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How Will the Righteous and the Wicked Fare?
Proverbs 12:7 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous will stand.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more: The Hebrew word (הָפַךְ haphak) rendered overthrown means that God will destroy or bring to ruin the wicked, that they will be no more (אַיִן ayin), that is, nothing, naught, non-existent.
but the house of the righteous will stand: Here house (בַּיִת bayith) is a general reference to one’s physical home and land (wellbeing), which, if it were taken, it would mean poverty and having to sell oneself into servitude in ancient times. Will stand (עָמַד amad) means that the home and land (wellbeing) of the righteous will stand firm against any disaster or adversity that this fallen world might throw at it.
In the end, how will the righteous and the wicked fare? The house here refers to the precious home and the land, as well as the family living in the household, all that are impacted, all that makes it possible for them to live, that is, their wellbeing. Therefore, the wicked will be destroyed by God so that they are no more. The righteous will receive protection from God’s Word, so they can wisely stand firm against any disaster or adversity that may affect their wellbeing.
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