New American Standard Bible
Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones?
King James Bible
Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
Darby Bible Translation
Understand, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
World English Bible
Consider, you senseless among the people; you fools, when will you be wise?
Young's Literal Translation
Consider, ye brutish among the people, And ye foolish, when do ye act wisely?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Understand, ye brutish among the people - See Psalm 73:22. The meaning here is, "You who are like the brutes; you who see and understand no more of the character and plans of God than the wild beasts of the desert." The meaning is, that they did not employ their reason in the case; they acted like beasts, regardless of the consequences of their conduct - as if God would treat people as he does the beasts; as if there were no retribution in the future world.
And ye fools, when will ye be wise? - How long is this stupidity to continue? When will you attend to the truth; when will you act as immortal beings; when will you suffer your rational nature to lead you up to just views of God? It is implied that this folly had been manifested for a long period, and that it was time they should arouse from this condition, and act like people. With what propriety may this language be addressed still to the great mass of mankind! What numbers of the human race are there now, who in respect to God, and to the purpose for which they were made, evince no more wisdom than the brutes that perish! Oh, if people were truly wise, what a beautiful world would this be; how noble and elevated would be our now degraded race!
LibraryA Prayer for the Spirit of Devotion
6. O Lord my God, Thou art all my good, and who am I that I should dare to speak unto Thee? I am the very poorest of Thy servants, an abject worm, much poorer and more despicable than I know or dare to say. Nevertheless remember, O Lord, that I am nothing, I have nothing, and can do nothing. Thou only art good, just and holy; Thou canst do all things, art over all things, fillest all things, leaving empty only the sinner. Call to mind Thy tender mercies, and fill my heart with Thy grace, Thou …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
a survey of the third and closing discourse of the prophet
The Knowledge of God
The Chorus of Angels
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.
A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:
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