When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
– Proverbs 29:16
This saying seems to have the wicked ascending to authority, like in Provers 29:2. The increase of wicked authority will increase the sins of a society. The point of the saying comes in the contrasting last line. The wicked may outnumber the righteous at various times, but ultimately the righteous will outlast the wicked.