When will "evildoers … bow down" before good? (Proverbs 14:19)

Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
    and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. (NIV )

Proverbs 14:19

ESV - 19 The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Clarify Share Report Asked February 19 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the circumstances being referred to by the proverb are similar to the judgment that God pronounced in 1 Samuel 2 against the Levite priest Eli because of the corruption of his sons (Hophni and Phinehas) that Eli was doing nothing about.

At that time, God told Eli, "I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always. Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, 'Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.’” 

In the same way, God will ultimately cause the evil to bow before the righteous (if not in this life or world, then in the final judgment at the close of the age).

February 24 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining