Proverbs 20:22
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New International Version
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

New Living Translation
Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong." Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.

English Standard Version
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

New American Standard Bible
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

King James Bible
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't say, "I will avenge this evil!" Wait on the LORD, and He will rescue you.

International Standard Version
Don't say "I'll avenge that wrong!" Wait on the LORD and he will deliver you.

NET Bible
Do not say, "I will pay back evil!" Wait for the LORD, so that he may vindicate you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not say, “I shall pay evil instead of good”, but wait for Lord Jehovah that he may save you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not say, "I'll get even with you!" Wait for the LORD, and he will save you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Say not thou, I will take vengeance, but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Say not, I will repay evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.

American King James Version
Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.

American Standard Version
Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say not: I will return evil: wait for the Lord and he will deliver thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Say not, I will recompense evil: wait on Jehovah, and he shall save thee.

English Revised Version
Say not thou, I will recompense evil: wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

World English Bible
Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not say, 'I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - Say not thou, I will recompense evil (Proverbs 24:29). The jus talonis is the natural feeling of man, to do to others as they have done unto you, to requite evil with evil. But the moralist teaches a better lesson, urging men not to study revenge, and approaching nearer to Christ's injunction, which gives the law of charity, "Whatsoever ye would (οπσα α}ν θέλητε) that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matthew 7:12). The Christian rule is expounded fully by St. Paul (Romans 12:14, 17, etc). It was not unknown to the Jews; for we read in Tobit 4:15, "Do that to no man which thou hatest;" and Hillel enjoins, "Do not thou that to thy neighbour which thou hatest when it is done to thee." Even the heathens had excogitated this great principle. There is a saying of Aristotle, preserved by Diogenes Laertius, "Act towards your friends as you would wish them to act towards you." The Chinese have a proverb, "Water does not remain on the mountain, or vengeance in a great mind." Wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. The pious writer urges the injured person to commit his cause to the Lord, not in the hope of seeing vengeance taken on his enemy, but in the certainty that God will help him to bear the wrong and deliver him in his own good time and way. The Christian takes St. Peter's view, "Who is he that will harm you if ye be followers of that which is good?" (1 Peter 3:13), knowing that "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28; comp. Ecclus. 2:2, 6). Septuagint, "Say not, I will avenge myself on my enemy, but wait on the Lord, that (ἵνα) he may help thee." The last clause may be grammatically rendered thus, but it is more in accordance with the spirit st' the proverb, as Delitzsch observes, to regard it as a promise. Vulgate, et liberabit te.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Say not thou, I will recompense evil,.... With evil; do an injury to one that has done one to you; private revenge is not to be taken, but should be left to God, to whom vengeance belongs, Deuteronomy 32:35;

but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee; commit thyself and cause to God; leave it with him to avenge thy wrongs; wait upon him in the way of thy duty, and wait his own time to do thee justice; he will at the proper season, and in his own way, save thee from thine enemy, and make a righteous retribution to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. (Compare Ps 27:14; Ro 12:17-19).

Proverbs 20:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
21An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end. 22Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you. 23Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:39
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

Romans 12:17
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

Romans 12:19
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

Proverbs 24:29
Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did."
Treasury of Scripture

Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.

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Proverbs 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he has done to me: I will render …

Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

Romans 12:17-19 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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2 Samuel 6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD has blessed the house …

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit …

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall …

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

1 Peter 4:19 Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the …

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