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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.
American Standard Version
For I was envious at 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,
Psalm 73:3 Additional TranslationsClarke'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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Psalm 37:1,7 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity...
Job 21:7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?
Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Proverbs 24:1 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper?...
James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?
Psalm 73:3 Parallel CommentariesArrogant Bands Death Envied Envious Envy Foolish Peace Pride Prosperity Well-Being Wicked WrongdoersArrogant Bands Death Envied Envious Envy Foolish Peace Pride Prosperity Well-Being Wicked WrongdoersTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Job 21:7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
Psalm 5:5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
Psalm 17:14 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.
Psalm 37:1 Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
Psalm 37:7 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.
Psalm 73:4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
Proverbs 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.