New International Version
But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.
King James Bible
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked be far from me!
World English Bible
Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, not in their hand is their good, (The counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Their good is not in their hand - With all their boasting and self-dependence, God only lends them his bounty; and though it appears to be their own, yet it is at his disposal. Some of the wicked he permits to live and die in affluence, provided it be acquired in the ordinary way of his providence, by trade, commerce, etc. Others he permits to possess it for a while only, and then strips them of their illegally procured property.
The counsel of the wicked is far from me - Some understand the words thus: "Far be it from me to advocate the cause of the wicked." I have nothing in common with them, and am not their apologist. I state a fact: they are often found in continual prosperity. I state another fact: they are often found in wretchedness and misery.
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It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities …
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