New International Version
Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
King James Bible
If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
Darby Bible Translation
Be it that I am wicked, why then do I labour in vain?
World English Bible
I shall be condemned. Why then do I labor in vain?
Young's Literal Translation
I -- I am become wicked; why is this? In vain I labour.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If I be wicked - If I am the sinner you suppose me to be, in vain should I labor to counterfeit joy, and cease to complain of my sufferings.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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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
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me.
but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
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