Job 20:5
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New International Version
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

King James Bible
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Darby Bible Translation
The exultation of the wicked is short, and the joy of the ungodly man but for a moment?

World English Bible
that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Young's Literal Translation
That the singing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the profane for a moment,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Knowest thou not this of old - This is a maxim as ancient as the world; it began with the first man: A wicked man shall triumph but a short time; God will destroy the proud doer.

Since man was placed upon earth - Literally, since Adam was placed on the earth; that is, since the fall, wickedness and hypocrisy have existed; but they have never triumphed long. Thou hast lately been expressing confidence in reference to a general judgment; but such is thy character, that thou hast little reason to anticipate with any joy the decisions of that day.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the triumphing

Job 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Job 15:29-34 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof on the earth...

Job 18:5,6 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine...

Job 27:13-23 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty...

Exodus 15:9,10 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied on them; I will draw my sword...

Judges 16:21-30 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass...

Esther 5:11,12 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him...

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

Psalm 37:35,36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree...

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction...

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man...

short. Heb. from near. the joy

Job 8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 13:20,21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it...

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

James 4:16 But now you rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Library
June 9 Evening
The triumphing of the wicked is short.--JOB 20:5. Thou shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

God.
GLORY OF GOD. God is the chief good--good so as nothing is but himself. He is in himself most happy; yea, all good and all true happiness are only to be found in God, as that which is essential to his nature; nor is there any good or any happiness in or with any creature or thing but what is communicated to it by God. God is the only desirable good; nothing without him is worthy of our hearts. Right thoughts of God are able to ravish the heart; how much more happy is the man that has interest in
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Cross References
Job 8:12
While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.

Job 8:13
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

Job 8:19
Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow.

Job 34:30
to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,

Psalm 37:36
but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.

Psalm 94:3
How long, LORD, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant?

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