Job 21:7
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?

Berean Study Bible
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

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

New King James Version
Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in power?

New American Standard Bible
“Why do the wicked still live, Grow old, and also become very powerful?

NASB 1995
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

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

Amplified Bible
“Why do the wicked still live, Become old, and become mighty in power?

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because, why are the wicked alive and mighty men of power growing old?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wherefore do the ungodly live, and grow old even in wealth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Why do the wicked live? They have become old, "" Indeed, they have been mighty in wealth.

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?

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
6When I remember, terror takes hold, and my body trembles in horror. 7Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? 8Their descendants are established around them, and their offspring before their eyes.…

Cross References
Job 9:24
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He blindfolds its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?

Job 12:6
The tents of robbers are safe, and those who provoke God are secure--those who carry their god in their hands.

Job 12:19
He leads priests away barefoot and overthrows the established.

Psalm 73:3
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is a futility that is done on the earth: There are righteous men who get what the actions of the wicked deserve, and there are wicked men who get what the actions of the righteous deserve. I say that this too is futile.

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You. Yet about Your judgments I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate the faithless? Why are You silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?


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 secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

Psalm 17:10
They are inclosed 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…

mighty

Psalm 37:35
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

Daniel 4:17
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Revelation 13:2-7
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority…









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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Why
מַדּ֣וּעַ (mad·dū·a‘)
Interrogative
Strong's 4069: Why? for what reason?

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

live on,
יִחְי֑וּ (yiḥ·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2421: To live, to revive

growing old
עָ֝תְק֗וּ (‘ā·ṯə·qū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6275: To remove, to grow old, to transcribe

and
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

increasing
גָּ֥בְרוּ (gā·ḇə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1396: To be strong, to prevail, act insolently

in power?
חָֽיִל׃ (ḥā·yil)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2428: A force, an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength


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