New Living Translation
The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows.
King James Bible
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
Darby Bible Translation
but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days as a shadow, because he feareth not before God.
World English Bible
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he lengthen days like a shadow; because he doesn't fear God.
Young's Literal Translation
And good is not to the wicked, and he doth not prolong days as a shadow, because he is not fearing before God.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:13 A shadow - His life, though it may seem long, yet in truth is but a shadow, which will quickly vanish and disappear.
LibraryConcerning Jonathan, one of the Sicarii, that Stirred up a Sedition in Cyrene, and was a False Accuser [Of the Innocent].
1. And now did the madness of the Sicarii, like a disease, reach as far as the cities of Cyrene; for one Jonathan, a vile person, and by trade a weaver, came thither and prevailed with no small number of the poorer sort to give ear to him; he also led them into the desert, upon promising them that he would show them signs and apparitions. And as for the other Jews of Cyrene, he concealed his knavery from them, and put tricks upon them; but those of the greatest dignity among them informed Catullus, …
Flavius Josephus—The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem
A Few Sighs from Hell;
The First Great Deception
We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear him.
Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.
In the few days of our meaningless lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?
I have seen everything in this meaningless life, including the death of good young people and the long life of wicked people.
Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.
None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death. There is no escaping that obligation, that dark battle. And in the face of death, wickedness will certainly not rescue the wicked.
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