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Reformation Study Bible – Pr 11:31
Pr 11:31

11:31 The form of this proverb, using intensification (“how much more”) is typical of wisdom (15:11; 17:7; 19:7, 10; 21:27).

the righteous is repaid. Not even the righteous escape the scrutiny of judgment. The Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) translation reads, “If the righteous one is scarcely saved” (as quoted in 1 Pet. 4:18).

on earth. Or, “in the land” (2:20–22 note).

how much more the wicked. If the sins of the righteous are judged, obviously those of the ungodly are judged as well. The principle of human responsibility is clear: even the righteous must accept responsibility for their folly.