Proverbs 21:15
New International Version
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

New Living Translation
Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.

English Standard Version
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Berean Study Bible
Justice executed is a joy to the righteous, but a terror to the workers of iniquity.

New American Standard Bible
The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity.

New King James Version
It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

King James Bible
It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Christian Standard Bible
Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity.

Contemporary English Version
When justice is done, good citizens are glad and crooks are terrified.

Good News Translation
When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are brought to despair.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity.

International Standard Version
Administering justice brings joy to the righteous, but terror to those who practice iniquity.

NET Bible
Doing justice brings joy to the righteous and terror to those who do evil.

New Heart English Bible
It is joy to the righteous to do justice; but it is a destruction to evildoers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The joy of the righteous works justice, and ruin to evildoers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When justice is done, a righteous person is delighted, but troublemakers are terrified.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To do justly is joy to the righteous, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
The execution of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
It is joy to the just to do justice: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

American King James Version
It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

American Standard Version
It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is the joy of the righteous to do judgment: but a holy man is abominable with evil-doers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is joy to the just to do judgment: and dread to them that work iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
It is joy to a righteous [man] to do what is right; but it is ruin for the workers of iniquity.

English Revised Version
It is joy to the righteous to do judgment; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

World English Bible
It is joy to the righteous to do justice; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
To do justice is joy to the righteous, But ruin to workers of iniquity.
Study Bible
The King's Heart
14A gift in secret soothes anger, and a covert bribe pacifies great wrath. 15Justice executed is a joy to the righteous, but a terror to the workers of iniquity. 16The man who strays from the path of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:29
The way of the LORD is a refuge to the upright, but destruction awaits those who do evil.

Proverbs 21:16
The man who strays from the path of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.

Treasury of Scripture

It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

joy

Job 29:12-17
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him…

Psalm 40:8
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Psalm 112:1
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

destruction

Proverbs 21:12
The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

Proverbs 5:20
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Proverbs 10:29
The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Lexicon
Justice
מִשְׁפָּ֑ט (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

executed
עֲשׂ֣וֹת (‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

is a joy
שִׂמְחָ֣ה (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

to the righteous,
לַ֭צַּדִּיק (laṣ·ṣad·dîq)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

but a terror
וּ֝מְחִתָּ֗ה (ū·mə·ḥit·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4288: A dissolution, a ruin, consternation

to the workers
לְפֹ֣עֲלֵי (lə·p̄ō·‘ă·lê)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6466: To do, make, to practise

of iniquity.
אָֽוֶן׃ (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol
(15) But destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.--This may also mean, "It is a terror to the workers of iniquity (to do right)." They are afraid to trust such promises as Matthew 6:33. They think they will be ruined if they do not cheat their neighbours when they have an opportunity.

Verse 15. - It is joy to the just to do judgment. The righteous feel real pleasure in doing what is right; they have the answer of a good conscience, and the feeling that they are, as far as they can, making God's will their will, and this brings deep comfort and stable joy (see some contrary experiences, ver. 10 and Proverbs 10:23; Proverbs 15:21). But destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The Authorized Version, by inserting "shall be," and making this clause a separate assertion, obscures the force of the original, which, as in Proverbs 10:29 (where see note), contrasts the effect of right-doing on the good and the evil. It is a joy to the former, "but destruction [or, 'terror'] to them that work iniquity." Et pavor operantibus iniquitatem, Vulgate. They cannot trust themselves to do rightly without fear; they cannot commit the result to God, as the righteous do; if ever they do act uprightly, it is against their inclination, and such action will, as they fear, bring them to ruin. Septuagint, "It is the joy of the righteous to do judgment; but a holy man is abominable (ἀκάθαρτος) among evil doers." So Wisd. 2:15, "He [the rightous] is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion... he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness (ἀκαθαρσιῶν)."
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