Proverbs 3:31
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New International Version
Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.

New Living Translation
Don't envy violent people or copy their ways.

English Standard Version
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,

New American Standard Bible
Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.

King James Bible
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't envy a violent man or choose any of his ways;

International Standard Version
Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle.

NET Bible
Do not envy a violent man, and do not choose to imitate any of his ways;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And do not envy an evil man, neither desire any of his ways;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not envy a violent person. Do not choose any of his ways.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Envy thou not the oppressor and choose none of his ways.

King James 2000 Bible
Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

American King James Version
Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

American Standard Version
Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his ways:

Darby Bible Translation
Envy not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

English Revised Version
Envy thou not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

World English Bible
Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not envious of a man of violence, Nor fix thou on any of his ways.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:27-35 Our business is to observe the precepts of Christ, and to copy his example; to do justice, to love mercy, and to beware of covetousness; to be ready for every good work, avoiding needless strife, and bearing evils, if possible, rather than seeking redress by law. It will be found there is little got by striving. Let us not envy prosperous oppressors; far be it from the disciples of Christ to choose any of their ways. These truths may be despised by the covetous and luxurious, but everlasting contempt will be the portion of such scorners, while Divine favour is shown to the humble believer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 31. - Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. The thought of strife in the preceding verse leads to that of oppression, and the precept is directed against fellowship with those who outrage the general law of benevolence and justice, Envy not; i.e. as Stuart, "Do not anxiously covet the booty which men of violence acquire." Success and wealth may follow from severity and extortion, but the man who acquires prosperity by these means is not to be envied even by the victim of his oppression (for the verb, see Proverbs 23:17; Proverbs 24:1, 19). The oppressor (ish khamas); literally, a man of violence (see margin). The expression occurs in Proverbs 14:29; Psalm 18:41, and in its plural form, ish khamamim, "man of violences," in 2 Samuel 22:49; Psalm 140:1, 4. The man of violence is one who "grinds the faces of the poor," and whose conduct is rapacious, violent, and unjust. And choose none of his ways; literally, and choose not all his ways, i.e. with a view to acquire the same wealth, greatness, and power. The LXX. renders this verse, "Do not acquire the hatred of evil men, neither be jealous of their ways," evidently from having taken tiv'khar, "choose," in the second hemistich, for tith'khan, "be jealous."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Envy thou not the oppressor,.... The man that gets wealth and riches by acts of injustice, by oppressing the poor, by rapine and violence; do not envy his prosperity, and the substance he is possessed of; do not wish to be in his place and circumstances, to enjoy his affluence and ease; do not look upon his happiness with an envious eye and a fretting heart; he is far from being a happy man; his end will be bad; see Psalm 37:1;

and choose none of his ways; which he has used to get his riches in; do not follow him in them; for should you do as he has done, and get ever so much, since this would be with the loss of your souls, of what advantage would it be? He makes the best choice that chooses the "good part" that shall not be taken away, Luke 10:42; Christ, and the ways of Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. oppressor—or man of mischief. The destiny of successful evildoers warns against desiring their lot (Ps 37:1, 2, 35, 36).

Proverbs 3:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
30Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. 31Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways. 32For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:1
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

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

Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

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Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD …

Proverbs 24:1,19,20 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them…

Psalm 37:1,7-9 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

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

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

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Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

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Proverbs 1:15-18 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path…

Proverbs 2:12-15 To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks …

Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous …

Proverbs 22:22-25 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted …

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