New International Version
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
King James Bible
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Say not, I will recompense evil: wait on Jehovah, and he shall save thee.
World English Bible
Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
Young's Literal Translation
Do not say, 'I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will recompense evil - Wait on the Lord; judgment is his, and his judgments are sure. In the mean time pray for the conversion of your enemy.
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'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
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The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.
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