Proverbs 24:16

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For a iust man falleth seuen times, and riseth vp againe: but the wicked shall fall into mischiefe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in {time of} calamity.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For an upright man, after falling seven times, will get up again: but trouble is the downfall of the evil.
- Basic English Bible

For the righteous falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked stumble into disaster.
- Darby Bible

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
- Webster's Bible

for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
- World English Bible

For seven [times] doth the righteous fall and rise, And the wicked stumble in evil.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again, but the wicked stumble under adversity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 24:16


24:16 Falleth - Into calamities, of which he evidently speaks both in the foregoing verse, and in the following branch of this verse. Fall - Frequently into irrecoverable destruction.


Discussion for Proverbs 24

  • Watchful
    The answer to this question posted by Rita is simple. The various versions stem from two veins:
    Man's desire to produce a more accurate version (such as the NASB) and man's rebellion against the established Word of God. If sinful man doesn't like what he reads, he simply rewords it, or deletes it. Man will answer for his rebellion, be rest assured.
  • A disciple
    Rita Lee; "Accommodating an agenda" is a good way to put it! There IS an answer to your question, but its complicated and lengthy: you might enjoy doing a research and study of the subject; but be forewarned, there are many misleading voices and much wrong information! In short, there were basically two streams; the Anointed and True Text, and evil men's manipulation and corruption of the Word.
  • Rita Lee
    I prefer try to live in accordance to the KJV version of the Holy Bible, and refer to the Basic Bible. I can't grasp the necessity of all the other versions. It angers me that man attempts to manipulate everything, even something as simple as a play on words to accomodate an agenda. Why so many !!??
  • JPW
    In verse 16, when we fall into temptation we need to rise again, and not get discouraged by it
  • Faith gp
    You must personnalize who Jesus in your life and protect your spirit man with the word of God,above all, wisdom is the principal thing
  • BSP
    Verse 10: If we lose hope and become discouraged, our strength will become puny or small.

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