Proverbs 24:19-20

Saying 29

19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Proverbs 24:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
ESV
19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked,
NLT
19 Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked.
MSG
19 Don't bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
CSB
19 Don't worry because of evildoers, and don't envy the wicked.

Proverbs 24:19-20 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 12

This chapter relates Rehoboam's going to Shechem to be made king, and Jeroboam's return from Egypt, 1Ki 12:1,2, the people's request to Rehoboam to be eased of their taxes, as the condition of making him king, 1Ki 12:3,4, his answer to them, after three days, having had the advice both of the old and young men, which latter he followed, and gave in a rough answer, 1Ki 12:5-15, upon which ten tribes revolted from him, and two abode by him, 1Ki 12:16-20, wherefore he meditated a war against the ten tribes, but was forbid by the Lord to engage in it, 1Ki 12:21-24 and Jeroboam, in order to establish his kingdom, and preserve the people from a revolt to the house of David, because of the temple worship at Jerusalem, devised a scheme of idolatrous worship in his own territories, 1Ki 12:25-33.

Proverbs 24:19-20 In-Context

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 37:1
  • 2. S Job 18:5; S Proverbs 13:9; Proverbs 23:17-18
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