New International Version
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
King James Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
Darby Bible Translation
The earth is given over into the hand of the wicked [man]; he covereth the faces of its judges. If not, who then is it?
World English Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not he, then who is it?
Young's Literal Translation
Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who is he?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked - Is it not most evident that the worst men possess most of this world's goods, and that the righteous are scarcely ever in power or affluence? This was the case in Job's time; it is the case still. Therefore prosperity and adversity in this life are no marks either of God's approbation or disapprobation.
He covereth the faces of the judges thereon - Or, The faces of its decisions he shall cover. God is often stated in Scripture as doing a thing which he only permits to be done. So he permits the eyes of judgment to be blinded; and hence false decisions. Mr. Good translates the verse thus: -
"The earth is given over to the hand of Injustice;
She hoodwinketh the faces of its judges.
Where every one liveth is it not so?"
And vindicates the translation in his learned notes: but I think the Hebrew will not bear this rendering; especially that in the third line.
Where, and who is he? - If this be not the case, who is he that acts in this way, and where is he to be found? If God does not permit these things, who is it that orders them? Coverdale translates, As for the worlde, he geveth it over into the power of the wicked, such as the rulers be wherof all londes are full. Is it not so? Where is there eny, but he is soch one? This sense is clear enough, if the original will bear it. The last clause is thus rendered by the Syriac and Arabic, Who can bear his indignation?
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What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman …
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Later English Reformers
Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.
He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.
God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.
"Though I cry, 'Violence!' I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
though you were a powerful man, owning land-- an honored man, living on it.
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