Proverbs 14:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 14:19, NIV: Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 14:19, ESV: The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 14:19, KJV: The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 14:19, NASB: The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Proverbs 14:19, NLT: Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

Proverbs 14:19, CSB: The evil bow before those who are good, and the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

What does Proverbs 14:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Often, it seems evil sits on the throne as king (Psalm 73:2–3; Habakkuk 1:2–4). And yet, from God's eternal perspective, all evil bows down before the righteous. The complete fulfillment of this awaits the return of Christ to rule the earth (Revelation 19:11–16). At that time, He will subject the nations to His rule (Revelation 12:5). Philippians 2:10 states "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

When Jesus rules Earth, believers will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12). Also, believers will judge the nations (1 Corinthians 6:2). Psalm 49:14 portrays the humbling of the wicked and the rule of the righteous. This verse states: "Like sheep [the unrighteous] are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning."