New American Standard Bible
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.
King James Bible
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
Darby Bible Translation
The wicked worketh a deceitful work; but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.
World English Bible
Wicked people earn deceitful wages, but one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
Young's Literal Translation
The wicked is getting a lying wage, And whoso is sowing righteousness -- a true reward.
Proverbs 11:18 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Deceitful work - Work which deceives and disappoints the worker; in contrast with the "sure reward" of the second clause.
Omit "shall be" and render, "but he that soweth righteousness worketh a sure reward."
A sermon (No. 642) delivered on Sunday morning, July 30, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it."--Proverbs 11:26. If I dared, I should always preach upon the comfortable promises and gracious doctrines of God's Word. I find it most delightful and easy work to expatiate upon those themes of revelation which abound in sweetness, and are full of savor and preciousness …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
To Win Souls Requires Wisdom.
The Controversy Ended
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
"Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.
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