Proverbs 3:31
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New International Version
Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.

King James Bible
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Darby Bible Translation
Envy not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

World English Bible
Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not envious of a man of violence, Nor fix thou on any of his ways.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Envy thou not the oppressor - O how bewitching is power! Every man desires it; and yet all hate tyrants. But query, if all had power, would not the major part be tyrants?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Proverbs 24:1,19,20 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them...

Psalm 37:1,7-9 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity...

Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past...

the oppressor

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter...


Proverbs 1:15-18 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path...

Proverbs 2:12-15 To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks fraudulent things...

Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

Proverbs 22:22-25 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate...

March 6. "Lean not unto Thine Own Understanding" (Prov. Iii. 5).
"Lean not unto thine own understanding" (Prov. iii. 5). Faith is hindered by reliance upon human wisdom, whether our own or the wisdom of others. The devil's first bait to Eve was an offer of wisdom, and for this she sold her faith. "Ye shall be as gods," he said, "knowing good and evil," and from the hour she began to know she ceased to trust. It was the spies that lost the Land of Promise to Israel of old. It was their foolish proposition to search out the land, and find out by investigation whether
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

October the Twenty-Eighth Pleasantness and Peace
"Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." --PROVERBS iii. 13-26. In the ways of the Lord I shall have feasts of "pleasantness." But not always at the beginning of the ways. Sometimes my faith is called upon to take a very unattractive road, and nothing welcomes me of fascination and delight. But here is a law of the spiritual life. The exercised faith intensifies my spiritual senses, and hidden things become manifest to my soul--hidden beauties, hidden sounds, hidden scents!
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Epistle Cvi. To Syagrius, Ætherius, virgilius, and Desiderius, Bishops .
To Syagrius, Ætherius, Virgilius, and Desiderius, Bishops [65] . Gregory to Syagrius of Augustodunum (Autun), Etherius of Lugdunum (Lyons), Virgilius of Aretale (Arles), and Desiderius of Vienna (Vienne), bishops of Gaul. A paribus. Our Head, which is Christ, has to this end willed us to be His members, that through the bond of charity and faith He might make us one body in Himself. And to Him it befits us so to adhere in heart, that, since without Him we can be nothing, through Him we may
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

The Tenth Commandment
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.' Exod 20: 17. THIS commandment forbids covetousness in general, Thou shalt not covet;' and in particular, Thy neighbour's house, thy neighbour's wife, &c. I. It forbids covetousness in general. Thou shalt not covet.' It is lawful to use the world, yea, and to desire so much of it as may keep us from the temptation
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Cross References
Psalm 37:1
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

Proverbs 24:1
Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;

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