Proverbs 11:31

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed on the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
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AD 735
“If the righteous receives [retribution] on earth, how much more the wicked and sinner?” This is to say clearly, “If the frailty of mortal life is so great that not even the righteous who are to be crowned in heaven pass through this life without tribulations on account of the countless slips of [our] flawed nature, how much more do those who are cut off from heavenly grace await the certain outcome of their everlasting damnation? Commentary on Peter

Fulgentius of Ruspe

AD 533
Conversion from both impiety and iniquity is commanded. For both provoke the wrath of God against one, because God detests and condemns both, as Paul says, “The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and human wickedness.” And Solomon says, as the blessed Peter had also inserted among his own words, “And if the righteous one is barely saved, when will the godless and the sinner appear?” On the Forgiveness of Sins.

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Receive. Punishment, for almost inevitable faults, or be treated according to his deserts. Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic, "if the just be hardly saved, where shall the impious and the sinner appear? "(1 Peter iv. 18.) (Calmet) Afflictions attend the just in this life. Shall the wicked escape? (Menochius)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
“If the righteous are saved with difficulty, where will the impious and sinners appear?” Consider that life is long, a lasting residence with many dangers. And he [Solomon] does not say these words about those who lived righteously. But if by any chance he said something about them, he would speak in the best of terms. Indeed if God has bestowed something upon us, what we have done with it will be examined, and who will be justified except the one who is purer than the sun? By “righteous” he [Solomon] means the one who organizes his life in righteousness. The one who hates God is “impious.” The “sinner” is the one who acts wickedly. Commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon, Fragment

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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