New American Standard Bible
"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.
King James Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
Darby Bible Translation
I myself saw the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
World English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
Young's Literal Translation
I -- I have seen the perverse taking root, And I mark his habitation straightway,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I have seen the foolish - The wicked. To confirm the sentiment which he had just advanced, Eliphaz appeals to his own observation, and says that though the wicked for a time seem to be prosperous, yet he had observed that they were soon overtaken with calamity and cut down. He evidently means that prosperity was no evidence of the divine favor; but that when it had continued for a little time, and was then withdrawn, it was proof that the man who had been prospered was at heart a wicked man. It was easy to understated that he meant that this should be applied to Job, who, though he had been favored with temporary prosperity, was now revealed to be at heart a wicked man. The sentiment here advanced by Eliphaz, as the result of his observation, strikingly accords with the observation of David, as expressed in Psalm 23:1-6 :
"I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a green bay-tree;
Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:
Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found."
Psalm 23:1-6 :35-36.
Taking root - This figure, to denote prosperous and rapid growth, is often used in the Scriptures. Thus, in Psalm 1:3 :
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
That bringeth forth his fruit in his season."
So Isaiah 27:6 :
"Those that come out of Jacob shall he cause to take root;
Israel shall blossom and bud,
And shall fill the face of the world with fruit."
So Psalm 80:9-10 :
LibraryThe Death of the Christian
This morning, we shall consider the death of Christians in general; not of the aged Christian merely, for we shall show you that while this text does seem to bear upon the aged Christian, in reality it speaks with a loud voice to every man who is a believer. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season." There are four things we shall mark in the text. First, we shall consider that death is inevitable, because it says, "Thou shalt come." Secondly, that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
Letter xxxii (A. D. 1132) to Thurstan, Archbishop of York
Afflictions and Death under Providence. Job 5:6-8.
'All Things are Yours'
"They are insignificant on the surface of the water; Their portion is cursed on the earth. They do not turn toward the vineyards.
"No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse.
For those blessed by Him will inherit the land, But those cursed by Him will be cut off.
I have seen a wicked, violent man Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.
You have planted them, they have also taken root; They grow, they have even produced fruit. You are near to their lips But far from their mind.
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