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Proverbs 23:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Let not thy heart envy sinners; But [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day long:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do not let your heart envy sinners, But [live] in the fear of the LORD always.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let not thy heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Let not thy heart be envious of sinners, only of the reverence of Yahweh, all day long;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Let not thy heart be envious at sinners, But—in the fear of Jehovah all the day.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let not thy heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let not thine heart enuy sinners, but [be thou] in the feare of the LORD all the day long.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of Yahweh all the day long.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Let not x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
thine heart 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
envy 7065
{7065} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) zealous, that is, (in a bad sense) jealous or envious.
<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 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.
[be thou] in the fear 3374
{3374} Prime
Feminine of H3373; fear (also used as infinitive); morally reverence.
of Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
the day 3117
{3117} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 23:17-18

_ _ (Compare Margin). The prosperity of the wicked is short.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 23:17-18

_ _ Here is, 1. A necessary caution against entertaining any favourable thoughts of prospering profaneness: “Let not thy heart envy sinners; do not grudge them either the liberty they take to sin or the success they are to be pitied rather than envied. Their prosperity is their portion (Psalms 73:3), nay, it is their poison,” Proverbs 1:32. We must not harbour in our hearts any secret discontent at the providence of God, though it seem to smile upon them, nor wish ourselves in their condition. “Let not thy heart imitate sinners” (so some read it); do not as they do; walk not in the way with them; use not the methods they take to enrich themselves, though they thrive by them. 2. An excellent direction to maintain high thoughts of God in our minds at all times: Be thou in the fear of the Lord every day and all the day long. We must be in the fear of the Lord as in our employment, exercising ourselves in holy adorings of God, in subjection to his precepts, submission to his providences, and a constant care to please him; we must be in it as in our element, taking a pleasure in contemplating God's glory and complying with his will. We must be devoted to his fear (Psalms 119:38); and governed by it as our commanding principle in all we say and do. All the days of our life we must constantly keep up an awe of God upon our spirits, must pay a deference to his authority, and have a dread of his wrath. We must be always so in his fear as never to be out of it. 3. A good reason for both of these (Proverbs 23:18): Surely there is an end, an end and expectation, as Jeremiah 29:11. There will be an end of the prosperity of the wicked, therefore do not envy them (Psalms 73:17); there will be an end of thy afflictions, therefore be not weary of them, an end of thy services, thy work and warfare will be accomplished, perfect love will shortly cast out fear, and thy expectation of the reward not only will be not cut off, or disappointed, but it will be infinitely outdone. The consideration of the end will help to reconcile us to all the difficulties and discouragements of the way.

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Proverbs 24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Psalms 37:1-3 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. ... Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psalms 73:3-7 For I was envious at the foolish, [when] I saw the prosperity of the wicked. ... Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

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Proverbs 15:16 Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Proverbs 28:14 Happy [is] the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
Psalms 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words [there are] also [divers] vanities: but fear thou God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. ... For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.
Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear:
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Ps 37:1; 73:3; 111:10; 112:1. Pv 3:31; 15:16; 24:1; 28:14. Ec 5:7; 12:13. Ac 9:31. 2Co 7:1. 1P 1:17.

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