Proverbs 11:31
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New International Version
If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

New Living Translation
If the righteous are rewarded here on earth, what will happen to wicked sinners?

English Standard Version
If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

New American Standard Bible
If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!

King James Bible
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the righteous will be repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and sinful.

International Standard Version
If the righteous receive what they are due here on earth, how much more will the wicked and the sinner.

NET Bible
If the righteous are recompensed on earth, how much more the wicked sinner!

New Heart English Bible
Look, if the righteous is delivered with difficulty, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If the righteous lives with hardship, where will the wicked and the sinner be found?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If the righteous person is rewarded on earth, how much more the wicked person and the sinner!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, the righteous shall be requited in the earth; How much more the wicked and the sinner!

New American Standard 1977
If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
            How much more the wicked and the sinner!



Jubilee Bible 2000
The righteous shall certainly be recompensed in the earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner!

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed on the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

American King James Version
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

American Standard Version
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked and the sinner!

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the just man receive in the earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, the righteous shall be requited on the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner.

English Revised Version
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed upon the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

World English Bible
Behold, the righteous shall be repaid in the earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, the righteous in the earth is recompensed, Surely also the wicked and the sinner!

Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. 31If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!
Cross References
1 Peter 4:18
And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

2 Samuel 22:21
"The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

2 Samuel 22:25
"Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes.

Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 13:21
Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

Jeremiah 25:29
"For behold, I am beginning to work calamity in this city which is called by My name, and shall you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth," declares the LORD of hosts.'
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

2 Samuel 7:14,15 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, …

2 Samuel 12:9-12 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in …

1 Kings 13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and …

Jeremiah 25:29 For, see, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my …

1 Corinthians 11:30-32 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep…

1 Peter 4:17,18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

(31) Behold the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth.--That is, even he shall be punished for his misdeeds, as were Jacob, Moses, David; how much more shall "the wicked and the sinner." The LXX. translates freely, "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" a rendering adopted in 1Peter 4:18.

Verse 31. - The righteous shall be recompensed in the earth. Them are two ways of understanding this verse. The word rendered "recompensed," שַׁלַַ(shalam), is a vox media, and can be taken either in a good or bad sense. So the meaning will be, "The righteous meets with his reward upon earth, much more the sinner," the "reward" of the latter being, of course, punishment. But the versions lead to another interpretation, by which "recompensed" is rendered "chastised;" and the meaning is - if even the righteous shall be punished for their trespasses, as Moses, David, etc., how much more the wicked! The Septuagint, quoted exactly by St. Peter (1 Peter 4:18) has, "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"



Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth,.... Which Aben Ezra understands of the recompence of their good works. There is a reward for the righteous, and which they have now in keeping, though not "for" keeping, the commandments of God; they have the promise of this life, as well as of that which is to come, and which is made good to them; they have every good thing now which is proper and convenient for them; and they shall be recompensed in the new earth, in which only righteous persons will dwell. But it seems better, with Jarchi, to interpret it of the recompence of their sins and transgressions; that is, of their chastisements and afflictions, with which they are chastised by their heavenly Father, when they sin against him; which are all in love and for their good; and which they have only here on earth, while they are in this world; they will be all over in another, when there will be no more sin, and no more chastisement for it, much less condemnation; see 1 Corinthians 11:32;

much more the wicked and the sinner; who shall not only be punished on earth as they often are, but in hell to all eternity. The Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render the whole thus; "if the righteous be scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" Which words are used by the Apostle Peter, to show, that if judgment or chastisement begin at the house of God, or with the righteous, that the end of the wicked must be very bad; which entirely agrees with the sense of this passage; see 1 Peter 4:17; a "behold" is prefixed to the whole, as a note, either of admiration, or rather of attention to what is sure and certain, and worthy of regard and consideration. The Targum is,

"behold, the righteous are strengthened in the earth; but the wicked and the sinners shall be consumed out of the earth;''

which seems to agree with Aben Ezra's sense of the words; see Psalm 104:35. 31. Behold—Thus calling attention to the illustrations (compare Pr 11:23), the sentiment of which is confirmed even in time, not excluding future rewards and punishments. 11:28. The true believer is a branch of the living Vine. When those that take root in the world wither, those who are grafted into Christ shall be fruitful. 29. He that brings trouble upon himself and his family, by carelessness, or by wickedness, shall be unable to keep and enjoy what he gets, as a man is unable to hold the wind, or to satisfy himself with it. 30. The righteous are as trees of life; and their influence upon earth, like the fruits of that tree, support and nourish the spiritual life in many. 31. Even the righteous, when they offend on earth, shall meet with sharp corrections; much more will the wicked meet the due reward of their sins. Let us then seek those blessings which our Surety purchased by his sufferings and death; let us seek to copy his example, and to keep his commandments.
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