New International Version
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
King James Bible
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Darby Bible Translation
For the righteous falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked stumble into disaster.
World English Bible
for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
Young's Literal Translation
For seven times doth the righteous fall and rise, And the wicked stumble in evil.
Proverbs 24:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For a just man - צדיק tsaddik, the righteous, the same person mentioned above.
Falleth seven times - Gets very often into distresses through his resting place being spoiled by the wicked man, the robber, the spoiler of the desert, lying in wait for this purpose, Proverbs 24:15.
And riseth up again - Though God permit the hand of violence sometimes to spoil his tent, temptations to assail his mind, and afflictions to press down his body, he constantly emerges; and every time he passes through the furnace, he comes out brighter and more refined.
But the wicked shall fall into mischief - And there they shall lie; having no strong arm to uphold them. Yet,
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'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise …
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persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
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