Proverbs 18:3

3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.

Read Proverbs 18:3 Using Other Translations

When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.
Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

What does Proverbs 18:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 18:3

When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt
When he comes into the world, as Aben Ezra; as soon as he is born, he is liable to contempt, being born in sin; but this is true of all: rather, as the Vulgate Latin, and with which the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions agree, when he cometh into the depth of sin, or to the height of his wickedness; he commences a scoffer at, and condemner of all that is good: when he comes into the house of God, it may be said, "there comes contempt"; for he comes not to hear the word, in order to receive any profit by it, but to contemn it, and the ministers of it; and with ignominy reproach:
or, "with the ignominious man reproach" {l}: he that despises all that is good, and treats divine things in a ludicrous way, will not spare to reproach the best of men, and speak evil of them falsely, for the sake of religion. Or the meaning of the whole is, that wicked men, sooner or later, come into contempt, ignominy, and reproach, themselves; they that despise the Lord are lightly esteemed by him; and a vile person is contemned in the eyes of a good man: such bring shame and disgrace upon themselves and families while they live; and, when they die, they are laid in the grave with dishonour; an infamy rests upon their memories, and they wilt rise to everlasting shame and contempt.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 (hprx Nwlq Me) "viro ignominioso, venit opprobriunu", Pagninus; "cum ignominioso probrum", Junis & Tremeilius; "cum probroso opprobrium", Schultens, so Vatablus, Mercerus, Gejerus.
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