Proverbs 12:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

New Living Translation
No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

English Standard Version
No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.

New American Standard Bible
No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.

King James Bible
There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No disaster overcomes the righteous, but the wicked are full of misery.

International Standard Version
No harm overwhelms the righteous, but the wicked overflow with trouble.

NET Bible
The righteous do not encounter any harm, but the wicked are filled with calamity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Nothing depraved is good to the righteous man, and the evil are filled with evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No [lasting] harm comes to a righteous person, but wicked people have lots of trouble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
No iniquity shall overtake the righteous: but the wicked shall be filled with evil.

King James 2000 Bible
There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with trouble.

American King James Version
There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

American Standard Version
There shall no mischief happen to the righteous; But the wicked shall be filled with evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whatsoever shall befall the just man. it shall not make him sad: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Darby Bible Translation
There shall no evil happen to a righteous [man]; but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

English Revised Version
There shall no mischief happen to the righteous: but the wicked shall be filled with evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

World English Bible
No mischief shall happen to the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.

Young's Literal Translation
No iniquity is desired by the righteous, And the wicked have been full of evil.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16. A foolish man is soon angry, and is hasty in expressing it; he is ever in trouble and running into mischief. It is kindness to ourselves to make light of injuries and affronts, instead of making the worst of them. 17. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. 18. Whisperings and evil surmises, like a sword, separate those that have been dear to each other. The tongue of the wise is health, making all whole. 19. If truth be spoken, it will hold good; whoever may be disobliged, still it will keep its ground. 20. Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities. But those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds. 21. If men are sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. But they that delight in mischief shall have enough of it. 22. Make conscience of truth, not only in words, but in actions. 23. Foolish men proclaim to all the folly and emptiness of their minds. 24. Those who will not take pains in an honest calling, living by tricks and dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly. 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. 26. The righteous is abundant; though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. Evil men vainly flatter themselves that their ways are not wrong. 27. The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer. 28. The way of religion is a straight, plain way; it is the way of righteousness. There is not only life at the end, but life in the way; all true comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - There shall no evil - mischief - happen to the just. The mischief (aven) intended is not misfortune, calamity, but the evil consequences that follow on ill-doing (Proverbs 22:8); from these the righteous are saved. Our Lord goes further, and says (Matthew 6:33), "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these (temporal) things shall be added unto you." Vulgate, "Nothing that happens can make a just man sorrowful;" for he knows it is all for the best, and he looks toward another life, where all seeming anomalies will be cleared up. Septuagint, "The just man takes pleasure in naught that is unjust." The wicked shall be filled with mischief; rather, with evil, moral and physical (Psalm 32:10). The Old Testament takes a general view of God's moral government without regarding special anomalies.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There shall no evil happen to the just,.... The evil of sin: no iniquity, as the Targum; which, and the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, interpret of sin not being agreeable, convenient, suit able, and pleasing to a righteous man. Moreover, the Lord, by his Spirit and grace, weakens the power of sin in them; and, by his providence, prevents and removes occasion of sinning; and by his power preserves from it, from being overcome and carried away with it, at least finally and totally. Or the evil of punishment is here meant; no penal evil shall befall them; the punishment of their sin has been inflicted on Christ their surety, and therefore shall never be laid on them; and whatever afflictions may happen to them, which have the name and appearance of evil, these work together for their good, spiritual and eternal; so that, in reality, no evil thing, properly speaking, happens to them; see Psalm 91:10. Or whatever does come to them comes not by chance unto them, but by the decree and will of God, and is overruled for good;

but the wicked shall be filled with mischief; or "with evil" (h), the evil of sin; with malice and wickedness, with all impiety and unrighteousness, with ignorance and error; with all kind of sins, both against the first and second table of the law, and so with all the consequences of sin: with the evil of punishment; with an evil conscience, with the terrors of it; with many distresses here, and with everlasting destruction hereafter. Some understand it of the mischief they devise to others, which they are full of and big with; and "though" they are, as Aben Ezra interprets the word, yet no evil shall happen to the righteous; the mischief contrived by them shall fall upon themselves.

(h) "malo", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. no evil—(as in Ps 91:10), under God's wise limitations (Ro 8:28).

mischief—as penal evil.

Proverbs 12:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble. 22Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.…
Cross References
1 Peter 3:13
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

Psalm 91:10
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

Psalm 121:7
The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life;

Proverbs 1:33
but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Proverbs 12:20
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 14:14
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

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

Ecclesiastes 8:5
Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
Treasury of Scripture

There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

no

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Corinthians 3:22,23 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, …

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

filled

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a …

Jeremiah 13:12-14 Therefore you shall speak to them this word; Thus said the LORD God …

Habakkuk 2:16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your …

Revelation 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double to her double according …

Jump to Previous
Befall Befalls Desired Evil Fill Filled Full Harm Ill Iniquity Mischief Righteous Sinners Trouble Upright Wicked
Jump to Next
Befall Befalls Desired Evil Fill Filled Full Harm Ill Iniquity Mischief Righteous Sinners Trouble Upright Wicked
Links
Proverbs 12:21 NIV
Proverbs 12:21 NLT
Proverbs 12:21 ESV
Proverbs 12:21 NASB
Proverbs 12:21 KJV

Proverbs 12:21 Bible Apps
Proverbs 12:21 Bible Suite
Proverbs 12:21 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 12:21 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 12:21 French Bible
Proverbs 12:21 German Bible

Alphabetical: are befalls but fill filled harm have No of righteous the their trouble wicked with

OT Poetry: Proverbs 12:21 No mischief shall happen to the righteous (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Proverbs 12:20
Top of Page
Top of Page