Proverbs 23:17
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New International Version
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

New Living Translation
Don't envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD.

English Standard Version
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.

New American Standard Bible
Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.

King James Bible
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't let your heart envy sinners; instead, always fear the LORD.

International Standard Version
Never let yourself envy sinners; instead, remain in fear of the LORD every day,

NET Bible
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but rather be zealous in fearing the LORD all the time.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let not your heart envy sinners but be zealous for the awe of Lord Jehovah all day long.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not envy sinners in your heart. Instead, continue to fear the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let not thy heart envy sinners, but persevere in the fear of the LORD all day long.

King James 2000 Bible
Let not your heart envy sinners: but be in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

American King James Version
Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

American Standard Version
Let not thy heart envy sinners; But be thou in the fear of Jehovah all the day long:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not thy heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long:

Darby Bible Translation
Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day;

English Revised Version
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long:

Webster's Bible Translation
Let not thy heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

World English Bible
Don't let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long.

Young's Literal Translation
Let not thy heart be envious at sinners, But -- in the fear of Jehovah all the day.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:12-16 Here is a parent instructing his child to give his mind to the Scriptures. Here is a parent correcting his child: accompanied with prayer, and blessed of God, it may prove a means of preventing his destruction. Here is a parent encouraging his child, telling him what would be for his good. And what a comfort it would be, if herein he answered his expectation! 17,18. The believer's expectation shall not be disappointed; the end of his trials, and of the sinner's prosperity, is at hand.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Let not thine heart envy sinners, when thou seest them apparently happy and prosperous (comp. Proverbs 3:31; Proverbs 24:1, 19; Psalm 37:1; Psalm 73:3). The Authorized Version, in agreement with the Septuagint, Vulgate, Arabic, and other versions, takes the second clause of this verse as an independent one: but it seems evidently to be constructionally connected with the preceding, and to be governed by the same verb, so that there is no occasion to insert "be thou." But be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. Jerome, corrected, would read, Non aemuletur cor tuum peccatores, sed timorem Domini tota die, As Delitzsch and Hitzig, followed by Nowack, have pointed out, the Hebrew verb, קָנָא (kana), is here used in two senses. In the first clause it signifies to be envious of a person: in the second, to be zealous for a thing, both senses combining in the thought of being moved with eager desire. Ζηλοτυπέω is used in this double sense, and aemulor in Latin. So the gnome comes to this - Show your heart's desire, not by envy of the sinner's fortune, but by zeal for true religion, that fear of the Lord which leads to strict obedience and earnest desire to please him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let not thine heart envy sinners,.... Their present prosperity and happiness, the pleasure, profit, and honour, they seem to enjoy; all which is but a shadow, fading had temporary; and yet good men are apt to envy it in their hearts, if they do not express it with their lips; and are ready to murmur and think it hard that they should be in straitened circumstances while the wicked are in flourishing ones; and inwardly fret and are uneasy at it, which they should not, Psalm 37:1; or do not "emulate" or "imitate" (z) them, or do as they do, thinking thereby to enjoy the same prosperity and happiness; choose not their ways, nor desire to be with them, to have their company, or be ranked among them, Proverbs 3:31;

but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long; let the fear of God be always before thine eyes and in thine heart; be continually in the exercise of fear, which is attended with faith and trust in the Lord; with love and affection to him, and joy and delight in him; be constantly employed in the duties of religion, private and public, which the fear of God includes; and this will be a preservative from envying, murmuring, and fretting at the outward happiness of wicked men; and from joining with them in their evil ways. Aben Ezra, and who is followed by some others, render it, "but emulate or imitate the men that fear the Lord all the day long" (a); be followers of them, and do as they do; let their constant piety and devotion stir up a holy emulation in thee to copy after them and exceed them; but the former sense is best.

(z) "ne aemuletur", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius et Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (a) "Aemulare virum timentem, Jehovam", Vatablus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17, 18. (Compare Margin). The prosperity of the wicked is short.

Proverbs 23:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
16And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right. 17Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always. 18Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:1
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

Psalm 73:3
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 24:1
Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;

Proverbs 24:19
Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,

Proverbs 28:14
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
Treasury of Scripture

Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

not

Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 24:1 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Psalm 37:1-3 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

Psalm 73:3-7 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

be thou

Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and …

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that …

Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers …

Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges …

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