New American Standard Bible
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
King James Bible
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
Darby Bible Translation
For they sleep not except they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away unless they have caused some to fall.
World English Bible
For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.
Young's Literal Translation
For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not some to stumble.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A fearful stage of debasement. Sin is the condition without which there can be no repose.
LibraryKeeping and Kept
'Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.'--PROVERBS iv. 23. 'Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.'--1 PETER 1. 5. The former of these texts imposes a stringent duty, the latter promises divine help to perform it. The relation between them is that between the Law and the Gospel. The Law commands, the Gospel gives power to obey. The Law pays no attention to man's weakness, and points no finger to the source of strength. Its office is to set clearly …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Hold Fast
Truth Hidden when not Sought After.
How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.
Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.
Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands.
Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together.
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