Proverbs 24:20
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New International Version
for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

New Living Translation
For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

English Standard Version
for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

New American Standard Bible
For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

King James Bible
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the evil have no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

International Standard Version
For the wicked man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.

NET Bible
for the evil person has no future, and the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because there is no posterity to the evil ones and the lamp of the evil will be extinguished.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because an evil person has no future, and the lamps of wicked people will be snuffed out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the evil man shall not come to a good end; the fire of the wicked shall be put out.

King James 2000 Bible
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

American King James Version
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

American Standard Version
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; The lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For evil men have no hope of things to come, and the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Darby Bible Translation
for there shall be no future to the evil [man]; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

English Revised Version
For there will be no reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Webster's Bible Translation
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be extinguished.

World English Bible
for there will be no reward to the evil man; and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.

Young's Literal Translation
For there is not a posterity to the evil, The lamp of the wicked is extinguished.
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

Verse 20. - For there shall be no reward to the evil man. He has no happy "future" to expect, as Ver. 14; Proverbs 22:18 (where see note). The candle, etc. (see Proverbs 13:9, where the clause appears). Septuagint, "For the evil man shall have no posterity, and the torch of the wicked shall be quenched."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For there shall be no reward to the evil man,.... No reward of good things, such as is for the righteous in a way of grace; but he shall have a reward of evil things, a just recompence of reward for his sins: of "no end" (r); there will be an end of his life in this world, and there will be an end of his prosperity; but, as the Targum is, there will be no "good end" to him; his end will not be like that of the perfect and upright man, for it will be cut off, Psalm 37:37; or, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "the wicked have no hope of future things"; no good hope of everlasting happiness; they have their good things now, and their evil things hereafter; and therefore are not to be fretted at and envied. Aben Ezra interprets it, they shall have no offspring or issue, son or nephew; the word is sometimes used for posterity;

the candle of the wicked shall be put out; meaning not the dim light of nature in them, nor the light of life before their time, so Aben Ezra; but their prosperity, riches, splendour, and glory, which candle is often put out while they live, and always at death; after which they have no more light, honour, and happiness; even not so much as the light of a candle, to which their prosperity in this life is compared, it being at best but small, and of a short continuance; see Job 18:5; and therefore should not be the object of the envy of good men, who are in a more happy and stable condition than they.

(r) "finis", Pagninus, Vatablus, Baynus, Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. candle—or, "prosperity"; it shall come to an end (Pr 13:9; 20:20).

Proverbs 24:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
19Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked; 20For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out. 21My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change,…
Cross References
Job 15:31
Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.

Job 18:5
"The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.

Job 18:6
The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.

Job 21:17
"Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

Proverbs 17:20
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

Proverbs 20:20
If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

Proverbs 21:4
Haughty eyes and a proud heart-- the unplowed field of the wicked--produce sin.

Proverbs 23:18
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Treasury of Scripture

For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 11:6 On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible …

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

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Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Job 18:5,6 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his …

Job 21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft comes their …

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: …

Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps …

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

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