Proverbs 11:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 11:8, NIV: "The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead."

Proverbs 11:8, ESV: "The righteous is delivered from trouble, and the wicked walks into it instead."

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

Proverbs 11:8, NASB: "The righteous is rescued from trouble, But the wicked takes his place."

Proverbs 11:8, NLT: "The godly are rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead."

Proverbs 11:8, CSB: "The righteous one is rescued from trouble; in his place, the wicked one goes in."

What does Proverbs 11:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Once again, Solomon contrasts the way righteous and wicked persons deal with life's troubles. This uses the typical style of a "proverb," which is a general case, common sense statement. Here, the typical pattern is that a moral life generally keeps a person out of trouble, while a sinful life often brings on terrible consequences. Obedience to God's commands, in particular (Proverbs 1:7), helps a godly person avoid danger. Those who ignore this wisdom move straight towards their own ruin.

The book of Esther illustrates this truth. Mordecai, a righteous Jew, was delivered from the gallows wicked Haman had constructed for him, but Haman was hanged there (Esther 9:24–25). A wicked lifestyle leads to trouble. By defiling the body with drugs and illicit sex, a person experiences poor health. By committing crime, a person courts trouble with the law, and is likely to end up behind bars. By violating God's command not to commit adultery, a person will encounter marital problems and may experience public disgrace. It is always wise to obey God and live under the smile of His approval.