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Proverbs 21:7

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they refuse to act with justice.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away; because they refuse to do judgment.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The devastation of the wicked sweepeth them away, because they refuse to do what is right.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The violence of the lawless, shall drag them away,—because they have refused to do justice.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The spoil of the wicked catcheth them, Because they have refused to do judgment.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The robberies of the wicked shall be their downfall, because they would not do judgment.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— The robberie of the wicked shall destroy them: for they haue refused to execute iudgement.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to doe iudgement.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— The destruction of the wicked shall come upon them because they refused to do justice.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Destruction shall lodge with the ungodly; for they refuse to do justly.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The robbery 7701
{7701} Prime
From H7736; violence, ravage.
of the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
shall destroy 1641
{1641} Prime
A primitive root; to drag off roughly; by implication to bring up the cud (that is, ruminate); by analogy to saw.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
them; because x3588
(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.
they refuse 3985
{3985} Prime
A primitive root; to refuse.
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
to do 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
judgment. 4941
{4941} Prime
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:7

_ _ robbery — or, “destruction,” especially oppression, of which they are authors.

_ _ shall destroy — literally, “cut with a saw” (1 Kings 7:9), that is, utterly ruin them. Their sins shall be visited on them in kind.

_ _ to do judgment — what is just and right.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:7

_ _ See here, 1. The nature of injustice. Getting money by lying (Proverbs 21:6) is no better than downright robbery. Cheating is stealing; you might as well pick a man's pocket as impose upon him by a lie in making a bargain, which he had no fence against but by not believing you; and it will be no excuse from the guilt of robbery to say that he might choose whether he would believe you, for that is a debt we should owe to all men. 2. The cause of injustice. Men refuse to do judgment; they will not render to all their due, but withhold it, and omissions make way for commissions; they come at length to robbery itself. Those that refuse to do justice will choose to do wrong. 3. The effects of injustice; it will return upon the sinner's own head. The robbery of the wicked will terrify them (so some); their consciences will be filled with horror and amazement, will cut them, will saw them asunder (so others); it will destroy them here and for ever, therefore he had said (Proverbs 21:6), They seek death.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 21:7

The (d) robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

(d) He means this chiefly of judges and princes who leave that calling, to which God has called them, and impoverish their subjects to maintain their lusts.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 1:18-19 And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives. ... So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Proverbs 10:6 Blessings [are] upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Proverbs 22:22-23 Rob not the poor, because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: ... For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Psalms 7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Psalms 9:16 The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
Isaiah 1:23-24 Thy princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. ... Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
Jeremiah 7:9-11 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; ... Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen [it], saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, [even] the whole seed of Ephraim.
Ezekiel 22:13-14 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee. ... Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken [it], and will do [it].
Micah 3:9-12 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. ... Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed [as] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

destroy them:
Heb. saw them, or, dwell with them,
Zechariah 5:3-4 Then said he unto me, This [is] the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off [as] on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off [as] on that side according to it. ... I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.


Proverbs 21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Ezekiel 18:18 [As for] his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did [that] which [is] not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
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Ps 7:16; 9:16. Pv 1:18; 10:6; 21:21; 22:22. Is 1:23. Jr 7:9, 15. Ezk 18:18; 22:13. Mi 3:9. Zc 5:3. Ep 5:6.

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