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

New Living Translation
Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

English Standard Version
Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

New American Standard Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

King James Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

International Standard Version
Evil will kill the wicked; those who hate the righteous will be held guilty.

NET Bible
Evil people self-destruct; those who hate the godly are punished.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Evil kills the wicked and those who hate the righteous will come to an end.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evil will kill wicked people, and those who hate righteous people will be condemned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Schin Evil shall slay the wicked; and those that hate the righteous shall be declared guilty.

King James 2000 Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

American King James Version
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

American Standard Version
Evil shall slay the wicked; And they that hate the righteous shall be condemned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The death of the wicked is very evil: and they that hate the just shall be guilty.

Darby Bible Translation
Evil shall destroy the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall bear their guilt.

English Revised Version
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be condemned.

Webster's Bible Translation
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

World English Bible
Evil shall kill the wicked. Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.

Young's Literal Translation
Evil doth put to death the wicked, And those hating the righteous are desolate.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:11-22 Let young persons set out in life with learning the fear of the Lord, if they desire true comfort here, and eternal happiness hereafter. Those will be most happy who begin the soonest to serve so good a Master. All aim to be happy. Surely this must look further than the present world; for man's life on earth consists but of few days, and those full of trouble. What man is he that would see the good of that where all bliss is perfect? Alas! few have this good in their thoughts. That religion promises best which creates watchfulness over the heart and over the tongue. It is not enough not to do hurt, we must study to be useful, and to live to some purpose; we must seek peace and pursue it; be willing to deny ourselves a great deal for peace' sake. It is the constant practice of real believers, when in distress, to cry unto God, and it is their constant comfort that he hears them. The righteous are humbled for sin, and are low in their own eyes. Nothing is more needful to true godliness than a contrite heart, broken off from every self-confidence. In this soil every grace will flourish, and nothing can encourage such a one but the free, rich grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The righteous are taken under the special protection of the Lord, yet they have their share of crosses in this world, and there are those that hate them. Both from the mercy of Heaven, and the malice of hell, the afflictions of the righteous must be many. But whatever troubles befal them, shall not hurt their souls, for God keeps them from sinning in troubles. No man is desolate, but he whom God has forsaken.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Evil shall slay the wicked. His own misconduct shall bring destruction upon the wicked man-destruction of the body in many cases (Psalm 7:15, 16), in all, if he persists in his wickedness, destruction of the soul. And they that hate the righteous shall be desolate; rather, shall be held guilty (comp. Psalm 5:10, and the comment ad loc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Evil shall slay the wicked,.... Meaning either the evil they designed against the righteous shall return and fall upon their heads, to their own ruin; or the evil of affliction, which to them is the evil of punishment, both here and hereafter, from which they will have no deliverance in the end; though the righteous have from their afflictions, being not properly punishments, but chastisements for sin, and are but for a time; or else the evil of sin, which is the cause of death corporeal and eternal;

and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate; or "shall be guilty" (n); be found so; or "shall be condemned", or "damned", as the Targum renders it. All wicked men hate the righteous, both Jesus Christ the righteous, and his people; and that because they are righteous, and do not run into the same excess of wickedness with them, these will be arraigned at the day of judgment, and will be convicted of all their hard speeches which they have spoken against Christ and his members; and will be pronounced guilty, and will be punished with everlasting destruction.

(n) "rei fiunt", Cocceius; "reatum habebunt", Schmidt; "damnabuntur", Gejerus; "shall be condemned as guilty", Ainsworth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21, 22. Contrast in the destiny of righteous and wicked; the former shall be delivered and never come into condemnation (Joh 5:24; Ro 8:1); the latter are left under condemnation and desolate.

Psalm 34:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
20He keeps all his bones, Not one of them is broken. 21Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
Cross References
Psalm 7:9
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure-- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.

Psalm 94:23
He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 140:11
May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.

Proverbs 24:16
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
Treasury of Scripture

Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Evil

Psalm 37:30-40 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

Psalm 94:23 And he shall bring on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them …

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

they

Psalm 37:12-15 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth…

Psalm 40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say to me, Aha, aha.

Psalm 89:23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

1 Samuel 19:4,5 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to …

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

1 Kings 22:8,37 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, …

Luke 19:14,27 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, …

Luke 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 15:18-23 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have …

2 Thessalonians 1:6,9 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

desolate. or, guilty

Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the …

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