NASB - 19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
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I take Proverbs 1:18 together with Proverbs 1:19 --(the very next verse). They go together. The Authorized Version [KJV] is correct, and the clause means that he who practices evil brings ruin eventually on himself - a trite warning, but unheeded (comp. Proverbs 1:18 -- “And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.”). Proverbs 11:19 (The Pulpit Commentary).-- when you disobey God by harming others, you only harm yourself (Pr 1:18-19). WWW Solomon is here advising his son about evil companions in Proverbs 1:8-19. Stay away from them! Because they terrorize others in vv. 8-17 and trap and rob themselves (vv. 18-19).
"So are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain": That is, set upon getting riches in an unlawful way, by robberies and murder. His ways will end in the loss of his own blood and life, and in the loss of his immortal soul; this will be what his wicked ways and course of life will bring him to, and what will his gain profit him then? It would be of no use and service to him could he have gained the whole world. "Which taketh away the life of the owners thereof" Or who, even every one of those that are greedy of gain, and will be rich at any rate; such stick not to take away the life of the proper owners of that gain, or money they are greedy of, in order to get it into their own possession; and such wicked practices cannot fail of meeting with a just recompense. "of reward": Covetous gain, or gain gotten in such a wicked manner, will be the cause of the life of the injurious masters and wrong possessors of it being taken away from them, either by the hand of the civil magistrate, or by God himself. Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
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