Proverbs 11:21
New International Version
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.

New Living Translation
Evil people will surely be punished, but the children of the godly will go free.

English Standard Version
Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.

Berean Study Bible
Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.

New American Standard Bible
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

King James Bible
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Christian Standard Bible
Be assured that a wicked person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.

Contemporary English Version
You can be sure of this: All crooks will be punished, but God's people won't.

Good News Translation
You can be sure that evil people will be punished, but the righteous will escape.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.

International Standard Version
Be sure of this: the wicked will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will go free.

NET Bible
Be assured that the evil person will certainly be punished, but the descendants of the righteous will not suffer unjust judgment.

New Heart English Bible
Most certainly, the evil man will not be unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that stretches his hand against his neighbor will not be innocent of evil, and the seed of the righteous will be delivered.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the descendants of righteous people will escape.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My hand upon it! the evil man shall not be unpunished; But the seed of the righteous shall escape.

New American Standard 1977
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

Jubilee Bible 2000
No matter how many covenants he has made with death, the wicked shall not be absolved, but the seed of the righteous shall escape.

King James 2000 Bible
Though they join hand to hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the descendants of the righteous shall be delivered.

American King James Version
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

American Standard Version
Though hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished; But the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that unjustly strikes hands shall not be unpunished: but he that sows righteousness he shall receive a faithful reward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hand in hand the evil man shall not be innocent: but the seed of the just shall be saved.

Darby Bible Translation
Hand for hand! an evil [man] shall not be held innocent; but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

English Revised Version
Though hand join in hand, the evil man shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

World English Bible
Most certainly, the evil man will not be unpunished, but the seed of the righteous will be delivered.

Young's Literal Translation
Hand to hand, the wicked is not acquitted, And the seed of the righteous hath escaped.
Study Bible
Dishonest Scales
20The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their walk are His delight. 21Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape. 22Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:20
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their walk are His delight.

Proverbs 11:22
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

Jeremiah 44:15
Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, all the women standing by--a great assembly--along with all the people who were living in the land of Egypt at Pathros, answered Jeremiah,

Treasury of Scripture

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

hand

Proverbs 16:5
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Exodus 23:2
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

the seed

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Genesis 17:7,8
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee…

Psalm 37:26
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.







Lexicon
Be assured
יָ֣ד (yāḏ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

that the wicked
רָּ֑ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

will not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

go unpunished,
יִנָּ֣קֶה (yin·nā·qeh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5352: To be, clean, to be bare, extirpated

but the offspring
וְזֶ֖רַע (wə·ze·ra‘)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

of the righteous
צַדִּיקִ֣ים (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

will escape.
נִמְלָֽט׃ (nim·lāṭ)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks
(21) Though hand join in hand.--For this sense comp. Isaiah 28:15, sqq. The passage may also mean "hand to hand," i.e., from one generation to another; or, what is most probable, "the hand to it," i.e., assuredly. For the general sense of the verse, comp. Psalms 37

Verse 21. - Though hand join in hand (Proverbs 16:5); literally, hand to hand, which may be taken variously. The Septuagint and some other versions take the phrase in the sense of unjust violence: "He who layeth hand upon hand unjustly;" Vulgate, manus in manu, "hand in hand," which is as enigmatical as the Hebrew. Some Jewish interpreters consider it an adverbial expression, signifying simply "soon." Some moderns take it to mean "sooner or later," as the Italian da mano in mano, or, in succession of one generation after another (Gesenius, Wordsworth). Others deem it a form of adjuration, equivalent to "I hereby attest, my hand upon it!" And this seems the most probable interpretation; assuredly the Divine justice shall be satisfied by the punishment of the wicked (comp. Psalm 37.). The Authorized Version gives a very good sense: "Though hands be plighted in faith, and men may associate together in evil, the wicked shall not go unpunished" (comp. Isaiah 28:15). St. Gregory ('Mor. in Job,' lib. 25.) takes a very different view: "Hand in hand the wicked shall not be innocent;" for hand is wont to he joined with hand when it rests at ease, and no laborious employment exercises it. As though he were saying, "Even when the hand rests from sinful deeds, yet the wicked, by reason of his thoughts, is not innocent" (Oxford transl.). This exposition is, of course, divorced from the context. The seed of the righteous. This is not "the posterity of the righteous," but is a periphrasis for "the righteous," as in Psalm 24:6; Psalm 112:2, "the generation of the righteous" (comp. Isaiah 65:23). The climax which some see here - as if the author intended to say, "Not only the good themselves, but their descendants also shall be delivered" - is non-existent and unnecessary. Septuagint, "But he that soweth righteousness shall receive a sure reward," which is another rendering of the second member of ver. 18. Shall be delivered; i.e. in the time of God's wrath (vers. 4, 23; Proverbs 2:22). 11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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