Proverbs 11:23
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New International Version
The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

New Living Translation
The godly can look forward to a reward, while the wicked can expect only judgment.

English Standard Version
The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

New American Standard Bible
The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

King James Bible
The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath.

International Standard Version
The desire of the righteous is to seek good, but the hope of the wicked results in wrath.

NET Bible
What the righteous desire leads only to good, but what the wicked hope for leads to wrath.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The desire of the righteous is in excellent things, and the hope of the evil, in sensual passion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The desire of righteous people ends only in good, but the hope of wicked people ends only in fury.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The desire of the righteous is only good, but the hope of the wicked is wrath.

King James 2000 Bible
The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

American King James Version
The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

American Standard Version
The desire of the righteous is only good; But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The desire of the just is all good: the expectation of the wicked is indignation.

Darby Bible Translation
The desire of the righteous is only good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

English Revised Version
The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Webster's Bible Translation
The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

World English Bible
The desire of the righteous is only good. The expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Young's Literal Translation
The desire of the righteous is only good, The hope of the wicked is transgression.
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 23. - (Comp. Proverbs 10:28.) The desire of the righteous is only good. They want only what is just and honest, and therefore they obtain their wiches. The expectation of the wicked - that on which they set their hope and heart - is wrath (Proverbs 11:4), is an object of God's wrath. Other commentators, ancient and modern, take the clause to imply that the wishes of evil men, animated by wrath and ill temper, are only satisfied by inflicting injuries on others. Delitzsch would translate ebrah, "excess," "presumption," as in Proverbs 21:24. But the first interpretation seems most suitable (scrap. Romans 2:8, 9). The LXX., pointing differently, for "wrath" reads "shall perish."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The desire of the righteous is only good,.... Or, "what is good" (z); only good is the object of it. His desire is to do good, and that only; though be does not always do what he would do: as he delights in the law of God, after the inward man; as he is a righteous, holy, and good man, and would be conformable thereunto, and serves it with his mind, will, and affections; his desires are to the Lord, and to the remembrance of his name; he desires his favour, the discoveries of his love, communion with him, and communications of grace from him; he desires all spiritual good things, and everything that is good, for himself and others, and which he desires in submission to the will of God; and all things do work for and issue in his good. Good is what he is continually desirous of, wishing and praying for; and good is what he has eventually here and hereafter: though there may be many irregular and unlawful desires in him at times, and all things he has may not seem good; yet acting as a good man, his desires are only good, and there is nothing attends him but what is for his good;

but the expectation of the wicked is wrath; what he is desirous of, wishing, and looking for, is wrath and vengeance upon all that displease him, and he is angry with; he desires no good to them, but evil; he desires and hopes for nothing but what is offensive to God, and will bring upon him his fierce wrath and sore displeasure; so that eventually nothing else will be the fruit and consequence of his expectation and hope; and some are so shockingly profane, and so dreadfully hardened, that they wait for hell, as Jarchi on the place observes; they look for damnation and expect it, and are easy about it.

(z) "tantummodo bonum quid est", Michaelis; "tantum bonum", Cocceius; "nihil cupiunt quod bonum non sit", Mercerus; "tamen bonum quid", Gussetius, p. 39.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. (Compare Pr 10:28).

wrath—is that of God.

Proverbs 11:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
22As a ring of gold in a swine's snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion. 23The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.…
Cross References
Romans 2:8
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Romans 2:9
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;

Proverbs 10:28
The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Proverbs 11:24
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
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The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

desire

Psalm 10:17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that …

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires …

Psalm 39:7,8 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you…

Psalm 119:5,10 O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!…

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit …

Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: …

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: …

expectation

Proverbs 11:7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope …

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation …

Romans 2:8,9 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, …

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