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Hope and No Hope
Proverbs 10:30 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
30 The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The righteous will never be removed: Here removed (Heb. mot) means that the righteous will be secure and will never be caused to be shaken, overthrown, or dislodged, which is in contrast to the wicked who will lose the Promised Land.
but the wicked will not dwell in the land: The language of in the land here has a particular reference to that of the Promised Land to Israel, yet it is a reference to the individual not the nation of Israel. Therefore, metaphorically, it could refer to the entire earth, which means not dwell in the land metaphorically, it can have the sense here that the wicked will be annihilated. Therefore, the New English Bible renders it, “shall not remain on earth.”
While the above can only be inferred or extrapolated from the context of God’s Word as a whole in relation to 10:30, we can say that the righteous have security and refuge within the land, in contrast to the wicked who have no hope of dwelling in the land. This promise to the righteous suggests long life, and a sense of wellbeing.