Proverbs 29:6

6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.

Proverbs 29:6 in Other Translations

6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
6 Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
6 Evil people fall into their own traps; good people run the other way, glad to escape.
6 An evil man is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices.

Proverbs 29:6 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 29:6

In the transgression of an evil man [there is] a snare
Or, according to the accents in some copies, "in the transgression of a man is an evil snare", as Aben Ezra observes the words may be read; there is a snare in sin to man himself; one sin leads on to another, and a man is snared by the works of his own hands, and is implicated and held in the cords of his own iniquity, and falls into the snare of the devil, out of which he is not easily recovered; and the transgression of one man is a snare to another; he is drawn into sin by ill examples; and, by indulging himself in sin, the evil day comes upon him unawares as a snare; and sooner or later he is filled with horrors of conscience, anguish, and distress; but the righteous doth sing and rejoice;
not at the snares of others, their sin or punishment; for such a man rejoices not in iniquity, though he sometimes does at the punishment of sinners, because of the glory of the divine justice; and Gersom thinks this is here meant; see ( Psalms 58:10 ) ; but rather, as he also observes, the righteous man rejoices at his deliverance from the snares of sin and Satan, and of the world; he rejoices in the righteousness by which he is denominated righteous; not his own, but the righteousness of Christ, it being so rich and glorious, so perfect and complete; he rejoices in salvation by him it being so suitable, so, real, so full, so free, and so much for the glory of God; he rejoices in the pardon of his sins through the blood of Christ, and in the expiation of them by his sacrifice; he rejoices in his person, in the greatness, fitness, fulness, and beauty of it; he rejoices in all his offices he bears and executes, and in all the relations he stands in to him; he rejoices in his word and ordinances, in the prosperity of his cause and interest, in the good of his people, and in hope of the glory of God; and even sings for joy in the view of electing, redeeming, and calling grace, and eternal life and happiness; he has peace of conscience now, fears no enemy, nor any danger, and expects a life of glory in the world to come; and oftentimes sings on the brink of the grave, in the view of death and eternity.

Proverbs 29:6 In-Context

4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
5 Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Job 5:13; S Proverbs 26:27; Ecclesiastes 9:12
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