New International Version
"Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!"
King James Bible
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold the man that made not God his strength, but put confidence in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his avarice.
World English Bible
"Behold, this is the man who didn't make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness."
Young's Literal Translation
'Lo, the man who maketh not God his strong place, And trusteth in the abundance of his riches, He is strong in his mischiefs.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Made not God his strength - Did not make God his portion.
In the abundance of his riches - Literally, in the multiplication of his riches. He had got much, he hoped to get more, and expected that his happiness would multiply as his riches multiplied. And this is the case with most rich men.
Strengthened himself in his wickedness - Loved money instead of God; and thus his depravity, being increased, was strengthened.
Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crescit.
"In proportion to the increase of wealth, so is the love of it."
Where is the religious man, in whose hands money has multiplied, who has not lost the spirit of piety in the same ratio? To prevent this, and the perdition to which it leads, there is no way but opening both hands to the poor.
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wickedness. or, substance
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His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me." He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."
those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
This is what the wicked are like-- always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, 'No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me.'
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