An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him.
A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Evil people seek rebellion, but they will be severely punished.
Criminals out looking for nothing but trouble won't have to wait long--they'll meet it coming and going!
An uncontrolled man is only looking for trouble, so a cruel servant will be sent against him.
Evil people seek only rebellion, but a cruel messenger will be sent against them.
An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
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1 sn The proverb is set up in a cause and effect relationship. The cause is that evil people seek rebellion. The term מְרִי (mÿri) means “rebellion.” It is related to the verb מָרָה (marah, “to be contentious; to be rebellious; to be refractory”). BDB 598 s.v. מְרִי translates the line “a rebellious man seeketh only evil” (so NASB).
2 tn The parallelism seems to be formal, with the idea simply continuing to the second line; the conjunction is therefore translated to reflect this. However, the proverb could be interpreted as antithetical just as easily.
3 sn Those bent on rebellion will meet with retribution. The messenger could very well be a merciless messenger from the king; but the expression could also figuratively describe something God sends – storms, pestilence, or any other misfortune.