Psalm 37:35
New International Version
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,

New Living Translation
I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil.

English Standard Version
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.

Berean Study Bible
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree,

New American Standard Bible
I have seen a wicked, violent man Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.

King James Bible
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a wicked, violent person well-rooted, like a flourishing native tree.

Contemporary English Version
I have seen brutal people abuse others and grow strong like trees in rich soil.

Good News Translation
I once knew someone wicked who was a tyrant; he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a wicked, violent man well-rooted like a flourishing native tree.

International Standard Version
I once observed a wicked and oppressive person, flourishing like a green tree in native soil.

NET Bible
I have seen ruthless evil men growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I have seen the wicked who are boasting and are lifted up like trees of the forest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen a wicked person [acting like] a tyrant, spreading himself out like a large cedar tree.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a leafy tree in its native soil.

New American Standard 1977
I have seen a violent, wicked man Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Resh I have seen the wicked in great power and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

American King James Version
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

American Standard Version
I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I saw the ungodly very highly exalting himself, and lifting himself up like the cedars of Libanus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen the wicked highly exalted, and lifted up like the cedars of Libanus.

Darby Bible Translation
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading like a green tree in its native soil:

English Revised Version
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

World English Bible
I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Young's Literal Translation
I have seen the wicked terrible, And spreading as a green native plant,
Study Bible
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
34Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will raise you up to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 35I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree, 36yet he passed away and was no more; though I searched, he could not be found.…
Cross References
Job 5:3
I have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

Job 8:16
He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden.

Job 20:5
the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary?

Psalm 37:10
A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

Isaiah 41:12
You will seek them but will not find them. Those who wage war against you will come to nothing.

Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their conscience.

Treasury of Scripture

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

I have

Psalm 73:3-11
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Esther 5:11
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

Job 5:3
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

a green bay-tree.

Job 8:13-19
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: …

Ezekiel 31:6-10,18
All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations…

Daniel 4:20
The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;







Lexicon
I have seen
רָ֭אִיתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

a wicked,
רָשָׁ֣ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

ruthless man
עָרִ֑יץ (‘ā·rîṣ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6184: Awe-inspiring, terror-striking

flourishing
רַעֲנָֽן׃ (ra·‘ă·nān)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7488: Verdant, new, prosperous

like a well-rooted
וּ֝מִתְעָרֶ֗ה (ū·miṯ·‘ā·reh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6168: To be, bare, to empty, pour out, demolish

native tree,
כְּאֶזְרָ֥ח (kə·’ez·rāḥ)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 249: A spontaneous growth, native
(35) In great power.--Terrible, like a tyrant.

Green bay tree.--The Hebrew word elsewhere implies a "native" as opposed to "a foreigner." So here an indigenous tree. "It may be questioned whether any particular tree is intended by the psalmist; but if so, it must have been an evergreen, and may possibly be the Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis), which is a native of Palestine. We met with it near Hebron; on Mount Carmel in great plenty; on Tabor, and in various glades of Galilee and Gilead" (Tristram, Natural History of Bible, 338).

The LXX. and Vulg., by slightly altering the text, have, "as cedars of Lebanon."

Verse 35. - I have seen the wicked in great power, and flourishing like a green bay tree; rather, as in the margin, like a green tree in his own (or, his native) soil. Growing, i.e., rankly and luxuriantly, like a leafy shrub, that has never suffered transplantation (comp. Psalm 1:3; Ezekiel 31:3). 37:34-40 Duty is ours, and we must mind it; but events are God's, we must refer the disposal of them to him. What a striking picture is in ver. 35,36, of many a prosperous enemy of God! But God remarkably blights the projects of the prosperous wicked, especially persecutors. None are perfect in themselves, but believers are so in Christ Jesus. If all the saint's days continue dark and cloudy, his dying day may prove comfortable, and his sun set bright; or, if it should set under a cloud, yet his future state will be everlasting peace. The salvation of the righteous will be the Lord's doing. He will help them to do their duties, to bear their burdens; help them to bear their troubles well, and get good by them, and, in due time, will deliver them out of their troubles. Let sinners then depart from evil, and do good; repent of and forsake sin, and trust in the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. Let them take his yoke upon them, and learn of him, that they may dwell for evermore in heaven. Let us mark the closing scenes of different characters, and always depend on God's mercy.
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