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The Evil Will Have to Bow Down
Proverbs 14:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
19 The evil bow down before the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The evil bow down before the good: The Hebrew verb (שָׁחַח shachach) bow down, used here, is a sign of respect that may convey submission, submissiveness, or regard toward another human, or simply a greeting. (Gen. 18:2) Here, in this context, it is an act of submissiveness toward the good, a recognition of the superiority of the good over the evil.
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous: The wicked parallels the evil, while the righteous parallels the good. The wicked at the gates of the rights conveys the idea of waiting impatiently at the gate, that is, access to the righteous, seeking, begging for something.
The wicked many times in their life or certainly, in the end, will be ruined and brought low, which will result in their having to beg the good for something. Their wickedness will have reduced them to a lifetime of distress, difficulties, crisis, plights, ending in ruination, while good men may struggle at times in life, they are blessed by God, are enriched with successes, which enables them to give some basics to the wicked man.
Many times, in history, even the wicked have had to reluctantly acknowledge the outstanding qualities of God’s people. The wicked man will find himself throughout his life having to bow before the good man. They desire the help of the good man. In other words, the good will in the end be victorious over the wicked.
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