Job 21:7
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New International Version
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

New Living Translation
"Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful?

English Standard Version
Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?

New American Standard Bible
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

King James Bible
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Christian Standard Bible
Why do the wicked continue to live, growing old and becoming powerful?

Contemporary English Version
Why do evil people live so long and gain such power?

Good News Translation
Why does God let evil people live, let them grow old and prosper?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do the wicked continue to live, growing old and becoming powerful?

International Standard Version
"Why do the wicked live to reach old age and increase in power and wealth, too?

NET Bible
"Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, even increase in power?

New Heart English Bible
"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, and even become more powerful?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

New American Standard 1977
“Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why do the wicked live and become old and even increase in riches?

King James 2000 Bible
Why do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

American King James Version
Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?

American Standard Version
Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why then do the wicked live, are they advanced, and strengthened with riches?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore do the wicked live, grow old, yea, become mighty in power?

English Revised Version
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why do the wicked live, become old, and, are mighty in power?

World English Bible
"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore do the wicked live? They have become old, Yea, they have been mighty in wealth.
Study Bible
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
6"Even when I remember, I am disturbed, And horror takes hold of my flesh. 7"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful? 8"Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes,…
Cross References
Job 9:24
"The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?

Job 12:6
"The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.

Job 12:19
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.

Psalm 73:3
For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is futility which is done on the earth, that is, there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility.

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?
Treasury of Scripture

Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?

Wherefore

Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are …

Psalm 17:10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

Psalm 73:3-12 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Jeremiah 12:1-3 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Habakkuk 1:15,16 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their …

mighty

Psalm 37:35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like …

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the …

Revelation 13:2-7 And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard, and his feet were …

Revelation 17:2-4 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication…

Verse 7. - Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Job asks for an explanation of the facts which his own experience has impressed upon him. He has seen that "the wicked live" quite as long as the righteous, that in many cases they attain to a ripe old age, and become among the powerful of the earth. The great "pyramid kings" of Egypt, whose cruel oppressions were remembered down to the time of Herodotus (Herod., 2:124-128), reigned respectively, according to Egyptian tradition, sixty-three and sixty-six years(Manetho ap. Euseb., 'Chronicles Can.,' pars 2.). Rameses II., the cruel oppressor of the Jews, and the Pharaoh from whom Moses fled, had a reign of sixty-seven years ('Hist. of Ancient Egypt,' vol. 2. p. 301). Wherefore do the wicked live,.... Which question is put either to God himself, as not knowing ow to account for it, or to reconcile it to his divine perfections; that he, a holy, just, and righteous Being, should suffer such wretches to live upon his earth, who had been, and still were, continually sinning against him, transgressing his law, and trampling under foot his power and authority; when he, a man that feared the Lord, as God himself had borne witness of him, laboured under such heavy affliction, that he seemed rather to die than live: or else it is put to his friends, to whom he appeals for the truth of it, as Zophar had to him, about the short time of the prosperity of the wicked, Job 10:4; and desires them to try how they could make such undeniable facts comport with their own principles, that wicked men are always and only afflicted to any great degree, and not holy and good men; but if so, it is asked, why do they "live", even live at all? why is not their breath stopped at once, that breathe out nothing but sin and wickedness? or why are they "lively?" as Mr. Broughton renders the word; that is, brisk, cheerful, and jocund, live merrily, having an abundance of this world's good things; call upon themselves to eat, drink, and be merry, and indulge themselves in all the gratifications of sensual pleasures and delights; live at ease, in peace and outward comfort, and are not in trouble as other men, having nothing to disturb, disquiet, and distress them; nay, not only live comfortably, but live long: while a righteous man perishes or dies in his righteousness, the wicked man prolongs his life in his wickedness, Ecclesiastes 7:15, as it follows:

become old; live to a considerable old age, as Ishmael did, to whom he may have respect, as well as to some others within his knowledge; or are "durable" (n), not only in age, as the sinner is supposed to die, and sometimes does die an hundred years old, or more, but in wealth and riches, in outward prosperity; for though spiritual riches are only durable riches, in opposition to temporal ones, yet these sometimes endure with a wicked man, and he endures with them as long as he lives, as may be seen in the instances of wicked rich men in Luke 12:16; with which agrees what follows:

yea, are mighty in power? are in great authority among men, being kings, princes, civil magistrates, see Psalm 37:35; are advanced to great dignity and honour, as the twelve princes that sprung from Ishmael, and the race of kings and dukes that came from Esau. Mr. Broughton renders it, "be mighty in riches", greatly increase in them; and so the Targum, possess substance or riches.

(n) "durant", Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "edurant", Schultens. 7. The answer is Ro 2:4; 1Ti 1:16; Ps 73:18; Ec 8:11-13; Lu 2:35-end; Pr 16:4; Ro 9:22.

old—in opposition to the friends who asserted that sinners are "cut off" early (Job 8:12, 14).21:7-16 Job says, Remarkable judgments are sometimes brought upon notorious sinners, but not always. Wherefore is it so? This is the day of God's patience; and, in some way or other, he makes use of the prosperity of the wicked to serve his own counsels, while it ripens them for ruin; but the chief reason is, because he will make it appear there is another world. These prospering sinners make light of God and religion, as if because they have so much of this world, they had no need to look after another. But religion is not a vain thing. If it be so to us, we may thank ourselves for resting on the outside of it. Job shows their folly.
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