New International Version
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
King James Bible
The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Darby Bible Translation
The labour of a righteous [man] [tendeth] to life; the revenue of a wicked [man], to sin.
World English Bible
The labor of the righteous leads to life. The increase of the wicked leads to sin.
Young's Literal Translation
The wage of the righteous is for life, The increase of the wicked for sin.
Proverbs 10:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The labor of the righteous - The good man labors that he may be able to support life; this is his first object: and then to have something to divide with the poor; this is his next object.
The fruit of the wicked to sin - This man lives to eat and drink, and his property he spends in riot and excess. God's blessings are cursed to him.
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'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way …
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