Proverbs 10:7

7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,[a] but the name of the wicked will rot.

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Proverbs 10:7 in Other Translations

7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
7 We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away.
7 A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench.
7 The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Proverbs 10:7 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 10:7

The memory of the just [is] blessed
Men to whom he has been useful, either in temporals or spirituals, bless him, or wish all blessings to him while alive, whenever they make mention of his name; and after death they speak well of him, and pronounce him blessed; for such are had in everlasting remembrance; the memory of them is sweet and precious; their name is famous and valuable, and always spoken of with honour and commendation; see ( Psalms 112:6 ) . The Jewish writers take it for a command, and render it, "let the memory of the just be blessed"; and say, that he that transgresses it breaks an affirmative precept; they make an abbreviation of the word by the initial letters, and join them to the names of their celebrated men;

but the name of the wicked shall rot;
shall be forgotten, be buried in oblivion, and never mentioned: and though they may call their houses, lands, and cities, by their own names, in order to transmit their memory to posterity; yet these, by one means or another, are destroyed, and their memorials perish with them; see ( Ecclesiastes 8:10 ) ( Psalms 49:11 ) ( 9:6 ) ; and if their names are mentioned after they are gone, it is with detestation and abhorrence, as things putrefied are abhorred; so they leave an ill savour behind them, when the good name of the righteous is as precious ointment, ( Ecclesiastes 7:1 ) . It is a saying of Cicero F1, that

``the life of the dead lies in the memory of the living.''


F1 Orat. 51. Philip. 9.

Proverbs 10:7 In-Context

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 112:6
  • 2. S Job 18:17; S Psalms 109:13
  • 3. S Job 18:17; Psalms 9:6

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