Proverbs 17:13
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.

New Living Translation
If you repay good with evil, evil will never leave your house.

English Standard Version
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.

New American Standard Bible
He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.

King James Bible
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never depart from his house.

International Standard Version
The person who repays good with evil will never see evil leave his home.

NET Bible
As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Evil will not depart from the house of him that pays evil for good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever pays back evil for good- evil will never leave his home.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

American King James Version
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

American Standard Version
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

English Revised Version
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

World English Bible
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is returning evil for good, Evil moveth not from his house.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Whoso rewardeth evil for good. This was David's complaint of the churlish Nabal (1 Samuel 25:21). Ingratitude shall surely he punished. Evil shall not depart from his house. Terribly has the ingratitude of the Jews been visited. They cried in their madness, "His blood be on us and on our children!" and their punishment is still going on. Injunctions on this subject are frequent in the New Testament (see Matthew 5:39; Romans 12:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 3:9). The Talmud says, "Do not throw a stone into the well whose waters you have drunk." The Greeks felt the sting of ingratitude. Thus Leiodes complains to Ulysses ('Od.,' 22:319) -

Ὡς οὐκ ἔστι χάρις μετόπισθ εὐεργέων Two sayings of Publius Syrus are quoted ('Sent.,' vv. 219, 274): "Ingratus unus omnibus miseris nocet;" "Malignos fieri maxime ingrati docent."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whoso rewardeth evil for good,.... As the enemies of David and Christ rewarded them, Psalm 35:12; this is base ingratitude, contrary to the law and light of nature; worse than beastly, is really devilish;

evil shall not depart from his house; from him and his family; they shall be continually visited with one disease and calamity or another; so hateful and offensive is the sin of ingratitude to God, and therefore ought to be carefully avoided. This might be illustrated by the judgments of God on the nation of the Jews, for their ingratitude to Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. (Compare Ps 7:4; 35:12).

evil—injury to another (Pr 13:21).

Proverbs 17:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
12Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 13He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 19:4
Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.

1 Samuel 25:21
David had just said, "It's been useless--all my watching over this fellow's property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good.

2 Samuel 12:10
Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'

1 Kings 21:22
I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.'

Psalm 35:12
They repay me evil for good and leave me like one bereaved.

Psalm 109:5
They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.

Proverbs 13:21
Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.

Jeremiah 18:20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them.
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

1 Samuel 24:17 And he said to David, You are more righteous than I: for you have …

1 Samuel 31:2,3 And the Philistines followed hard on Saul and on his sons; and the …

2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after …

Psalm 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I …

Psalm 55:12-15 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it…

Psalm 109:4-13 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer…

Jeremiah 18:20,21 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my …

Matthew 27:5,25 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, …

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

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