New International Version
Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.
King James Bible
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
Darby Bible Translation
Take heed, turn not to iniquity; for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
World English Bible
Take heed, don't regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Young's Literal Translation
Take heed -- do not turn unto iniquity, For on this thou hast fixed Rather than on affliction.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Regard not iniquity - It is sinful to entertain such wishes; it is an insult to the providence of God. He sends affliction; he knows this to be best for thee: but thou hast preferred death to affliction, thereby setting thy wisdom against the wisdom of God. Many in affliction, long for death; and yet they are not prepared to appear before God! What madness is this! If he takes them at their wish, they are ruined for ever. Affliction may be the means of their salvation; the wished-for death, of their eternal destruction.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryWhether by his Passion Christ Merited to be Exalted?
Objection 1: It seems that Christ did not merit to be exalted on account of His Passion. For eminence of rank belongs to God alone, just as knowledge of truth, according to Ps. 112:4: "The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens." But Christ as man had the knowledge of all truth, not on account of any preceding merit, but from the very union of God and man, according to Jn. 1:14: "We saw His glory . . . as it were of the only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth." …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether the Old Law was from God?
Messiah's Easy Yoke
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,
He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.
But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the LORD.
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
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