Proverbs 13:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 13:9, NIV: The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

Proverbs 13:9, ESV: The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Proverbs 13:9, KJV: The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 13:9, NASB: The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.

Proverbs 13:9, NLT: The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Proverbs 13:9, CSB: The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is put out.

What does Proverbs 13:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Solomon points out the common-sense observation that godliness tends to keep a person from danger (Proverbs 1:7, 32–33, while sin brings risks that lead to an early death (Proverbs 6:32–33; 11:5, 21; 12:21).

The reference to a "lamp" in this verse alludes to the illumination a person in the ancient Middle East had in his tent. His oil lamp did not stay lit throughout the entire night, and when it went out, everything became completely dark. Similarly, the life of the wicked—his lamp—will not stay lit forever. Shortly, it will be extinguished, and the wicked person will die and be surrounded by utter darkness (Proverbs 11:7). The life of the righteous—his light—will extend not only for a long time on earth but also throughout eternity (John 8:12). Whereas hell is described as a place of outer darkness (Matthew 8:12), heaven is described as a place of brilliant, dazzling light. In heaven, the Lord will be the light of the righteous, and there will be no night or any need for the light or lamp of the sun (Revelation 22:5).