New International Version
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
King James Bible
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore do the wicked live, grow old, yea, become mighty in power?
World English Bible
"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?
Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore do the wicked live? They have become old, Yea, they have been mighty in wealth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wherefore do the wicked live - You have frequently asserted that the wicked are invariably punished in this life; and that the righteous are ever distinguished by the strongest marks of God's providential kindness; how then does it come that many wicked men live long and prosperously, and at last die in peace, without any evidence whatever of God's displeasure? This is a fact that is occurring daily; none can deny it; how then will you reconcile it with your maxims?
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It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities …
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When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.
He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
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