Proverbs 11:7

7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of[a] their power comes to nothing.

Proverbs 11:7 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
English Standard Version (ESV)
7 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength.
The Message Bible (MSG)
7 When the wicked die, that's it - the story's over, end of hope.
American Standard Version (ASV)
7 When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish; And the hope of iniquity perisheth.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
7 At the death of a wicked person, hope vanishes. Moreover, his confidence in strength vanishes.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
7 When the wicked dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
7 When an evil man dies, his hope dies with him. Everything he expected to gain from his power will be lost.

Proverbs 11:7 Meaning and Commentary

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.


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.

Proverbs 11:7 In-Context

5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.
8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

Cross References 2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate, Syriac and Targum "When the wicked die, their hope perishes;" / "all they expected from"
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