Proverbs 13:21

21 Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.

Proverbs 13:21 in Other Translations

21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
21 Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.
21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.
21 Disaster entraps sinners, but God-loyal people get a good life.
21 Disaster pursues sinners, but good rewards the righteous.

Proverbs 13:21 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 13:21

Evil pursueth sinners
They pursue the evil of sin, and the evil of punishment pursues them, and at last overtakes them; their damnation, though it may seem to slumber and linger, it does not; it is upon the full speed after them, and will quickly seize upon them. Some understand this of the evil of sin in the conscience, which pursues the sinner, and fills him with terror; but to the righteous good shall be repaid;
or, "he shall recompense the righteous with good" F21, or "good to the righteous"; that is, God shall do it; for all the good things they have done, from a right principle, and to a right end; which good works of theirs will pursue and follow them; and for all the ill things they have suffered for righteousness's sake, a reward of grace, though not of debt, will be given them; as they have had their evil things here, they shall have their good things hereafter; as well as are often recompensed in this life, either in themselves or in their posterity, as follows.


F21 (bwj Mlvy Myqydu taw) "et justis reddet bonum", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "justes remunerabit Deus bono", Michaelis; "justis autem bonum rependet", Tigurine version, Piscator, so Cocceius.

Proverbs 13:21 In-Context

19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.
20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 2 Samuel 3:39; Jeremiah 40:3; Jeremiah 50:7; Ezekiel 14:13; Ezekiel 18:4
  • 2. Psalms 25:13
  • 3. Psalms 32:10
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