New International Version
"The 'gods' know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
King James Bible
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
Darby Bible Translation
They know not, neither do they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are moved.
World English Bible
They don't know, neither do they understand. They walk back and forth in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
Young's Literal Translation
They knew not, nor do they understand, In darkness they walk habitually, Moved are all the foundations of earth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They know not - The judges are not acquainted with the law of God, on which all their decisions should be founded.
Neither will they understand - They are ignorant and do not wish to be instructed. They will not learn; they cannot teach. Happy England! How different from Judea, even in the days of Jehoshaphat! All thy judges are learned, righteous, and impartial. Never did greater men in their profession dignify any land or country - (1822).
All the foundations of the earth - "All the civil institutions of the land totter." Justice is at the head of all the institutions in a well regulated state: when that gets poisoned or perverted, every evil, political and domestic, must prevail; even religion itself ceases to have any influence.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
they. That is, the judges know not.
all the. etc., All the civil institutions of the land totter.
out of course. Heb. moved
LibraryThou Shalt not Bear False Witness against Thy Neighbor.
This Commandment seems small, and yet is so great, that he who would rightly keep it must risk and imperil life and limb, goods and honor, friends and all that he has; and yet it includes no more than the work of that small member, the tongue, and is called in German Wahrheit sagen, "telling the truth" and, where there is need, gainsaying lies; so that it forbids many evil works of the tongue. First: those which are committed by speaking, and those which are committed by keeping silent. By speaking, …
Dr. Martin Luther—A Treatise on Good Works
Brief Outline of Ancient Jewish Theological Literature
Feast of the Dedication. The Jews Attempt to Stone Jesus and He Retires to Peræa.
In the Last, the Great Day of the Feast'
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."
"Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.
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