Proverbs 29:16

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.

Read Proverbs 29:16 Using Other Translations

When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.

What does Proverbs 29:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 29:16

When the wicked are multiplied
Or "are in authority" {r}; as the word is rendered, ( Proverbs 29:2 ) ; transgression increaseth;
among the common people, being encouraged by their wicked rulers, whose examples they follow; or as the wicked themselves increase, in numbers, in age, in power, and riches, their sins increase too; but the righteous shall see their fall,
from their places of authority and power, of honour, riches, and grandeur, into a low and despicable condition, into ruin and destruction; and that with pleasure, because of the glory of God, his wisdom, justice, truth, and faithfulness, displayed therein; see ( Psalms 58:10 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (twbrb) "dominantibus impiis"; some in Mercerus; "quum praesunt impii", Tigurine version.
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