Proverbs 11:7
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New International Version
Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.

New Living Translation
When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength.

English Standard Version
When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too.

New American Standard Bible
When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes.

King James Bible
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the wicked man dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes.

International Standard Version
When a wicked person dies, his hope vanishes; and what he expected from his scheming comes to nothing.

NET Bible
When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, and the hope of his strength perishes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whenever an evil man has died, his hope has perished, and the hope of the evil perishes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At the death of a wicked person, hope vanishes. Moreover, his confidence in strength vanishes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the wicked man dies, his hope perishes, and the hope of unjust men shall perish.

King James 2000 Bible
When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.

American King James Version
When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.

American Standard Version
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perisheth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When the wicked man is dead, there shall be no hope any more: and the expectation of the solicitous shall perish.

Darby Bible Translation
When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish; and the hope of evil [men] perisheth.

English Revised Version
When a wicked man dieth his expectation shall perish: and the hope of iniquity perisheth.

Webster's Bible Translation
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

World English Bible
When a wicked man dies, hope perishes, and expectation of power comes to nothing.

Young's Literal Translation
In the death of a wicked man, hope perisheth, And the expectation of the iniquitous hath been lost.
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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 7. - His expectation; that which he hoped for and set his heart upon, worldly prosperity, long life, impunity, - all are cut off, and the moral government of God is confirmed, by his death (Psalm 73:17-19). (For "the hope of the ungodly," see the forcible expressions in Wisd. 5:14.) Of unjust men; Vulgate sollicitorum; Septuagint, τῶν ἀσεβῶν. The word seems to mean "vanities," i.e. "men of vanity" - abstract for concrete. Others translate, "godless hope," or "expectation that bringeth grief," or "strong, self-confident men;" "men in the fulness of their vigour." But the rendering of the Authorized Version is well supported, and the two clauses are coordinate. The Septuagint, in order to accentuate the implied antithesis, has seemingly altered the text, and introduced a thought which favours the immortality of the soul, "When a righteous man dieth, hope perisheth not; but the boast of the wicked perisheth" (Wisd. 3:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish,.... His expectation of a longer life, of getting more riches, attaining to more honour, enjoying more pleasure here, and of having happiness hereafter, and of being delivered from wrath to come; he will then find, when he comes to die, that his expectations in this world are vain, and those which respect happiness in another world are ill-grounded; or when he dies, the expectation of others that depended on him, trusted in him, and looked for great things from him, will then be at an end;

and the hope of unjust men perisheth; which is as the giving up of the ghost, and expires when a man does; it is only in this life, or however it ceases when that does; he has no hope in his death, as the righteous man has; if he does not live without hope in the world, he has none when he goes out of it, or that will be of any use unto him: moreover, the hope of "unjust" men to oppress and injure others ceases when they die, Job 3:17. The word rendered unjust men is by some (h) understood of strength, substance, riches; and so the meaning may be, that such a hope that is placed in strength and riches perishes at death. Jarchi interprets it of children, which are a man's substance; as if the sense was, that the hope of the children of such persons is then cut off.

(h) "expectatio virium", Gejerus; "spes in viribus collocata", Michaelis; "spes confidentium in divitiis", Munster; so some in Vatablus; "divitiarum", Pagniaus, Baynus; "roborum", Montanus, Amama.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. expectation … perish—for death cuts short all his plans (Lu 16:25).

hope of unjust—better, "hope of wealth," or "power" (compare Isa 40:29, Hebrew). This gives an advance on the sentiment of the first clause. Even hopes of gain die with him.

Proverbs 11:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
6The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed. 7When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes. 8The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place.…
Cross References
Job 8:13
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

Job 8:14
What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider's web.

Psalm 112:10
The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

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

Proverbs 11:8
The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.
Treasury of Scripture

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