Proverbs 11:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 11:7, NIV: "Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing."

Proverbs 11:7, ESV: "When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too."

Proverbs 11:7, KJV: "When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth."

Proverbs 11:7, NASB: "When a wicked person dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong people perishes."

Proverbs 11:7, NLT: "When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength."

Proverbs 11:7, CSB: "When the wicked person dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes."

What does Proverbs 11:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

According to this verse, the wicked person has no hope of surviving death. Death ends his quest for wealth, and his hope of becoming rich dies with him. Worse, the evil person plunges into an eternity without hope or redemption (John 3:36).

Jesus asked a crowd two vitally important questions. He asked, "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his own soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:36–37). If it were possible to accumulate and possess all the wealth of the world, its value would not equal the value of a person's soul. Wealth will not last forever, but the soul lives beyond the grave, either in heaven or in hell. No amount of money can purchase eternal life.

Peter reminds his readers in 1 Peter 1:18–19 that they were not redeemed "with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot."