Proverbs 3:31

“Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Enuie thou not the oppressour, and choose none of his wayes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Have no envy of the violent man, or take any of his ways as an example.
- Basic English Bible

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

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
- Webster's Bible

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

Be not envious of a man of violence, Nor fix thou on any of his ways.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Envy thou not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 3:31


3:31 Envy not - For his impunity and success.


Discussion for Proverbs 3

  • LEE
    The teachings in proverb is telling us about how to live a righteous life in Christ.
  • A disciple
    "Wisdom is in the action and the doing of what we know is right, according to the convictions and strivings of the Spirit with our conscience." And I should add; next to our moral convictions we also have to train our minds to be bright and attentive to the things we learn, and as Peter wrote in his Second Epistle that we should always have these things ready in remembrance to be able to do them.
  • Sonja Hall
    God knows what He is doing. He created us. We reap what we sow.
  • A disciple
    "The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools." Wisdom is in the action and the doing of what we know is right, according to the convictions and strivings of the Spirit with our conscience. Foolishness disregards the fear and conviction, and takes the Satanic perverted stand of defiance against a good conscience, and meekness and goodness in the sight of God. The wise are the obedient, whose faith WORKS by love out of a clean heart, without stage-playing. Foolishness makes us criminals, and a grief to all with whom we have to do. Wisdom anticipates having to give account to God but fools believe that their pride and their fool companions will never be brought under subjection. The wise seek and search out the reason for things, and make full use of all that they have from God to be ready for His coming. The foolish take all the outward accoutrements, forms and methods in hopes that their show of agreement and subjection will suffice, and God will give them a pass. The Spirit of Truth and Fire of the Day shall prove what kind each of us are!
  • BSP
    Verses 27 and 28: If we have the means we should not hold back from giving to others.
  • Nedra Mclain
    God is wothy to be praised!

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