Job 21:16
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New International Version
But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

New Living Translation
(They think their prosperity is of their own doing, but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)

English Standard Version
Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

King James Bible
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But their prosperity is not of their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

International Standard Version
Behold! Their prosperity isn't in their control! The counsel of the wicked will remain far from me."

NET Bible
But their prosperity is not their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

New Heart English Bible
Look, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Anyhow, isn't their happiness in their own power? (The plan of the wicked is foreign to my way of thinking.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand;
            The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold that their good is not in their hands; the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

American King James Version
See, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

American Standard Version
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked be far from me!

English Revised Version
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

World English Bible
Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, not in their hand is their good, (The counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)
Study Bible
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
15'Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And what would we gain if we entreat Him?' 16"Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me. 17"How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?…
Cross References
Job 10:3
'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 22:18
"Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Treasury of Scripture

See, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Lo

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the counsel

Job 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the …

Genesis 49:6 O my soul, come not you into their secret; to their assembly, my …

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not.

Proverbs 5:8 Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house:

(16) Lo, their good (i.e., their prosperity) is not in their own hand.--And that constitutes the mystery of it, for it is God who gives it to them; or the words may be a hypothetical answer to his statement, thus, "Lo, thou repliest, their prosperity is not," &c.; and then the words, "the counsel of the wicked is far from me," are Job's indignant repudiation of all knowledge of their reasoning.

Verse 16. - Lo, their good is not in their hand; i.e. their prosperity is not in their own power, not the result of their own efforts. God's providence is, at least, one element in it, since he exalts men and abases them, he casteth down and lifteth up. Hence it would seem to follow that they are his favourites. Shall Job therefore cast in his lot with them? No, he says, a thousand times, No! The counsel of the wicked is far from me; or better, be the counsel of the wicked far from me! I will have nothing to do with it. I will cling to God. I will maintain my integrity. Satan had charged Job with serving God for the sake of temporal reward. Job had disproved the charge by still clinging to God, notwithstanding all his afflictions. Now he goes further, and declines to throw in his lot with the wicked, even although it should appear that the balance of prosperity is with them. Lo, their good is not in their hand,.... Though it is in their possession for the present, it is not in the power of their hands to keep, nor to carry it with them when they die; God, that gave it, can take it away when he pleases; and therefore it might be profitable to them to serve him and pray unto him: or "their good is not by their hand"; they do not obtain their happiness by their works, as in the Tigurine version; and to the same sense Mr. Broughton,

"lo, their wealth cometh not by their own power;''

it is not got by their own industry, diligence, care, and labour; by their own wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and cunning; for riches are not always to men of understanding, but come from God, who gives them to whom he pleases, and can take them away again if he thinks fit; and therefore men are dependent upon him for what they have, and should be thankful to him, and serve him, and pray for the continuance of good things to them. Jarchi reads the words by way of interrogation and admiration, lo! is "not their good in their hand?" verily it is, especially in their own opinion; their hands are full of it; they want nothing of God; they see no need of praying to him; hence the above words, which Job expresses his disapprobation of:

the counsel of the wicked is far from me; the counsels of their hearts; the thoughts of their mind; the words of their mouth; the above impious sayings were such as were detested and abhorred by him; their sense and judgment of things, their choice from deliberate consultation with themselves, preferring temporal good to spiritual good, and earthly things to heavenly ones, outward wealth and riches to the knowledge, service, and worship of God, and communion with him; these were what he disliked; their course of life, which was according to this world, and Satan the god of it, their company and conversation, were such as he carefully shunned and avoided; he chose not to come into their assembly, or to have any fellowship with them; to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners, these things were an abomination to him; see Psalm 1:1. This Job says to exculpate himself, and wipe off any calumny that might be cast upon him, as if by what he had said, concerning the outward prosperity of the wicked, that he was a patron and defender of them, and an advocate for them. 16. not in their hand—but in the hand of God. This is Job's difficulty, that God who has sinners prosperity (good) in His hand should allow them to have it.

is—rather, "may the counsel of the wicked be far from me!" [Umbreit]. This naturally follows the sentiment of the first clause: Let me not hereby be thought to regard with aught but horror the ways of the wicked, however prosperous.21:7-16 Job says, Remarkable judgments are sometimes brought upon notorious sinners, but not always. Wherefore is it so? This is the day of God's patience; and, in some way or other, he makes use of the prosperity of the wicked to serve his own counsels, while it ripens them for ruin; but the chief reason is, because he will make it appear there is another world. These prospering sinners make light of God and religion, as if because they have so much of this world, they had no need to look after another. But religion is not a vain thing. If it be so to us, we may thank ourselves for resting on the outside of it. Job shows their folly.
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