Job 21:16
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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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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away...

Job 12:9,10 Who knows not in all these that the hand of the LORD has worked this...

Psalm 49:6,7 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches...

Psalm 52:5-7 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death...

Luke 16:2,25 And he called him, and said to him, How is it that I hear this of you? give an account of your stewardship...

the counsel

Job 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Genesis 49:6 O my soul, come not you into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, be not you united: for in their anger they slew a man...

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners...

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not.

Proverbs 5:8 Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house:

Not Now, but Hereafter!
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
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Whether the Rewards Assigned to the Beatitudes Refer to this Life?
Objection 1: It would seem that the rewards assigned to the beatitudes do not refer to this life. Because some are said to be happy because they hope for a reward, as stated above [1672](A[1]). Now the object of hope is future happiness. Therefore these rewards refer to the life to come. Objection 2: Further, certain punishments are set down in opposition to the beatitudes, Lk. 6:25, where we read: "Woe to you that are filled; for you shall hunger. Woe to you that now laugh, for you shall mourn and
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in all our necessities, straits, and difficulties which are in our way to heaven; and particularly to point out the way how believers should make use of Christ in all their particular exigencies; and so live by faith in him, walk in him, grow up in him, advance and march forward toward glory in him. It will not be amiss to speak of this fulness of Christ
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

The Sovereignty of God in Salvation
"O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out" (Rom. 11:33). "Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9); but the Lord does not save all. Why not? He does save some; then if He saves some, why not others? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? No; for the Apostle wrote, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (1
Arthur W. Pink—The Sovereignty of God

Cross References
Job 10:3
Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?

Job 22:18
Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

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