New International Version
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
King James Bible
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Darby Bible Translation
For I was envious at the arrogant, seeing the prosperity of the wicked.
World English Bible
For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Young's Literal Translation
The peace of the wicked I see, That there are no bands at their death,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I was envious at the foolish - I saw persons who worshipped not the true God, and others who were abandoned to all vices, in possession of every temporal comfort, while the godly were in straits, difficulties, and affliction. I began then to doubt whether there was a wise providence; and my mind became irritated. It seems to have been a maxim among the ancient heathens, Θεου ονειδος τους κακους ευδαιμονειν, "The prosperity of the wicked is a reproach to the gods." But they had no just conception of a state of future rewards and punishments. Besides, man could not bear prosperity. If men had uninterrupted comforts here, perhaps not one soul would ever seek a preparation for heaven. Human trials and afflictions, the general warfare of human life, are the highest proof of a providence as benevolent as it is wise. Were the state of human affairs different from what it is, hell would be more thickly peopled; and there would be fewer inhabitants in glory. There is reason to doubt whether there would be any religion upon earth had we nothing but temporal prosperity. Indeed, all the following verses are proofs of it.
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'It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.'--PSALM lxxiii. 28. The old perplexity as to how it comes, if God is good and wise and strong, that bad men should prosper and good men should suffer, has been making the Psalmist's faith reel. He does not answer the question exactly as the New Testament would have done, but he does find a solution sufficient for himself in two thoughts, the transiency of that outward prosperity, and the …
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Of Meditating on the Future Life.
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
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