Proverbs 24:16
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New International Version
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

New Living Translation
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

English Standard Version
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

New American Standard Bible
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

King James Bible
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin.

International Standard Version
for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.

NET Bible
Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again, but the wicked will be brought down by calamity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the righteous falls seven times, and he rises, and the wicked is overthrown by evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A righteous person may fall seven times, but he gets up again. However, in a disaster wicked people fall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For a just man falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked shall fall into evil.

King James 2000 Bible
For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall by calamity.

American King James Version
For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

American Standard Version
For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For a just man shall fall seven times and shall rise again: but the wicked shall fall down into evil.

Darby Bible Translation
For the righteous falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked stumble into disaster.

English Revised Version
For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

Webster's Bible Translation
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

World English Bible
for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

Young's Literal Translation
For seven times doth the righteous fall and rise, And the wicked stumble in evil.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. The fall may be taken of sin or of calamity. Preachers, ancient and modern, have made much use of this text in the first sense, expatiating how a good man may fall into venial or more serious sins, but he never loses his love of God, and rises from his fall by repentance on every occasion. We also often find the words in die, "a day," added, which indeed occur in some manuscripts, but are not in the original. But the verb naphal seems not to be used in the sense of "falling" morally; and the meaning here is that the just man frequently falls into trouble, - he is not secure against worldly cares and losses, or the insidious attacks of the man mentioned in Ver. 15; but he never loses his trust in God or offends by fretfulness and impatience, and always God's providence watches over him and delivers him out of all his afflictions. "Seven times" means merely often, that number being used to express plurality or completeness (see on Proverbs 6:31; 26:16; and comp. Genesis 4:24; Job 5:19 (which is like our passage); and Matthew 18:22). The expectation which the sinner conceived when he saw the good man distressed, that he might seize the opportunity and use it to his own benefit, is woefully disappointed. In contrast with the recovery and reestablishment of the righteous, when the wicked suffer calamity there is no recuperation for them. The wicked shall fall into mischief; Revised Version better, are overthrown by calamity (comp. Proverbs 14:32, and note there). Septuagint," But the ungodly shall be weak in evils."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again,.... This is to be understood of a truly just man; not of one that is only outwardly and seemingly so, or of temporary believers and nominal professors; but of such who are thoroughly convinced of their own unrighteousness, and believe in Christ for righteousness, and have it applied and imputed to them; as well as have principles of grace and righteousness implanted in them, and live righteously in this evil world; these often fall either into troubles or into sins, and indeed into both, and the one is the cause of the other; and both senses may be retained: the former seems more agreeable to the context, and runs thus, lay not wait to a just man's dwelling to do him any hurt; for though he should be ensnared, and stumble, and fall into distress and calamity, yet he will rise again out of it, and so all attempts upon him are vain and fruitless; many are the righteous man's afflictions he falls into, but the Lord delivers out of all; he delivers him in six troubles, and even in seven, Psalm 34:19; or in many, one after another; he rises out of them all; he comes out of great tribulations, and at last safely enters the kingdom of heaven; and therefore it is to no purpose to lie in wait for him: and this sense is strengthened by the words following, "rejoice not when thine enemy falleth", Proverbs 24:17; but the latter sense of falling into sin has been anciently received, and not to be rejected; and which generally precedes and is the cause of falling into trouble. A just man, though he does not fall from his righteousness, which is an everlasting one, nor from the grace of God; yet he may fall into temptation, and by it he may fall into sin, as every just man does; "for there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good and sinneth not", Ecclesiastes 7:20; and that frequently, even every day; and therefore stands every day in need of fresh application of pardoning grace, for which he is directed to pray daily; and he may be left to fall foully into very gross sins, as David, Peter, and others; but not totally and finally, so as to perish; being on the heart of God, in the hands of Christ, on him the foundation, united to him, and kept by the power of God, he shall and does rise again sooner or later; not by his own power and strength, but by the strength of the Lord; he rises by renewed repentance, and under the fresh discoveries of pardoning grace and mercy to heal his backslidings;

but the wicked shall fall into mischief; or "evil" (q); into the evil of sin, and there lie and wallow in it, as the swine in the mire, and never rise out of it; and into the evil of punishment, into hell itself, from whence there will be no deliverance; and oftentimes they fall into mischief in this world, into trouble and distress, into poverty and want, in which they live and die, and never recover out of it; to which agrees what follows.

(q) "in malum", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. seven times—often, or many (Pr 6:16, 31; 9:1).

Proverbs 24:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place; 16For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity. 17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 4:9
persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Job 5:19
From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.

Psalm 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

Psalm 34:21
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

Psalm 37:24
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 79:12
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

Proverbs 6:15
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.

Proverbs 14:32
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.

Proverbs 24:22
for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Jeremiah 8:4
"Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: "'When people fall down, do they not get up? When someone turns away, do they not return?

Jeremiah 18:17
Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face in the day of their disaster."

Micah 7:8
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.
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For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

a just

Job 5:19 He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no …

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers …

Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds …

Micah 7:8-10 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which …

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, …

2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

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Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Proverbs 28:14-18 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart …

1 Samuel 26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD lives, the LORD shall smite him; …

1 Samuel 31:4 Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Psalm 7:16 His mischief shall return on his own head, and his violent dealing …

Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, …

Amos 5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken …

Amos 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Your god, O Dan, …

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave …

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

Revelation 18:20,21 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

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