Proverbs 11:19

19 Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.

Proverbs 11:19 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
English Standard Version (ESV)
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Godly people find life; evil people find death.
The Message Bible (MSG)
19 Take your stand with God's loyal community and live, or chase after phantoms of evil and die.
American Standard Version (ASV)
19 He that is stedfast in righteousness [shall attain] unto life; And he that pursueth evil [doeth it] to his own death.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
19 As righteousness leads to life, so whoever pursues evil finds his own death.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
19 Genuine righteousness [leads] to life, but pursuing evil [leads] to death.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
19 Right living leads to life. But anyone who runs after evil will die.

Proverbs 11:19 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:19

As righteousness [tendeth] to life
Or, is unto life: not mere outward acts of moral righteousness; these may be done where there is no principle of spiritual life, and are no other than dead works, and will never bring to everlasting life; indeed the best righteousness of man's is no justification of life, nor can it entitle to it, nor is meritorious of it. Godliness, or true holiness, has the promise of this life and that to come, ( 1 Timothy 4:8 ) ; and so here in the Hebrew text it is, "unto lives" F24, in the plural number. Internal grace, or powerful godliness, which is the new man that is created in righteousness, gives a meetness for everlasting life, and issues in it; particularly the righteousness of Christ, as that is a perfectly justifying one; it makes a man alive in a law sense, and gives a title and claim to eternal life; so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death;
or, it is "to his own death"; it issues in that: not he that is overtaken in a fault, or falls into sin through the infirmity of the flesh and the force of temptation, but such who eagerly follow after it and overtake it; who give up themselves unto it, weary themselves in committing it, draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope; these often by their sins bring diseases upon them, which end in a corporeal death; or by means of which they come into the hand of the civil magistrate, and are capitally punished; and, however, die the second death, or an eternal one, the just wages of sin, ( Romans 6:23 ) .


F24 (Myyxl) "ad vitas", Montanus.

Proverbs 11:19 In-Context

17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.
20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 30:15; S Proverbs 10:2
  • 2. 1 Samuel 2:6; Psalms 89:48; Proverbs 1:18-19; Ecclesiastes 7:2; Jeremiah 43:11
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