New Living Translation
For evil people can't sleep until they've done their evil deed for the day. They can't rest until they've caused someone to stumble.
King James Bible
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
Darby Bible Translation
For they sleep not except they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away unless they have caused some to fall.
World English Bible
For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.
Young's Literal Translation
For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not some to stumble.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:16 For - They cannot sleep with quietness.
LibraryThe Great Reservoir
A sermon (No. 179) delivered on Sabbath morning, February 21, 1858 At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens, by C. H. Spurgeon. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."--Proverbs 4:23. If I should vainly attempt to fashion my discourse after lofty models, I should this morning compare the human heart to the ancient city of Thebes, out of whose hundred gates multitudes of warriors were wont to march. As was the city, such were her armies, as was her inward strength, …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
The Aggravated Guilt of Him who Delivered Christ to Pilate.
The Great Reservoir
They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.
Don't even think about it; don't go that way. Turn away and keep moving.
What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so.
Both their hands are equally skilled at doing evil! Officials and judges alike demand bribes. The people with influence get what they want, and together they scheme to twist justice.
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