Proverbs 14:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 14:32, NIV: When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.

Proverbs 14:32, ESV: The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.

Proverbs 14:32, KJV: The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

Proverbs 14:32, NASB: The wicked is thrust down by his own wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.

Proverbs 14:32, NLT: The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die.

Proverbs 14:32, CSB: The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin, but the righteous one has a refuge in his death.

What does Proverbs 14:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, Solomon observes a vast difference between the destiny of the wicked and the destiny of the righteous. When a wicked person encounters severe trouble because of his immoral lifestyle, he is helpless; he finds no comfort or suitable help (Proverbs 11:21; 12:13; 13:21). Furthermore, when God judges him, the wicked person has no defense. At the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11–15), all the wicked "defendants" will find no hiding place.

In contrast, the righteous experience trials with the Lord alongside them; He helps and comforts them (Matthew 28:20; John 16:33). Psalm 23 explains that the Lord is with the righteous even when they walk through dangers and discouragements (Psalm 23:4). Hebrews 13:5 promises that the Lord will never leave or forsake His people.

The ultimate benefit of pursuing God, and His truth, is eternal salvation. The "righteous," here, are those who honor and obey God (Proverbs 1:1–9; 1 Peter 2:24; John 10:28). Even in physical death, those who honor God find themselves protected and blessed. The apostle Paul testifies in Philippians 1:21 that for a believer death is gain, and in 2 Corinthians 5:8 he explains that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.