Proverbs 28:4
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New International Version
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

New Living Translation
To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.

English Standard Version
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.

New American Standard Bible
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.

King James Bible
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law battle against them.

International Standard Version
Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it fights them.

NET Bible
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law contend with them.

New Heart English Bible
Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked; but those who keep the Law contend with them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those that forsake the Law praise evil and those that keep the Law strengthen their souls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who abandon [God's] teachings praise wicked people, but those who follow [God's] teachings oppose wicked people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They that forsake the law praise the wicked; But such as keep the law contend with them.

New American Standard 1977
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
            But those who keep the law strive with them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.

King James 2000 Bible
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

American King James Version
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

American Standard Version
They that forsake the law praise the wicked; But such as keep the law contend with them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that forsake the law, praise the wicked man: they that keep it, are incensed against him.

Darby Bible Translation
They that forsake the law praise the wicked; but such as keep the law contend with them.

English Revised Version
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

World English Bible
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; but those who keep the law contend with them.

Young's Literal Translation
Those forsaking the law praise the wicked, Those keeping the law plead against them.
Study Bible
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them. 5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:7
But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his place of baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Matthew 14:4
because John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

Romans 1:32
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them.

Ephesians 5:11
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

1 Kings 18:18
He said, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you have followed the Baals.

Nehemiah 13:11
So I reprimanded the officials and said, "Why is the house of God forsaken?" Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts.

Nehemiah 13:15
In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food.

Psalm 49:18
Though while he lives he congratulates himself-- And though men praise you when you do well for yourself--
Treasury of Scripture

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

that

1 Samuel 23:19-21 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David …

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, …

Jeremiah 5:30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus …

Acts 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

Acts 24:2-4 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

1 John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the …

but

1 Samuel 15:14-24 And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my …

1 Samuel 22:14,15 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful …

1 Kings 18:18,21 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father's …

1 Kings 20:41,42 And he hurried, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king …

1 Kings 21:19,20 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus said the LORD, Have you …

1 Kings 22:19-28 And he said, Hear you therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD …

2 Kings 3:13,14 And Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? …

Nehemiah 5:7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, …

Nehemiah 13:8-11,17-20,23-26,28 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household …

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Matthew 14:4 For John said to him, It is not lawful for you to have her.

Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation …

Acts 19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spoke evil of …

Galatians 2:3-6 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled …

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

(4) They that forsake the law praise the wicked.--The mark of extreme wickedness. (Comp. Romans 1:32.)

But such as keep the law contend with them.--Just as the sight of ill-doing was the one thing which roused our Lord to wrath, while insults and wrongs offered to Himself were passed by unnoticed.

Verse 4. - They that forsake the Law praise the wicked. This they do because they love iniquity, and like to see it extend its influence, and arm itself against the good, who are a standing reproach to them. St. Paul notes it as a mark of extreme wickedness that gross sinners "not only do the same iniquities, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Romans 1:32). Such as keep the Law contend with them; are angry with them. They are filled with righteous indignation; they cannot hold their peace when they see God's Law outraged, and must have the offenders punished (comp. 1 Kings 19:14; Psalm 74:11. etc.; Psalms 119:136, 139; 139:21). The LXX. connects this verse with the latter part of the preceding, thus: "As an impetuous and profitless rain, thus those who forsake the Law praise ungodliness; but they who love the Law raise a wall around themselves." They that forsake the law praise the wicked,.... Who are like them; who forsake and transgress the law, as they do; every like loves its like; wicked men delight in sin, the transgression of the law, and in those that do it. One covetous man will bless and praise another, whom the Lord abhors, and commend his covetousness as frugality and good husbandry: one proud man will call another happy, and praise him as a man of spirit, that will not debase himself, but keep up his authority, rank, and dignity, and not condescend to men of low estates; the workers of wickedness are set up and extolled, and tempters of God, men of atheistical and deistical principles, are not only delivered from the punishment they deserve, but are commended for their bold spirits; see Psalm 10:3. Or, "every wicked man praises those that forsake the law", so Schultens;

but such as keep the law contend with them; that is, with them that forsake it and praise the wicked; they are displeased with them, and show their resentment at them; they tend with them by arguments, and endeavour to convince them of their folly and wickedness; they prove them for it, even though they may be in high places, as John the Baptist reproved Herod. The Targum is,

"they contend with them, that they may return,''

or be converted; they strive and take pains with them, to convince them and bring them to repentance, and to a change of sentiments, life, and manners. 4. They that forsake … wicked—Wrongdoers encourage one another.28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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