When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power comes to nothing. Proverbs 11:7
In essence, this verse is stating the age-old truth; you can’t take it with you.
I believe it also says a person whose goals are not honorable, a person who is self-serving and desirous of power over others, will have nothing to show for his efforts when he dies and leaves this earth.
I am also reminded of a saying from my childhood days; cheaters never win. It is a saying that applies to adults as well. What it means is even though you might win at the game, or at life in general, your victory or spoils cannot truly be celebrated or enjoyed if you won by cheating. That’s true of most people; however, it is unfortunately a fact many of the truly wicked will manage to enjoy their victories no matter how deviously they might be achieved.
But in the end, the victories, possessions and money are worthless. For when a wicked man dies, all his hopes of riches and power die with him. Death cannot be cheated, and if a man lives his life worshipping “things” and lording over others, he will die alone with nothing.
On the other hand, when a man loves God and dies, his hope is realized, and eternal life is his reward. All he expected is found to be true and even more than he had hoped for.