Proverbs 11:18
New International Version
A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

New Living Translation
Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.

English Standard Version
The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.

Berean Study Bible
The wicked man earns an empty wage, but he who sows righteousness reaps a true reward.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

New King James Version
The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.

King James Bible
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked person earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.

Contemporary English Version
Meanness gets you nowhere, but goodness is rewarded.

Good News Translation
Wicked people do not really gain anything, but if you do what is right, you are certain to be rewarded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.

International Standard Version
Evil people earn deceptive wages, but those who plant righteousness are truly rewarded.

NET Bible
The wicked person earns deceitful wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a genuine reward.

New Heart English Bible
Wicked people earn deceitful wages, but one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

A Faithful Version
The wicked makes a deceitful work, but one sowing righteousness has a sure reward.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked does works of depravity, and truth is the reward of him who sows righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person earns dishonest wages, but whoever spreads righteousness earns honest pay.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked earneth deceitful wages; But he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

New American Standard 1977
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

American King James Version
The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

American Standard Version
The wicked earneth deceitful wages; But he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
An ungodly man performs unrighteous works: but the seed of the righteous is a reward of truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked maketh an unsteady work: but to him that soweth justice, there is a faithful reward.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked worketh a deceitful work; but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

English Revised Version
The wicked earneth deceitful wages: but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

World English Bible
Wicked people earn deceitful wages, but one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked is getting a lying wage, And whoso is sowing righteousness -- a true reward.
Study Bible
Dishonest Scales
17A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself. 18The wicked man earns an empty wage, but he who sows righteousness reaps a true reward.19Genuine righteousness leads to life, but the pursuit of evil brings death.…
Cross References
John 4:36
Already the reaper draws his wages and gathers a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together.

Galatians 6:8
The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.

James 3:18
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap the fruit of righteousness.

Exodus 1:20
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became even more numerous.

Proverbs 10:16
The labor of the righteous leads to life, but the gain of the wicked brings punishment.

Hosea 10:12
Sow for yourselves righteousness and reap the fruit of loving devotion; break up your unplowed ground. For it is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness upon you like rain.

Treasury of Scripture

The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

wicked

Proverbs 1:18
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

Proverbs 5:22
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

Job 27:13-23
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty…

but

Proverbs 22:8
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Psalm 126:5,6
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

Hosea 10:12,13
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you…









Lexicon
The wicked man
רָשָׁ֗ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

earns
עֹשֶׂ֥ה (‘ō·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

an empty
שָׁ֑קֶר (šā·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

wage,
פְעֻלַּת־ (p̄ə·‘ul·laṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6468: A work, recompense

but he who sows
וְזֹרֵ֥עַ (wə·zō·rê·a‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2232: To sow, to disseminate, plant, fructify

righteousness
צְ֝דָקָ֗ה (ṣə·ḏā·qāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

[reaps] a true
אֱמֶֽת׃ (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

reward.
שֶׂ֣כֶר (śe·ḵer)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7938: Hire, wages
(18) Worketh a deceitful work--i.e., which ends in nothing, deceiving his hopes. (Comp. Proverbs 11:7.)

But to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.--Rather, he that soweth righteousness (worketh) a sure reward for himself. (For "righteousness," see above on Proverbs 10:2.)

Verse 18. - A deceitful work; work that brings no reward or profit, belying hope, like "fundus mendax" of Horace, 'Od.,' 3:1, 30. The Septuagint has, "unrighteous works," which seems a jejune rendering, and does not bring out the contrast of the sure reward in the second member (comp. Proverbs 10:2, 16). To him that soweth righteousness (Hosea 10:12; Galatians 6:8, 9). To "sow righteousness" is to act righteously, to live in such a way that the result is holiness. The "reward," in a Jew's eyes, would be a long life in which to enjoy the fruits of his good conduct. We Christians have a better hope, which is, perhaps, adumbrated by this analogy: as the seed sown in the field does not produce its fruit till the time of harvest, so righteousness meets with its full recompense only in the great harvest at the end of all things. The Revised Version renders, The wicked earnnth deceitful wages: but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward. This makes a good antithesis. The Septuagint renders the last clause, "but the seed of the righteous is a true reward (μισθὸς ἀληθείας)."
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