Proverbs 24:22
New International Version
for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?

New Living Translation
for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king?

English Standard Version
for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

Berean Study Bible
For those two will bring sudden destruction; who knows what ruin they can bring?

New American Standard Bible
For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

King James Bible
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Christian Standard Bible
for destruction will come suddenly from them; who knows what distress these two can bring?

Contemporary English Version
Who knows what sudden disaster the LORD or a ruler might bring?

Good News Translation
such people could be ruined in a moment. Do you realize the disaster that God or the king can cause?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for destruction from them will come suddenly; who knows what distress these two can bring?

International Standard Version
They will be destroyed suddenly, and who knows what kind of punishment will come from these two?

NET Bible
for suddenly their destruction will overtake them, and who knows the ruinous judgment both the LORD and the king can bring?

New Heart English Bible
for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both--who knows?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Their shipwreck comes suddenly, and who knows the end of their years?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because disaster will come to them suddenly. Who knows what misery both may bring?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And who knoweth the ruin from them both?

New American Standard 1977
For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

Jubilee Bible 2000
for their calamity shall rise suddenly; and the ruin of them both, who shall know it?

King James 2000 Bible
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

American King James Version
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

American Standard Version
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And the destruction from them both, who knoweth it?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For they will suddenly punish the ungodly, and who can know the vengeance inflicted by both? [A son that keeps the commandment shall escape destruction; for such an one has fully received it. Let no falsehood be spoken by the king from the tongue; yea, let no falsehood proceed from his tongue. The king's tongue is a sword, and not one of flesh; and whosoever shall be given up to it shall be destroyed: for if his wrath should be provoked, he destroys men with cords, and devours men's bones, and burns them up as a flame, so that they are not even fit to be eaten by the young eagles. My son, reverence my words, and receive them, and repent.]

Douay-Rheims Bible
For their destruction shall rise suddenly: and who knoweth the ruin of both?

Darby Bible Translation
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

English Revised Version
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the destruction of them both?

Webster's Bible Translation
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

World English Bible
for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both--who knows?

Young's Literal Translation
For suddenly doth their calamity rise, And the ruin of them both -- who knoweth!
Study Bible
Do not Envy
21My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not associate with the rebellious. 22For those two will bring sudden destruction; who knows what ruin they can bring?
Cross References
Proverbs 6:15
Therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in an instant he will be shattered beyond recovery.

Proverbs 24:16
For though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin.

Treasury of Scripture

For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

their

Numbers 16:31-35
And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: …

1 Samuel 31:1-7
Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa…

2 Samuel 18:7,8
Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men

who

Proverbs 16:14
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

Proverbs 20:2
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Psalm 90:11
Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.







Lexicon
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

[those two] will bring
יָק֣וּם (yā·qūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

sudden
פִ֭תְאֹם (p̄iṯ·’ōm)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6597: Suddenness, suddenly

destruction;
אֵידָ֑ם (’ê·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 343: Oppression, misfortune, ruin

who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

knows
יוֹדֵֽעַ׃ (yō·w·ḏê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

what ruin
וּפִ֥יד (ū·p̄îḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6365: Ruin, disaster

[they] can bring?
שְׁ֝נֵיהֶ֗ם (nê·hem)
Number - mdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8147: Two (a cardinal number)
(22) The ruin of them both--i.e., the rebels against God and the king.

Verse 22. - For their calamity shall rise suddenly. Though these dissidents seem to succeed for a time, yet retribution shall fall suddenly upon them. And who knoweth the ruin of them both? This seems to mean the two classes, those who dishonour God and those who dishonour the king; but no such distinction is made in the previous verse; the rebels are classed under one category. Wordsworth renders, "the stroke of vengeance from them both," i.e. from God and the king. Otherwise, we must give another signification to שׁניהם, and, with the Syriac and many modern commentators, take it in the sense of "years," which שְׁנֵיהֶם will bear, as Job 36:11, and translate, "The destruction [equivalent to 'end'] of their years, who knoweth?" No one can tell when the crisis of their fate shall come; but it will arrive some day, and then the time of their prosperity will be at an end. Septuagint, "For they (God and the king) will suddenly punish the ungodly; and who shall know the vengeance of both (τὰς τιμωρίας ἀμφοτέρων)?" After this the LXX. inserts three proverbs not found now in the Hebrew, which, however, Ewald ('Jahrb. der Bibl. Wissensch.,' 11:17, etc.) considers to have been translated from a Hebrew original: "A son that keepeth the commandment shall be safe from destruction (Proverbs 29:27, Vulgate), and he hath fully received it (the word). Let no lie be spoken by the tongue of the king; and no he shall proceed from his tongue. The king's tongue is a sword, and not of flesh; and whosoever shall be delivered unto it shall be destroyed; for if his anger be inflamed, he consumes men with their nerves, and devours men's bones, and burns them up as a flame, so that they are not food for the young eagles." The allusion at the end is to animals killed by lightning. Here follows the series of proverbs (Proverbs 30:1-14) called in the Hebrew, "The words of Agur." The second part of "the words of Agur," and "the words of Lemuel" (Proverbs 30:15-31:9) follow in the Greek after Proverbs 24:34 of the Hebrew. Delitzsch explains the matter thus: In the copy from which the Alexandrines translated, the appendix (Proverbs 30-31:9) was divided into two parts, half of it standing after "the words of the wise" (Proverbs 22:17-24:22), and half after the supplement containing further sayings of wise men (Proverbs 24:23-34). 24:17,18. The pleasure we are apt to take in the troubles of an enemy is forbidden. 19,20. Envy not the wicked their prosperity; be sure there is no true happiness in it. 21,22. The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. 23-26. The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. 27. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt.
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