Proverbs 28:12

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Proverbs 28:12 in Other Translations

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
12 When good people are promoted, everything is great, but when the bad are in charge, watch out!
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great rejoicing, but when the wicked come to power, people hide themselves.

Proverbs 28:12 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 28:12

When righteous [men] do rejoice, [there is] great glory
When it is well with them; when they are in prosperous circumstances; when they are countenanced and encouraged by the government under which they are; when they have the free exercise of their religion; and especially when they are advanced to places of profit, honour, and trust, which must make them cheerful and joyful; it is a glory to a land, it adds greatly to the glory of it, and a fine prospect there is of the increase and continuance of it; but when the wicked rise:
to honour and dignity, and are set in high places, and are in great power and authority, which they exercise to the distress of the righteous and all good men: a man is hidden:
a good man; he hides himself, as in ( Proverbs 28:28 ) ; he withdraws himself from court, from city, from company, from commerce, and business, because of the tyranny and persecution of wicked men; and flees to distant places, and wanders in deserts and mountains, in caves and dens of the earth; as some saints, under the Old Testament, did, and as the Church, in Gospel times, fled from the tyranny of antichrist into the wilderness, to hide herself: or, "a man is" or "shall be sought for" F9, and searched out; as wicked persecutors are very diligent to search for and find out such persons that hide themselves, and fetch them out of their hiding places, and cruelly use them.


F9 (vpxy) "investigabitur", Pagninus, Montanus; "exploratur", Tigurine version; "explorabitur", Baynus; "pervestigatur", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis.

Proverbs 28:12 In-Context

10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 2 Kings 11:20
  • 2. ver 28; Job 24:4; Proverbs 11:10; Proverbs 29:2
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