Proverbs 20:22

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

Read Proverbs 20:22 Using Other Translations

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.

What does Proverbs 20:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 20:22

Say not thou, I will recompense evil
With evil; do an injury to one that has done one to you; private revenge is not to be taken, but should be left to God, to whom vengeance belongs, ( Deuteronomy 32:35 Deuteronomy 32:41 ) ; [but] wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee;
commit thyself and cause to God; leave it with him to avenge thy wrongs; wait upon him in the way of thy duty, and wait his own time to do thee justice; he will at the proper season, and in his own way, save thee from thine enemy, and make a righteous retribution to him.

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