Proverbs 28:28

28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

Read Proverbs 28:28 Using Other Translations

When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.

What does Proverbs 28:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 28:28

When the wicked rise, men hide themselves
When wicked men are raised to places of power and authority, rich men hide themselves, lest they should become a prey to them; and good men hide themselves, that they may not be put to death by them; or as ashamed to behold their evil actions; (See Gill on Proverbs 28:12); but when they perish;
wicked men, either by a natural or violent death; or perish as to their authority and power, being turned out of their places: the righteous increase;
such who before hid themselves appear, and, being put into the places of the wicked, encourage truth and righteousness, by which means the number of good men is multiplied; and which is a great happiness to a nation, and shows the usefulness and advantage that good magistrates are of unto it.

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