Proverbs 11:7

7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise ofa their power comes to nothing.

Read Proverbs 11:7 Using Other Translations

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength.

What does Proverbs 11:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 11:7

When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish
His expectation of a longer life, of getting more riches, attaining to more honour, enjoying more pleasure here, and of having happiness hereafter, and of being delivered from wrath to come; he will then find, when he comes to die, that his expectations in this world are vain, and those which respect happiness in another world are ill-grounded; or when he dies, the expectation of others that depended on him, trusted in him, and looked for great things from him, will then be at an end; and the hope of unjust [men] perisheth;
which is as the giving up of the ghost, and expires when a man does; it is only in this life, or however it ceases when that does; he has no hope in his death, as the righteous man has; if he does not live without hope in the world, he has none when he goes out of it, or that will be of any use unto him: moreover, the hope of "unjust" men to oppress and injure others ceases when they die, ( Job 3:17 ) . The word rendered unjust men is by some F8 understood of strength, substance, riches; and so the meaning may be, that such a hope that is placed in strength and riches perishes at death. Jarchi interprets it of children, which are a man's substance; as if the sense was, that the hope of the children of such persons is then cut off.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 (Mynwa tlxwt) "expectatio virium", Gejerus; "spes in viribus collocata", Michaelis; "spes confidentium in divitiis", Munster; so some in Vatablus; "divitiarum", Pagniaus, Baynus; "roborum", Montanus, Amama.
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