New International Version
It is said, 'God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.' Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it!
King James Bible
God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
Darby Bible Translation
+God layeth up [the punishment of] his iniquity for his children; he rewardeth him, and he shall know [it]:
World English Bible
You say, 'God lays up his iniquity for his children.' Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.
Young's Literal Translation
God layeth up for his sons his sorrow, He giveth recompense unto him -- and he knoweth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
God layeth up his iniquity for his children - This is according to the declaration of God, Exodus 20:5 : "Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." This always supposes that the children, who are thus visited, have copied their parents' example; or that ill-gotten property is found in their hands, which has descended to them from their wicked fathers; and of this God, in his judgments, strips them. It is, however, very natural to suppose that children brought up without the fear of God will walk in the sight of their own eyes, and according to the imaginations of their own hearts.
He rewardeth him, and he shall know it - He shall so visit his transgressions upon him, that he shall at last discern that it is God who hath done it. And thus they will find that there would have been profit in serving him, and safety in praying unto him. But this they have neglected, and now it is too late.
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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 …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861
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