John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 22 (Proverbs 2:22)

But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth ,.... Suddenly by death; or in a judicial way by the hand of the civil magistrate, before they have lived out half their days; and shall not enjoy the good things of the earth they have been seeking for, and laying up, and promising themselves a long and quiet possession of; but, on the contrary, like unfruitful trees, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire; and, however, shall not dwell in the second Adam's earth, in the new earth, but shall perish out of his land, Psalm 10:16 ; see Psalm 37:2 ;

and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it ; such as have acted treacherously and perfidiously F3 בוגדים "perfide agentis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "perfidi", Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens. , and are opposed to upright men; as the wicked are to the righteous, pure, and spotless; these shall not only be cut off as trees to the stump, but be rooted up, and have neither root nor branch left them; they shall have no posterity to succeed them, and their memory shall utterly perish; see Malachi 4:1 ; or "shall be scraped off", or "swept away" F4 יסחו "eradentur", Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "everrentur", Schultens. , as the dust and dross of the earth, and the offscouring of all things.

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary