Proverbs 11:21
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New International Version
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.

New Living Translation
Evil people will surely be punished, but the children of the godly will go free.

English Standard Version
Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.

New American Standard Bible
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

King James Bible
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.

International Standard Version
Be sure of this: the wicked will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will go free.

NET Bible
Be assured that the evil person will certainly be punished, but the descendants of the righteous will not suffer unjust judgment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that stretches his hand against his neighbor will not be innocent of evil, and the seed of the righteous will be delivered.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the descendants of righteous people will escape.

Jubilee Bible 2000
No matter how many covenants he has made with death, the wicked shall not be absolved, but the seed of the righteous shall escape.

King James 2000 Bible
Though they join hand to hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the descendants of the righteous shall be delivered.

American King James Version
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

American Standard Version
Though hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished; But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hand in hand the evil man shall not be innocent: but the seed of the just shall be saved.

Darby Bible Translation
Hand for hand! an evil [man] shall not be held innocent; but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

English Revised Version
Though hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

World English Bible
Most certainly, the evil man will not be unpunished, but the seed of the righteous will be delivered.

Young's Literal Translation
Hand to hand, the wicked is not acquitted, And the seed of the righteous hath escaped.
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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 21. - Though hand join in hand (Proverbs 16:5); literally, hand to hand, which may be taken variously. The Septuagint and some other versions take the phrase in the sense of unjust violence: "He who layeth hand upon hand unjustly;" Vulgate, manus in manu, "hand in hand," which is as enigmatical as the Hebrew. Some Jewish interpreters consider it an adverbial expression, signifying simply "soon." Some moderns take it to mean "sooner or later," as the Italian da mano in mano, or, in succession of one generation after another (Gesenius, Wordsworth). Others deem it a form of adjuration, equivalent to "I hereby attest, my hand upon it!" And this seems the most probable interpretation; assuredly the Divine justice shall be satisfied by the punishment of the wicked (comp. Psalm 37.). The Authorized Version gives a very good sense: "Though hands be plighted in faith, and men may associate together in evil, the wicked shall not go unpunished" (comp. Isaiah 28:15). St. Gregory ('Mor. in Job,' lib. 25.) takes a very different view: "Hand in hand the wicked shall not be innocent;" for hand is wont to he joined with hand when it rests at ease, and no laborious employment exercises it. As though he were saying, "Even when the hand rests from sinful deeds, yet the wicked, by reason of his thoughts, is not innocent" (Oxford transl.). This exposition is, of course, divorced from the context. The seed of the righteous. This is not "the posterity of the righteous," but is a periphrasis for "the righteous," as in Psalm 24:6; Psalm 112:2, "the generation of the righteous" (comp. Isaiah 65:23). The climax which some see here - as if the author intended to say, "Not only the good themselves, but their descendants also shall be delivered" - is non-existent and unnecessary. Septuagint, "But he that soweth righteousness shall receive a sure reward," which is another rendering of the second member of ver. 18. Shall be delivered; i.e. in the time of God's wrath (vers. 4, 23; Proverbs 2:22).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished,.... Though they give the hand to one another, unite in their counsels, enter into combinations, confederacies, and strict alliances, and join all their force and strength together; or though with both hands, with all their might and main, endeavour to secure themselves, yet they shall not go unpunished. This may be exemplified in the kings of the earth, that will join each other, and gather their armies together, to make war against Christ; when they will be conquered, taken, and slain, Revelation 19:19. Jarchi interprets it, "from hand to hand", and explains it thus; from the hand of God into their hand shall come the reward of their work, and shall not go unpunished: to which may be added, even though there may be a succession of parents and children, and their substance may be handed down from the one to the other, yet at last just punishments will take place. To which is opposed,

but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered; these are the seed of the church in all successive ages; the seed that are accounted of by the Lord for a generation; particularly the remnant of the woman's seed, that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ; against whom the dragon, the old serpent the devil, was wroth, and went forth to make war, in order utterly to destroy them; but they escaped his hands, were delivered from him, and preserved by the power and grace of God, as a seed to serve him, Revelation 12:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. The combined power of the wicked cannot free them from just punishment, while the unaided children of the righteous find deliverance by reason of their pious relationship (Ps 37:25, 26).

Proverbs 11:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
20The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight. 21Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered. 22As a ring of gold in a swine's snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:20
The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

Proverbs 11:22
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Jeremiah 44:15
Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present--a large assembly--and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah,
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