Proverbs 24:17
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New International Version
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

New Living Translation
Don't rejoice when your enemies fall; don't be happy when they stumble.

English Standard Version
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,

New American Standard Bible
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

King James Bible
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't gloat when your enemy falls, and don't let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,

International Standard Version
Don't rejoice when your enemy falls; don't let yourself be glad when he stumbles.

NET Bible
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When your enemy has fallen, do not rejoice, and when he is overthrown, let not your heart leap for joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not be happy when your enemy falls, and do not feel glad when he stumbles.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not rejoice when thy enemy falls, and do not let thy heart be glad when he stumbles

King James 2000 Bible
Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles:

American King James Version
Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles:

American Standard Version
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, And let not thy heart be glad when he is overthrown;

Douay-Rheims Bible
When thy enemy shall fall, be not glad, and in his ruin let not thy heart rejoice:

Darby Bible Translation
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth;

English Revised Version
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he is overthrown:

Webster's Bible Translation
Rejoice not when thy enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth:

World English Bible
Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;

Young's Literal Translation
In the falling of thine enemy rejoice not, And in his stumbling let not thy heart be joyful,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:17,18. The pleasure we are apt to take in the troubles of an enemy is forbidden. 19,20. Envy not the wicked their prosperity; be sure there is no true happiness in it. 21,22. The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. 23-26. The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. 27. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 17, 18. - A warning against vindictiveness, nearly approaching the great Christian maxim, "Love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44). Verse 17. - Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour" was a Mosaic precept (Leviticus 19:18); the addition, "and hate thine enemy," was a Pharisaic gloss, arising from a misconception concerning the extermination of the Canaanites, which, indeed, had a special cause and purpose, and was not a precedent for the treatment of all aliens (see Proverbs 25:21, 22). When he stumbleth; rather, when he is overthrown. The maxim refers to private enemies. The overthrow of public enemies was often celebrated with festal rejoicing. Thus we have the triumph of Moses at the defeat of the Amalekites, and over Pharaoh's host at the Red Sea; of Deborah and Barak over Sisera (Exodus 15; Exodus 17:15; Judges 5); and the psalmist, exulting over the destruction of his country's foes, could say, "The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked" (Psalm 58:10). But private revenge and vindictiveness are warmly censured and repudiated. So Cato, 'Distich.' 4:46 -

"Morte repentina noli gaudere malorum;
Felicesobeunt quorum sine crimine vita est."
Of very different tone is the Italian proverb, "Revenge is a morsel for God;" and "Wait time and place to act thy revenge, for it is never well done in a hurry" (Trench).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth,.... These words are spoken not to the wicked man, Proverbs 24:15; but to the just man, or Solomon's son, or the children of Wisdom; for by the "enemy" is meant such who are at enmity with the people of God, as the seed of the serpent, and those after the flesh, are: and when these "fall", saints should not "rejoice"; as when they fall into sin; for so to do would be to act as wicked "charity which rejoiceth not in iniquity", 1 Corinthians 13:6, or rather when they fill into calamity and distress; for this is also the part which wicked men act towards the people of God, and should not be imitated in; see Obadiah 1:12. Joy may be expressed at the fall of the public enemies of God and his people, as was by the Israelites at the destruction of Pharaoh and his host, Exodus 15:1; and as will be by the church at the destruction of antichrist, and which they are called upon to do, Revelation 18:20; partly on account of their own deliverance and safety, and chiefly because of the glory of God, and of his justice displayed therein; see Psalm 58:10; but as private revenge is not to be sought, nor acted, so joy at the calamity and ruin of a private enemy, or a man's own enemy, should not be expressed; but rather he is to be pitied and helped; see Proverbs 25:21; for to love an enemy, and show regard to him, is the doctrine both of the Old and of the New Testament;

and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth; even secret joy should not be indulged, gladness in the heart, though it does not appear in the countenance, and is not expressed in words; no, not at the least appearance of mischief, when he only stumbles and is ready to fall; and much less should there be exultation and rejoicings made in an open manner at the utter ruin of him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17, 18. Yet let none rejoice over the fate of evildoers, lest God punish their wrong spirit by relieving the sufferer (compare Pr 17:5; Job 31:29).

Proverbs 24:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
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; 18Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:32
They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner's tomb. All the people wept also.

Job 31:29
"If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him--

Psalm 35:15
But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; assailants gathered against me without my knowledge. They slandered me without ceasing.

Psalm 35:19
Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.

Proverbs 17:5
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 24:18
or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

Obadiah 1:12
You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.

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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Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles:

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad …

Judges 16:25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, …

2 Samuel 16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out a man …

Job 31:29 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up …

Psalm 35:15,19 But in my adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: …

Psalm 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me; while they say …

Obadiah 1:12 But you should not have looked on the day of your brother in the …

1 Corinthians 13:6,7 Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth…

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