Proverbs 13:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.

New Living Translation
Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.

English Standard Version
Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.

New American Standard Bible
Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

King James Bible
Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Disaster pursues sinners, but good rewards the righteous.

International Standard Version
Disaster pursues the sinful, but good will reward the righteous.

NET Bible
Calamity pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sinners will pursue affliction, and the righteous ones will be given precious things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Disaster hunts down sinners, but righteous people are rewarded with good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

King James 2000 Bible
Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

American King James Version
Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

American Standard Version
Evil pursueth sinners; But the righteous shall be recompensed with good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
21Evil pursueth sinners: and to the just good shall be repaid.

Darby Bible Translation
Evil pursueth sinners; but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

English Revised Version
Evil pursueth sinners: but the righteous shall be recompensed with good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

World English Bible
Misfortune pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
Evil pursueth sinners, And good recompenseth the righteous.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Evil pursueth sinners. Sinners suffer not only the natural consequences of crime in external evil, injury to body, estate, reputation, etc. (Psalm 11:6), but also stings of conscience and remorse; even seeming prosperity is often a chastisement, and long impunity is only augmenting the coming retribution. As the shadow attends the substance, so guilt is attached to sin, and brings with it punishment. To the righteous good shall be repaid; or, he, Jehovah, shall repay good (comp. Proverbs 12:14); Revised Version, "The righteous shall be recompensed with good." They shall have the answer of a good conscience, happiness here and hereafter. Septuagint, "Good shall take possession of (or, overtake) the righteous."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Evil pursueth sinners,.... They pursue the evil of sin, and the evil of punishment pursues them, and at last overtakes them; their damnation, though it may seem to slumber and linger, it does not; it is upon the full speed after them, and will quickly seize upon them. Some understand this of the evil of sin in the conscience, which pursues the sinner, and fills him with terror;

but to the righteous good shall be repaid; or, "he shall recompense the righteous with good" (u), or "good to the righteous"; that is, God shall do it; for all the good things they have done, from a right principle, and to a right end; which good works of theirs will pursue and follow them; and for all the ill things they have suffered for righteousness's sake, a reward of grace, though not of debt, will be given them; as they have had their evil things here, they shall have their good things hereafter; as well as are often recompensed in this life, either in themselves or in their posterity, as follows.

(u) "et justis reddet bonum", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "justes remunerabit Deus bono", Michaelis; "justis autem bonum rependet", Tigurine version, Piscator, so Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. (Compare Pr 11:31).

good … repaid—or, "He (God) will repay good."

Proverbs 13:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
20He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity. 22A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.…
Cross References
Psalm 32:10
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Psalm 54:5
Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.

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

Proverbs 13:13
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

Proverbs 17:13
Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

Isaiah 47:11
Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.
Treasury of Scripture

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