Proverbs 12:21
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New International Version
No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

King James Bible
There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Darby Bible Translation
There shall no evil happen to a righteous [man]; but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

World English Bible
No mischief shall happen to the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.

Young's Literal Translation
No iniquity is desired by the righteous, And the wicked have been full of evil.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There shall no evil happen to the just - No, for all things work together for good to them that love God. Whatever occurs to a righteous man God turns to his advantage. But, on the other hand, the wicked are filled with mischief: they are hurt, grieved, and wounded, by every occurrence; and nothing turns to their profit.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:22,23 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours...

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;


Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

Jeremiah 13:12-14 Therefore you shall speak to them this word; Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine...

Habakkuk 2:16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered...

Revelation 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double to her double according to her works...

The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
1 Peter 3:13
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

Psalm 91:10
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

Psalm 121:7
The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life;

Proverbs 1:33
but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Proverbs 12:20
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 14:14
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

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