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Proverbs 13:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Evil pursueth sinners; But the righteous shall be recompensed with good.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Evil pursueth sinners; but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Evil pursueth, sinners, but, unto the righteous, shall good be recompensed.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Evil pursueth sinners, And good recompenseth the righteous.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Evil pursueth sinners: and to the just good shall be repaid.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euill pursueth sinners: but to the righteous, good shall be repayd.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Evil shall pursue sinners; but good shall overtake the righteous.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Evil 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
pursueth 7291
{7291} Prime
A primitive root; to run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively (of time) gone by).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
sinners: 2400
{2400} Prime
Intensive from H2398; a criminal, or one accounted guilty.
but to the righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
good 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
shall be repayed. 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).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 13:21

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 11:31).

_ _ good ... repaid — or, “He (God) will repay good.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 13:21

_ _ Here see, 1. How unavoidable the destruction of sinners is; the wrath of God pursues them, and all the terrors of that wrath: Evil pursues them closely wherever they go, as the avenger of blood pursued the manslayer, and they have no city of refuge to flee to; they attempt an escape, but in vain. Whom God pursues he is sure to overtake. They may prosper for a while and grow very secure, but their damnation slumbers not, though they do. 2. How indefeasible the happiness of the saints is; the God that cannot lie has engaged that to the righteous good shall be repaid. They shall be abundantly recompensed for all the good they have done, and all the ill they have suffered, in this world; so that, though many have been losers for their righteousness, they shall not be losers by it. Though the recompence do not come quickly, it will come in the day of payment, in the world of retribution; and it will be an abundant recompence.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 13:21

Evil — Punishment proportionable to their sin.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
Psalms 32:10 Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Psalms 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow [him].
Acts 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.


Isaiah 3:10-11 Say ye to the righteous, that [it shall be] well [with him]: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. ... Woe unto the wicked! [it shall be] ill [with him]: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Romans 2:7-10 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: ... But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
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