Proverbs 21:18
New International Version
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.

New Living Translation
The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest.

English Standard Version
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the traitor for the upright.

Berean Study Bible
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright.

King James Bible
The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

New King James Version
The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.

NASB 1995
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.

NASB 1977
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.

Amplified Bible
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous in the place of the upright [for they fall into their own traps].

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked are a ransom for the righteous, and the treacherous, for the upright.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked are a ransom for the righteous, and the treacherous, for the upright.

American Standard Version
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous cometh in the stead of the upright.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil is an exchange for the righteous and a liar for the upright.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and a transgressor is the abomination of a righteous man.

Contemporary English Version
God's people will escape, but all who are wicked will pay the price.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked is delivered up for the just: and the unjust for the righteous.

English Revised Version
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; and the treacherous cometh in the stead of the upright.

Good News Translation
The wicked bring on themselves the suffering they try to cause good people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wicked people become a ransom for righteous people, and treacherous people will take the place of decent people.

International Standard Version
The wicked are ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the faithless cometh in the stead of the upright.

Literal Standard Version
The wicked [is] an atonement for the righteous, And the treacherous dealer for the upright.

NET Bible
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless are taken in the place of the upright.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; the treacherous for the upright.

World English Bible
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; the treacherous for the upright.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked is an atonement for the righteous, And for the upright the treacherous dealer.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The King's Heart
17He who loves pleasure will become poor; the one who loves wine and oil will never be rich. 18The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright. 19Better to live in the desert than with a contentious and ill-tempered wife.…

Cross References
Proverbs 11:8
The righteous man is delivered from trouble; in his place the wicked man goes in.

Isaiah 43:3
For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.


Treasury of Scripture

The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

wicked

Proverbs 11:8
The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Isaiah 43:3,4
For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee…

Isaiah 53:4,5
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted…









(18) The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous.--The righteous is "delivered out of trouble (Proverbs 11:8; comp. Isaiah 57:1), and the wicked cometh in his stead" to receive upon his own head God's descending punishment. So it was with Mordecai and Haman.

Verse 18. - The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous. The same thought occurs in Proverbs 11:8 (where see note). כֹּפֶר (kopher), "price of atonement," means of reconciliation. Delitzsch instances that the great movement which gathered the nations together for the destruction of Babylon put an end to Israel's exile; and that Cyrus, the scourge of so many heathen peoples, was the liberator of the Jews (comp. Isaiah 44:28). And the transgressor for the upright. The faithless takes the place of the upright; the stroke passes over the latter, to fall on the former, as in Egypt the destroying angel spared the houses of the Israelites, and poured his wrath on the Egyptians. Septuagint, "A transgressor is the offscouring (περικάθαρμα, perhaps equivalent to 'ransom') of a righteous man."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

[shall become] a ransom
כֹּ֣פֶר (kō·p̄er)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3724: A cover, a village, bitumen, the henna plant, a redemption-price

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

and the faithless
בּוֹגֵֽד׃ (bō·w·ḡêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 898: To cover, to act covertly, to pillage

for
וְתַ֖חַת (wə·ṯa·ḥaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

the upright.
יְשָׁרִ֣ים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 3477: Straight, right


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