meritorious of it. Godliness, or true holiness, has the promise of this life and that to come, 1 Timothy 4:8; and so here in the Hebrew text it is, "unto lives" (x), in the plural number. Internal grace, or powerful godliness, which is the new man that is created in righteousness, gives a meetness for everlasting life, and issues in it; particularly the righteousness of Christ, as that is a perfectly justifying one; it makes a man alive in a law sense, and gives a title and claim to eternal life;

so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death; or, it is "to his own death"; it issues in that: not he that is overtaken in a fault, or falls into sin through the infirmity of the flesh and the force of temptation, but such who eagerly follow after it and overtake it; who give up themselves unto it, weary themselves in committing it, draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope; these often by their sins bring diseases upon them, which end in a corporeal death; or by means of which they come into the hand of the civil magistrate, and are capitally punished; and, however, die the second death, or an eternal one, the just wages of sin, Romans 6:23.

(x) "ad vitas", Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Inference from Pr 11:18 (compare Pr 11:5, 6; 10:16).

Proverbs 11:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
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. 20The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight.…
Cross References
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

James 1:15
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Proverbs 1:18
These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!

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

Proverbs 12:28
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Proverbs 21:16
Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.
Treasury of Scripture

As righteousness tends to life: so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.

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Proverbs 10:16 The labor of the righteous tends to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

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