The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
– Proverbs 10:28
This proverb takes the long view of wisdom. It is not so much concerned with near-future earthly life as it is with after life. Many look at the Proverbs as a collection of home-spun wisdom sayings that help you get on in life. If you pay attention, along the way Solomon drops wisdom that lets you know much more is at stake. This is one of those proverbs and there are others (Proverbs 11:7; 14:32). Righteousness shall ultimately be rewarded with eternal joy (Psalm 16:9-11). Wickedness will also be rewarded by eternal punishment (Psalm 112:10; Revelation 21:8).