New American Standard Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
King James Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
Darby Bible Translation
Evil shall destroy the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall bear their guilt.
World English Bible
Evil shall kill the wicked. Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
Young's Literal Translation
Evil doth put to death the wicked, And those hating the righteous are desolate.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked - That is, his own wicked conduct will be the cause of his destruction. His ruin is not arbitrary, or the mere result of a divine appointment; it is caused by sin, and is the regular and natural consequence of guilt. In the destruction of the sinner, there will not be any one thing which cannot be explained by the supposition that it is the regular effect of sin, or what sin is, in its own nature, suited to produce. The one will measure the other; guilt will be the measure of all that there is in the punishment.
And they that hate the righteous - Another term for the wicked, or a term designating the character of the wicked in one aspect or view. It is true of all the wicked that they must hate the righteous in their hearts, or that they are so opposed to the character of the righteous that it is proper to designate this feeling as "hatred."
Shall be desolate - Margin, "shall be guilty." Prof. Alexander and Hengstenberg render this, as in the margin, "shall be guilty." DeWette, "shall repent." Rosenmuller, "shall be condemned." The original word - אשׁם 'âsham - means properly to fail in duty, to transgress, to be guilty. The primary idea, says Gesenius (Lexicon), is that of "negligence," especially in going, or in gait, as of a camel that is slow or faltering. Then the word means to be held or treated as faulty or guilty; and then, to bear the consequences of guilt, or to be punished. This seems to be the idea here. The word is sometimes synonymous with another Hebrew word - ישׁם yâsham - meaning to be desolate; to be destroyed; to be laid waste: Ezekiel 6:6; Joel 1:18; Psalm 5:10. But the usual meaning of the word is undoubtedly retained here, as signifying that, in the dealings of Providence, or in the administering of divine government, such men will be held to be guilty, and will be treated accordingly; that is, that they will be punished.
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O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.
He has brought back their wickedness upon them And will destroy them in their evil; The LORD our God will destroy them.
"May a slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man speedily."
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
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