Proverbs 14:19
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New International Version
Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

New Living Translation
Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

English Standard Version
The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

King James Bible
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The evil bow before those who are good, the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

International Standard Version
Evil men will bow down in the presence of good men and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

NET Bible
Those who are evil will bow before those who are good, and the wicked will bow at the gates of the righteous.

New Heart English Bible
The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil will fall in front of the good and the evil will come to the door of the righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evil people will bow to good people. Wicked people will bow at the gates of a righteous person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The evil bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

New American Standard 1977
The evil will bow down before the good,
            And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those who are evil shall bow before those who are good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

American King James Version
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

American Standard Version
The evil bow down before the good; And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The evil shall fall down before the good: and the wicked before the gates of the just.

Darby Bible Translation
The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous [man].

English Revised Version
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

World English Bible
The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
The evil have bowed down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
18The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 19The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:36
'Everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, "Please assign me to one of the priest's offices so that I may eat a piece of bread."'"

Proverbs 11:29
He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.

Proverbs 14:18
The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
Treasury of Scripture

The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Genesis 42:6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold …

Genesis 43:28 And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health, he …

Exodus 8:8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the LORD, …

Exodus 9:27,28 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, …

Exodus 11:8 And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves …

2 Kings 3:12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king …

Esther 7:7,8 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into …

Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; …

Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending to you…

Micah 7:9,10,16,17 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

Malachi 4:3 And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under …

Acts 16:39 And they came and sought them, and brought them out, and desired …

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they …

(19) The evil bow before the good.--(Comp. 1Samuel 2:36.) That this final retribution is certain is implied by the tense employed, though it may be long delayed till the "awakening" (Psalm 73:20) of God and man to judgment. (Comp. Wisdom Of Solomon 5:1, sqq.)

Verse 19. - The evil bow before the good; and the wicked stand at the gates of the righteous (Proverbs 8:34). The final victory of good over evil is here set forth. However triumphant for a time and apparently prosperous the wicked may be, their success is not lasting; they shall in the end succumb to the righteous, even as the Canaanite kings crouched before Joshua's captains (Joshua 10:24), and, hurled from their high estate, they shall stand humbly at the good man's door, begging for bread to support their life (1 Samuel 2:36). The contrast here indicated is seen in our Lord's parable of Dives and Lazarus, when the beggar is comforted and the rich man is tormented, and when the latter urgently sues for the help of the once despised outcast to mitigate the agony which he is suffering (comp. Wisd. 5). The evil bow before the good,.... Wicked men before good men. This, as Jarchi observes, respects future time; even the latter day glory, or the spiritual times of the Messiah, when the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the saints of the most High: for though there may have been some few instances of this kind, as Haman bowing before Mordecai, and the Heathen emperors before Constantine; and there may be some now, in some cases where obligation requires; yet this is far from being general, as it will be in the spiritual reign of Christ; when the sons of those that afflicted the church will come bending to her, and they that have despised her shall bow themselves down at the soles of her feet; and even great personages too shall bow down and lick the dust of her feet; the kings of the earth, who before have been in confederacy with antichrist, and have persecuted the saints, now shall hate the whore, and honour the true church of Christ: this will be in the Philadelphian state, which is the same with the spiritual reign of Christ; such who called themselves Jews, and are not, shall come and worship before the feet of the church, and own that she and her members are the favourites of heaven, Daniel 7:27, Isaiah 49:23;

and the wicked at the gates of the righteous; or, "come to the gates of the righteous", as the Syriac version supplies it; they come and knock there, stand and wait, or lay themselves down; become prostrate and humble supplicants for relief and protection, as beggars do. This may also respect their attendance at Wisdom's gates, at the gates of Zion, on public ordinances, for counsel and instruction, which before they despised, Proverbs 8:34. The Septuagint version is, "shall serve thy gates"; that is, at them; see Isaiah 60:11. 19. Describes the humbling of the wicked by the punishment their sins incur.14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
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