Proverbs 11:21-31

21 1Be assured, 2an evil person will not go unpunished, but 3the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like 4a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good; 5the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 6One gives 7freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 8Whoever brings blessing 9will be enriched, and 10one who waters will himself be watered.
26 11The people curse him who holds back grain, but 12a blessing is on the head of him who 13sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[a] but evil comes to 14him who searches for it.
28 Whoever 15trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will 16flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever 17troubles his own household will 18inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is 19a tree of life, and whoever 20captures souls is wise.
31 If 21the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Proverbs 11:21-31 In-Context

19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.
31 If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Cross References 21

  • 1. Proverbs 16:5
  • 2. Proverbs 12:7; [Psalms 37:2, 9]; See Isaiah 28:15-18
  • 3. See Psalms 112:2
  • 4. [Genesis 24:47; Isaiah 3:21; Ezekiel 16:12]
  • 5. Romans 2:8, 9
  • 6. Proverbs 13:7
  • 7. Psalms 37:21; Psalms 112:9; [Proverbs 19:17]
  • 8. See 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
  • 9. Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 28:25
  • 10. [Matthew 7:2]
  • 11. Proverbs 24:24
  • 12. [Job 29:13]
  • 13. [Genesis 42:6]
  • 14. See Psalms 7:16
  • 15. See Psalms 49:6
  • 16. Jeremiah 17:8; See Psalms 92:12
  • 17. Proverbs 15:27
  • 18. [Ecclesiastes 5:16]
  • 19. See Proverbs 3:18
  • 20. Daniel 12:3; James 5:20; See 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
  • 21. [Jeremiah 25:29; 1 Peter 4:18]

Footnotes 1

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