Proverbs 24:24
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English Standard Version
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,

King James Bible
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

American Standard Version
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; Peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that say to the wicked man: Thou art just: shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall abhor them.

English Revised Version
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:

Webster's Bible Translation
He that saith to the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Proverbs 24:24 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Warning against a vindictive disposition, and joy over its satisfaction.

17 At the fall of thine enemy rejoice not,

     And at his overthrow let not thine heart be glad;

18 That Jahve see it not, and it be displeasing to Him,

     And He turns away His anger from Him.

The Chethı̂b, which in itself, as the plur. of category, אויביך, might be tolerable, has 17b against it: with right, all interpreters adhere to the Kerı̂ אויבך (with i from ē in doubled close syllable, as in the like Kerı̂, 1 Samuel 24:5). וּבבּשׁלו, for וּבהכּשׁלו, is the syncope usual in the inf. Niph. and Hiph., which in Niph. occurs only once with the initial guttural (as בּעטף) or half guttural (לראות). רעו is not adj. here as at 1 Samuel 25:3, but perf. with the force of a fut. (Symmachus: καὶ μὴ ἀρέσῃ ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ). The proverb extends the duty of love even to an enemy; for it requires that we do good to him and not evil, and warns against rejoicing when evil befalls him. Hitzig, indeed, supposes that the noble morality which is expressed in Proverbs 24:17 is limited to a moderate extent by the motive assigned in 18b. Certainly the poet means to say that God could easily give a gracious turn for the better, as to the punishment of the wicked, to the decree of his anger against his enemy; but his meaning is not this, that one, from joy at the misfortune of others, ought to desist from interrupting the process of the destruction of his enemy, and let it go on to its end; but much rather, that one ought to abstain from this joy, so as not to experience the manifestation of God's displeasure thereat, but His granting grace to him against whom we rejoice to see God's anger go forth.

(Note: This proverb, according to Aboth iv. 24, was the motto of that Samuel with the surname הקטן, who formulated ברכת המינים (the interpolation in the Schemone-Esre prayer directed against the schismatics): he thus distinguished between private enemies and the enemies of the truth.)

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that

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

Exodus 23:6,7 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause...

Isaiah 5:20,23 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet...

Jeremiah 6:13,14 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness...

Jeremiah 8:10,11 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them...

Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked...

him shall

Proverbs 11:26 He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be on the head of him that sells it.

Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look on the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die...

Cross References
Proverbs 11:26
The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

Proverbs 17:15
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

Isaiah 5:23
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!

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