Proverbs 28:1
New International Version
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

New Living Translation
The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

English Standard Version
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Berean Study Bible
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

King James Bible
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Contemporary English Version
Wicked people run away when no one chases them, but those who live right are as brave as lions.

Good News Translation
The wicked run when no one is chasing them, but an honest person is as brave as a lion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

International Standard Version
The wicked flee, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like a lion.

NET Bible
The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing, but the righteous person is as confident as a lion.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked flee when no one pursues; but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil will flee when there is no one chasing them, and the righteous are as confident as a lion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person flees when no one is chasing him, but righteous people are as bold as lions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked flee when no man pursueth; But the righteous are secure as a young lion.

New American Standard 1977
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a young lion.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

American King James Version
The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

American Standard Version
The wicked flee when no man pursueth; But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ungodly man flees when no one pursues: but the righteous is confident as a lion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man fleeth, when no man pursueth: but the just, bold as a lion, shall be without dread.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.

English Revised Version
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

World English Bible
The wicked flee when no one pursues; but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked have fled and there is no pursuer. And the righteous as a young lion is confident.
Study Bible
The Boldness of the Righteous
1The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. 2A land in rebellion has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:17
And I will set My face against you, so that you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one pursues you.

Leviticus 26:36
As for those of you who survive, I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies, so that even the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. And they will flee as one flees the sword, and fall when no one pursues them.

2 Kings 7:7
Thus the Arameans had arisen and fled at twilight, abandoning their tents and horses and donkeys. The camp was intact, and they had run for their lives.

Nehemiah 6:11
But I replied, "Should a man like me run away? Should one like me go into the temple to save his own life? I will not go!"

Psalm 53:5
There they are, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to fear. For God has scattered the bones of those who besieged you. You will put them to shame, for God has despised them.

Proverbs 27:27
You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed you--food for your household and nourishment for your maidservants.

Isaiah 30:17
A thousand will take flight at the threat of one, at the threat of five you will flee, until you are left alone like a lone pole on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.

Treasury of Scripture

The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

the righteous

Exodus 11:8
And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

Psalm 27:1,2
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? …

Psalm 46:2,3
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; …







Lexicon
The wicked
רָשָׁ֑ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

flee
נָ֣סוּ (nā·sū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5127: To flit, vanish away

when no one
וְאֵין־ (wə·’ên-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

pursues,
רֹדֵ֣ף (rō·ḏêp̄)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

but the righteous
וְ֝צַדִּיקִ֗ים (wə·ṣad·dî·qîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

are as bold
יִבְטָֽח׃ (yiḇ·ṭāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 982: To trust, be confident, sure

as a lion.
כִּכְפִ֥יר (kiḵ·p̄îr)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3715: A village, a young lion
XXVIII

(1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth.--Comp. the curse pronounced upon Israel for disobedience (Leviticus 26:17; Leviticus 26:36).

The righteous are bold as a lion.--Comp. Leviticus 26:8; 1Samuel 17:32, sqq.; Psalm 91:1, sqq.

Verse 1. - The wicked flee when no man pursueth. The unreasoning terror of the sinner arises partly from his uneasy conscience, which will not permit him to transgress without warning of consequences, and partly from the judgment of God, according to the threats denounced in Leviticus 26:36, 37. A terrible picture of this instinctive fear is drawn in Job 15:20, etc., Cand Wisd. 17:9, etc. There are numerous proverbs about unreasonable timidity, such as being afraid of one's own shadow (see Erasmus, 'Adag.,' s.v. "Timiditas"). As the Eastern puts it, "The leaf cracked, and your servant fled;" and "Among ten men nine are women" (Lane). On the cowardice of sinners St. Chrysostom says well, "Such is the nature of sin, that it betrays while no one finds fault; it condemns whilst no one accuses; it makes the sinner a timid being, one that trembles at a sound; even as righteousness has the contrary effect How doth the wicked flee when no man pursueth? He hath that within which drives him on, an accuser in his own conscience, and this he carries about everywhere; and just as it would be impossible to flee from himself, so neither can he escape the persecutor within, but wherever he goeth he is scourged, and hath an incurable wound" ('Hom. in Stat.,' 8:3, Oxford transl.). But the righteous are hold as a lion. They are undismayed in the presence of danger, because their conscience is at rest, they know that God is on their side, and, whatever happens, they are safe in the everlasting arms (see Psalm 91.). Thus David the shepherd boy quailed not before the giant (1 Samuel 17:32, etc.), remembering the promise in Leviticus 26:7, 8. The heathen poet Horace could say of the upright man ('Carm.,' 3:3, 7) -

"Si fractus illabatur orbis,
Impavidum ferient ruinae."
Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his Hope (Ecclus. 31 (34):14, etc.). St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 31:55, "The lion is not afraid in the onset of beasts, because he knows well that he is stronger than them all. Whence the fearlessness of a righteous man is rightly compared to a lion, because, when he beholds any rising against him, he returns to the confidence of his mind, and knows that he overcomes all his adversaries because he loves him alone whom he cannot in any way lose against his will. For whoever seeks after outward things, which are taken from him even against his will, subjects himself of his own accord to outward fear. But unbroken virtue is the contempt of earthly desire, because the mind is both placed on high when it is raised above the meanest objects by the judgment of its hopes, and is the less affected by all adversities, the more safely it is fortified by being placed on things above" (Oxford transl.). 28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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