Proverbs 24:29

29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:29 in Other Translations

KJV
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
ESV
29 Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done."
NLT
29 And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!”
MSG
29 Don't say to anyone, "I'll get back at you for what you did to me. I'll make you pay for what you did!"
CSB
29 Don't say, "I'll do to him what he did to me; I'll repay the man for what he has done."

Proverbs 24:29 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 24:29

Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me
He has falsely accused and reproached me, and bore a false testimony, or suborned false witnesses against me, and I will do the same to him, now an opportunity serves; but as private revenge itself is sinful, so especially when it is pursued in a wicked way; I will render to the man according to his work;
this should be left to the Lord, whose prerogative it is; see ( Proverbs 24:19 ) ( Romans 12:19 ) .

Proverbs 24:29 In-Context

27 Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause— would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
30 I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 20:22; Matthew 5:38-41; Romans 12:17