Proverbs 21:15

15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Proverbs 21:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
ESV
15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
NLT
15 Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.
MSG
15 Good people celebrate when justice triumphs, but for the workers of evil it's a bad day.
CSB
15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity.

Proverbs 21:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 21:15

[It is] joy to the, last to do judgment
It is with pleasure he does it; he delights in the law of God, after the inward man, and finds much peace of mind and joy in the Holy Ghost in keeping it, and observing its commands, which are holy, just, and good; yea, it gives him pleasure to see justice done by others; both by private persons in their dealings with one another; and especially by judges putting the laws in execution, as their office requires; whereby much good comes to a nation in general, and to particular persons; but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity;
that make a trade of sinning; whose whole life is a continued series of sin and iniquity; who take much pains in committing sin, and are constant at it; everlasting destruction is in their ways, and they lead unto it: or, "terror" F1 shall be to them; terror of mind now at times, in opposition to the joy and peace a good man finds; and dreadful horror at death and to all eternity: or, as it is joy to a just man to see public justice done, and good laws put in execution, it is a terror to evildoers, ( Romans 13:3 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F1 (htxm) "pavor", V. L. "horror", Tigurine version; "terror", Vatablus, Mercerus; "consternatio", Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens.

Proverbs 21:15 In-Context

13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 10:29