Proverbs 14:19
New International Version
Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

New Living Translation
Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

English Standard Version
The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Berean Study Bible
The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

King James Bible
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Christian Standard Bible
The evil bow before those who are good, and the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

Contemporary English Version
The wicked will come crawling to those who obey God.

Good News Translation
Evil people will have to bow down to the righteous and humbly beg their favor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The evil bow before those who are good, the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

International Standard Version
Evil men will bow down in the presence of good men and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

NET Bible
Those who are evil will bow before those who are good, and the wicked will bow at the gates of the righteous.

New Heart English Bible
The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil will fall in front of the good and the evil will come to the door of the righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evil people will bow to good people. Wicked people will bow at the gates of a righteous person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The evil bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

New American Standard 1977
The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those who are evil shall bow before those who are good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

American King James Version
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

American Standard Version
The evil bow down before the good; And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Evil men shall fall before the good; and the ungodly shall attend at the gates of the righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The evil shall fall down before the good: and the wicked before the gates of the just.

Darby Bible Translation
The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous [man].

English Revised Version
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

World English Bible
The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
The evil have bowed down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
18The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but many are those who love the rich.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:36
And everyone left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a morsel of bread, pleading, "Please appoint me to some priestly office, so that I may eat a piece of bread."'"

Proverbs 11:29
He who brings trouble on his house will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

Proverbs 14:18
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Treasury of Scripture

The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Genesis 42:6
And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

Genesis 43:28
And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

Exodus 8:8
Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.







Lexicon
The evil
רָ֭עִים (rā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

bow
שַׁח֣וּ (ša·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7817: To bow, be bowed down, crouch

before
לִפְנֵ֣י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

the good,
טוֹבִ֑ים (ṭō·w·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and the wicked
וּ֝רְשָׁעִ֗ים (ū·rə·šā·‘îm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

at
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the gates
שַׁעֲרֵ֥י (ša·‘ă·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8179: An opening, door, gate

of the righteous.
צַדִּֽיק׃ (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous
(19) The evil bow before the good.--(Comp. 1Samuel 2:36.) That this final retribution is certain is implied by the tense employed, though it may be long delayed till the "awakening" (Psalm 73:20) of God and man to judgment. (Comp. Wisdom Of Solomon 5:1, sqq.)

Verse 19. - The evil bow before the good; and the wicked stand at the gates of the righteous (Proverbs 8:34). The final victory of good over evil is here set forth. However triumphant for a time and apparently prosperous the wicked may be, their success is not lasting; they shall in the end succumb to the righteous, even as the Canaanite kings crouched before Joshua's captains (Joshua 10:24), and, hurled from their high estate, they shall stand humbly at the good man's door, begging for bread to support their life (1 Samuel 2:36). The contrast here indicated is seen in our Lord's parable of Dives and Lazarus, when the beggar is comforted and the rich man is tormented, and when the latter urgently sues for the help of the once despised outcast to mitigate the agony which he is suffering (comp. Wisd. 5). 14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
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