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Proverbs 21:10-12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
    their neighbor finds no pity in their eyes.
11 When scoffers are punished the naive become wise;
    when the wise succeed, they gain knowledge.
12 The Righteous One appraises the house of the wicked,
    bringing down the wicked to ruin.[a]


  1. 21:12 It is difficult to ascertain the subject of the saying. Some hold it is the Lord, the “Righteous One,” who is normally the executor of justice in Proverbs. Others believe it is the just person who is the agent of divine justice. “Righteous One” is a title for God in Is 24:16. The best argument for making God the subject of the verb is that elsewhere in Proverbs righteous human beings never do anything to the wicked; only God does.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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