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Proverbs 11:31 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: How much more the wicked and the sinner!
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed upon the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Behold, the righteous shall be requited on the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lo! the righteous, in the earth shall be recompensed, how much more the lawless and the sinner.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Lo, the righteous in the earth is recompensed, Surely also the wicked and the sinner!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If the just man receive in the earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Behold, the righteous shalbe recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Behold, x2005
(2005) Complement
A primitive particle; lo! also (as expressing surprise) if.
the righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
shall be recompensed 7999
{7999} Prime
A primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively to be (causatively make) completed; by implication to be friendly; by extension to reciprocate (in various applications).
<8792> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 93
in the earth: 776
{0776} Prime
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
much more x637
(0637) Complement
A primitive particle; meaning accession (used as an adverb or conjugation); also or yea; adversatively though.
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
and the sinner. 2398
{2398} Prime
A primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 11:24-31.

Proverbs 11:31

_ _ Behold — Thus calling attention to the illustrations (compare Proverbs 11:23), the sentiment of which is confirmed even in time, not excluding future rewards and punishments.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 11:31

_ _ This, I think, is the only one of Solomon's proverbs that has that note of attention prefixed to it, Behold! which intimates that it contains not only an evident truth, which may be beheld, but an eminent truth, which must be considered. 1. Some understand both parts of a recompence in displeasure: The righteous, if they do amiss, shall be punished for their offences in this world; much more shall wicked people be punished for theirs, which are committed, not through infirmity, but with a high hand. If judgment begin at the house of God, what will become of the ungodly? 1 Peter 4:17, 1 Peter 4:18; Luke 23:31. 2. I rather understand it of a recompence of reward to the righteous and punishment to sinners. Let us behold providential retributions. There are some recompences in the earth, in this world, and in the things of this world, which prove that verily there is a God that judges in the earth (Psalms 58:11); but they are not universal; many sins go unpunished in the earth, and services unrewarded, which indicates that there is a judgment to come, and that there will be more exact and full retributions in the future state. Many times the righteous are recompensed for their righteousness here in the earth, though that is not the principal, much less the only reward either intended for them or intended by them; but whatever the word of God has promised them, or the wisdom of God sees good for them, they shall have in the earth. The wicked also, and the sinner, are sometimes remarkably punished in this life, nations, families, particular persons. And if the righteous, who do not deserve the least reward, yet have part of their recompence here on earth, much more shall the wicked, who deserve the greatest punishment, have part of their punishment on earth, as an earnest of worse to come. Therefore stand in awe and sin not. If those have two heavens that merit none, much more shall those have two hells that merit both.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 11:31

Recompensed — Punished for his sins.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 11:31

Behold, the righteous shall be (t) recompensed upon the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

(t) Will be punished as he deserves, (1 Peter 4:18).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

2 Samuel 7:14-15 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: ... But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
2 Samuel 12:9-12 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife [to be] thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. ... For thou didst [it] secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
1 Kings 13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.
Jeremiah 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
1 Corinthians 11:30-32 For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. ... But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
1 Peter 4:17-18 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? ... And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
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