New American Standard Bible
"He strikes them like the wicked In a public place,
King James Bible
He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Darby Bible Translation
He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others,
World English Bible
He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Young's Literal Translation
As wicked He hath stricken them, In the place of beholders.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He striketh them as wicked men - literally, "Under the wicked, or on account of the wicked, he smites them." That is, he deals with them "as if" they were wicked; he regards and treats them as such. He deals with them "under" the general character of wicked people, and punishes them accordingly.
In the open sight of others - Margin, as in Hebrew "in the place of beholders." The idea is, that it is done openly or publicly. Their sins had been committed in secret, but they are punished openly. The manifestation of the divine displeasure is in the presence of spectators, or is so open and public, that it cannot but be seen. It is very probable that in all this description Elihu had his eye upon the public calamities which had come upon Job, and that he meant to include him among the number of mighty men whom God thus suddenly overturned.
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.
"He does not keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to the afflicted.
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
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