Wait- He Will Avenge

Proverbs 20:22 NIV … Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

From Gill’s Exposition Proverbs 20:22

Say not thou, I will recompense evil,…. With evil; do an injury to one that has done one to you; private revenge is not to be taken, but should be left to God, to whom vengeance belongs, (Deuteronomy 32:35);

but wait on the Lord(Psalm 27:14), and he shall save thee; commit thyself and cause to God; leave it with him to avenge thy wrongs; wait upon him in the way of thy duty, and wait his own time to do thee justice; he will at the proper season, and in his own way, save thee from thine enemy, and make a righteous retribution to him.

From NetBible Prv 20:22

  • *The idea “I’ll pay you back” is “getting even” by paying back someone for the evil done.
  • To “wait”  on the Lord requires faith in him, reliance on divine justice, and patience. It means that the wrongs done to a person will have to be endured for a time.
  • In this context “He will avenge” means “deliver from the evil done to you,” and so “vindicate” is an appropriate connotation. Cf. NCV “he will make things right.”

Deuteronomy 32:35 AMP
35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, in the time when their foot shall slide; for the day of their disaster is at hand and their doom comes speedily.

Psalm 27:13-14 AMP
13 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

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