New American Standard Bible
"Therefore He knows their works, And He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.
King James Bible
Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Darby Bible Translation
Since he knoweth their actions; and he overthroweth them in the night, and they are crushed.
World English Bible
Therefore he takes knowledge of their works. He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Young's Literal Translation
Therefore He knoweth their works, And He hath overturned by night, And they are bruised.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Therefore he knoweth their works - Or, "Because he knoweth their works." The word (לכן lākên) here rendered "therefore" is evidently used as denoting that since or because he was intimately acquainted with all which they did, he could justly bring vengeance upon them without long investigation.
And he overturneth them in the night - literally, "he turneth night;" meaning, probably, he turns night upon them; that is, he brings calamity upon them. The word "night" is often used to denote calamity, or ruin. Umbreit understands it in the sense of "turning about the night;" that is, that they had covered up their deeds as in the night, but that God "so turns the night about" as to bring them to the light of day. The Vulgate renders it "et ideireo inducit noctem," "and therefore he brings night;" that is, he brings adversity and ruin. This is probably the correct interpretation.
So that they are destroyed - Margin, "crushed." The idea is, that when God thus brings adversity upon them, they are prostrated beneath his power.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
"For He pays a man according to his work, And makes him find it according to his way.
"In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.
"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.
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