New American Standard Bible
"The righteous see and are glad, And the innocent mock them,
King James Bible
The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
Darby Bible Translation
The righteous see it, and are glad; and the innocent laugh them to scorn:
World English Bible
The righteous see it, and are glad. The innocent ridicule them,
Young's Literal Translation
See do the righteous and they rejoice, And the innocent mocketh at them,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The righteous see it, and are glad - see the destruction of the wicked; compare Revelation 15:3; Revelation 16:7; Revelation 19:1-2. This is designed by Eliphaz, probably, not only to state a fact about the righteous of other times who saw the wicked punished, but, also, to vindicate his own conduct and that of his two friends in regard to Job. If the righteous of other times had rejoiced when the wicked were punished, they inferred that it was not improper for them to manifest similar rejoicings when God had overtaken one who was so signally depraved as they supposed Job to be. Their lack of sympathy for him, therefore, they would defend by a reference to the conduct of the people of other times. There is a sense in which good people rejoice when the wicked are detected and punished. It is not:
(1) that they rejoice that the sin was committed; nor
(2) that they rejoice in misery; nor
(3) that they would not rejoice more if the wicked had been righteous, and had escaped suffering altogether.
But it is the kind of joy which we have when a murderer, a robber, or a pirate is seized - when a counterfeiter is detected - when a man who prowls around the dwelling at night to murder its inmates is brought to punishment. It is joy, not that the sin was committed, but that the laws are executed; and who should not rejoice in that? We have joy in the character of an upright judge when he impartially and faithfully administers the laws; and why should we not rejoice in God when he does the same? We rejoice in the manifestation of truth and justice among people - why should we not in the exhibition of the same things in God? We rejoice in a police that can ferret out every form of iniquity, and bring offenders to justice; and why should we not rejoice in that government which is infinitely more perfect than any police ever was among people?
And the innocent laugh them to scorn - This is another way of saying that they exult or rejoice; compare Proverbs 1:26-27. No consideration can justify people in deriding and mocking those who are subjected to punishment; and it is by no means certain that the speaker meant to refer to such derision.
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'For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, ... lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.'--JOB xxii. 26-29. These words are a fragment of one of the speeches of Job's friends, in which …
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"The upright will be appalled at this, And the innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
The righteous will see and fear, And will laugh at him, saying,
The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
The righteous man will be glad in the LORD and will take refuge in Him; And all the upright in heart will glory.
The upright see it and are glad; But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.
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