New American Standard Bible
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
King James Bible
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Say not, I will recompense evil: wait on Jehovah, and he shall save thee.
World English Bible
Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
Young's Literal Translation
Do not say, 'I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
God's awarding to everyone according to his works, is the true check to the spirit of vindictiveness (compare Romans 12:17, Romans 12:19). Note that man is not told to wait on the Lord in expectation of seeing vengeance on his enemies, but "He shall save thee." The difference of the two hopes, in their effect upon the man's character, is incalculable.
LibraryA String of Pearls
'Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4. The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6. Most men will …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Regeneration the Work of God.
"Boast not Thyself of to Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
Manner of Covenanting.
"But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
1 Peter 3:9
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.
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