New American Standard Bible
"It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green.
King James Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
Darby Bible Translation
It shall be complete before his day, and his branch shall not be green.
World English Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time. His branch shall not be green.
Young's Literal Translation
Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time - Margin, "cut off." The image here is that of a tree, which had been suggested in Job 15:30. Here it is followed up by various illustrations drawn from the flower, the fruit, etc., all of which are designed to denote the same thing - that a wicked man will not be permanently prosperous; he will not live and flourish as he would if he were righteous. He will be like a tree that is cut down before its proper time, or that casts its flowers and fruits and brings nothing to perfection. The phrase here literally is, "It shall not be filled up in its time;" that is, a wicked man will be cut off before he has filled up the measure of his days, like a tree that decays and falls before its proper time. A similar idea occurs in Psalm 55:23. "Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days." As a general fact this is all true, and the observation of the ancient Idumeans was correct. The temperate live longer than the intemperate; the chaste longer than the licentious; he that controls and governs his passions longer than he who gives the reins to them; and he who leads a life of honesty and virtue longer than he who lives for crime. Pure religion makes a man temperate, sober, chaste, calm, dispassionate, and equable in his temper; saves from broils, contentions, and strifes; subdues the angry passions, and thus tends to lengthen out life.
His branch shall not be green - It shall be dried up and withered away - retaining the image of a tree.
LibraryOf Meditation Upon the Hidden Judgments of God, that we May not be Lifted up Because of Our Well-Doing
Thou sendest forth Thy judgments against me, O Lord, and shakest all my bones with fear and trembling, and my soul trembleth exceedingly. I stand astonished, and remember that the heavens are not clean in thy sight.(1) If Thou chargest Thine angels with folly, and didst spare them not, how shall it be unto me? Stars have fallen from heaven, and what shall I dare who am but dust? They whose works seemed to be praiseworthy, fell into the lowest depths, and they who did eat Angels' food, them have …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
Meditations to Stir us up to Morning Prayer.
The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
Man's Inability to Keep the Moral Law
"His roots are dried below, And his branch is cut off above.
Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?
But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
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