Job 21:16
New International Version
But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

New Living Translation
(They think their prosperity is of their own doing, but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)

English Standard Version
Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Berean Study Bible
Still, their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stay far from the counsel of the wicked.

King James Bible
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

New King James Version
Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

New American Standard Bible
“Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The advice of the wicked is far from me.

NASB 1995
"Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

NASB 1977
“Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Amplified Bible
But notice, the prosperity of the wicked is not in their hand (in their power); The counsel of the wicked [and the mystery of God’s dealings with the ungodly] is far from my comprehension.

Christian Standard Bible
But their prosperity is not of their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But their prosperity is not of their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

American Standard Version
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, their benefit was not by their hands, and the thinking of the wicked is far from me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For their good things were in their hands, but he regards not the works of the ungodly.

Contemporary English Version
We succeeded all on our own." And so, I keep away from them and their evil schemes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me.

English Revised Version
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Good News Translation
They claim they succeed by their own strength, but their way of thinking I can't accept.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Anyhow, isn't their happiness in their own power? (The plan of the wicked is foreign to my way of thinking.)

International Standard Version
Behold! Their prosperity isn't in their control! The counsel of the wicked will remain far from me."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Literal Standard Version
Behold, their good [is] not in their hand "" (The counsel of the wicked "" Has been far from me).

NET Bible
But their prosperity is not their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

New Heart English Bible
Look, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

World English Bible
Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, not in their hand is their good, (The counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
15Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what would we gain if we pray to Him?’ 16Still, their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stay far from the counsel of the wicked. 17How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? Does disaster come upon them? Does God, in His anger, apportion destruction?…

Cross References
Job 10:3
Does it please You to oppress me, to reject the work of Your hands and favor the schemes of the wicked?

Job 22:18
But it was He who filled their houses with good things; so I stay far from the counsel of the wicked.


Treasury of Scripture

See, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Lo

Job 1:21
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Job 12:9,10
Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? …

Psalm 49:6,7
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; …

the counsel

Job 22:18
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Genesis 49:6
O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.









(16) Lo, their good (i.e., their prosperity) is not in their own hand.--And that constitutes the mystery of it, for it is God who gives it to them; or the words may be a hypothetical answer to his statement, thus, "Lo, thou repliest, their prosperity is not," &c.; and then the words, "the counsel of the wicked is far from me," are Job's indignant repudiation of all knowledge of their reasoning.

Verse 16. - Lo, their good is not in their hand; i.e. their prosperity is not in their own power, not the result of their own efforts. God's providence is, at least, one element in it, since he exalts men and abases them, he casteth down and lifteth up. Hence it would seem to follow that they are his favourites. Shall Job therefore cast in his lot with them? No, he says, a thousand times, No! The counsel of the wicked is far from me; or better, be the counsel of the wicked far from me! I will have nothing to do with it. I will cling to God. I will maintain my integrity. Satan had charged Job with serving God for the sake of temporal reward. Job had disproved the charge by still clinging to God, notwithstanding all his afflictions. Now he goes further, and declines to throw in his lot with the wicked, even although it should appear that the balance of prosperity is with them.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Yet
הֵ֤ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

their prosperity [is]
טוּבָ֑ם (ṭū·ḇām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2898: Good, goodness, beauty, gladness, welfare

not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

in their own hands,
בְיָדָ֣ם (ḇə·yā·ḏām)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3027: A hand

so I stay far
רָ֣חֲקָה (rā·ḥă·qāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7368: To be or become far or distant

from the counsel
עֲצַ֥ת (‘ă·ṣaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 6098: Advice, plan, prudence

of the wicked.
רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person


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