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.

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For there shall be no reboard to the evil man - אחרית acharith. There shall not be the future state of blessedness to the wicked. See the note on Proverbs 24:14 (note). His candle shall be put out; his prosperity shall finally cease, or he shall have no posterity. Some have thought that this text intimates the annihilation of sinners; but it refers not to being, but to the state or condition of that being. The wicked shall be; but they shall not be Happy.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

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

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Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Job 18:5,6 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine...

Job 21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft comes their destruction on them! God distributes sorrows in his anger.

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

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The Sluggard's Garden
'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
To Maximus, Bishop of Salona [113] . Gregory to Maximus, &c. When our common son the presbyter Veteranus came to the Roman city, he found me so weak from the pains of gout as to be quite unable to answer thy Fraternity's letters myself. And indeed with regard to the nation of the Sclaves [114] , from which you are in great danger, I am exceedingly afflicted and disturbed. I am afflicted as suffering already in your suffering: I am disturbed, because they have already begun to enter Italy by way
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

A Treatise on Good Works
I. We ought first to know that there are no good works except those which God has commanded, even as there is no sin except that which God has forbidden. Therefore whoever wishes to know and to do good works needs nothing else than to know God's commandments. Thus Christ says, Matthew xix, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." And when the young man asks Him, Matthew xix, what he shall do that he may inherit eternal life, Christ sets before him naught else but the Ten Commandments.
Dr. Martin Luther—A Treatise on Good Works

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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.

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