Psalm 37:36
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New International Version
but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.

New Living Translation
But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

English Standard Version
But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.

Berean Study Bible
yet he passed away and was no more; though I searched, he could not be found.

New American Standard Bible
Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found.

King James Bible
Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Christian Standard Bible
Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.

Contemporary English Version
Suddenly they disappeared! I looked, but they were gone and no longer there.

Good News Translation
but later I passed by, and he wasn't there; I looked for him, but couldn't find him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.

International Standard Version
But then he passed away; in fact, he simply was not there. When I looked for him, he could not be found.

NET Bible
But then one passes by, and suddenly they have disappeared! I looked for them, but they could not be found.

New Heart English Bible
But he passed away, and look, he was not. Yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When I passed by, he was not, and I looked for him, and I did not find him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But he moved on, and now there is no trace of him. I searched for him, but he could not be found.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But one passed by, and, lo, he was not; Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

New American Standard 1977
Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet he passed away, and, behold, he was not: I sought him, but he could not be found.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

American King James Version
Yet he passed away, and, see, he was not: yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.

American Standard Version
But one passed by, and, lo, he was not: Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I passed by, and lo, he was not : and I sought him and his place was not found.

Darby Bible Translation
but he passed away, and behold, he was not; and I sought him, but he was not found.

English Revised Version
But one passed by, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not: yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.

World English Bible
But he passed away, and behold, he was not. Yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Young's Literal Translation
And he passeth away, and lo, he is not, And I seek him, and he is not found!
Study Bible
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
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. 37Consider the blameless and observe the upright, for a posterity awaits the man of peace.…
Cross References
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.

Proverbs 29:16
When the wicked thrive, rebellion increases; but the righteous will see their downfall.

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

Ezekiel 27:36
Those who trade among the nations hiss at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'"

Daniel 2:35
Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were shattered and became like chaff on the threshing floor in summer. The wind carried them away, and not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that had struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Daniel 11:19
After this, he will turn back his face to the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be no more.

Treasury of Scripture

Yet he passed away, and, see, he was not: yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Psalm 37:10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yes, you shall …

Exodus 15:9,10,19 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the …

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Isaiah 10:16-19,33,34 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness…

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and …







(36) Yet he passed away.--This should be, And there went one by, &c. LXX. and Vulg. have, "And I passed by." (Comp. Prayer Book version.)

Verse 36. - Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not (cf. Job 20:5; Psalm 73:19, 20). Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. The sudden disappearance of an imposing personality astonishes and confuses us. We cannot believe that one who has played so prominent a part in our drama of life is gone altogether. We look about for him; we expect him to reappear at any moment. We cannot realize the fact that he is vanished for ever. We ask ourselves, "Where is he?' (Job 20:7). Yet he passed away,.... At once, on a sudden; either his riches and honour, which, in one hour, came to nought, by one providence or another; or he himself by death; in the midst of all his prosperity, and while blessing himself in it, his soul was required of him; and so the Targum is, "he ceased from the world"; he went out of it unawares: the laurel, or bay tree, very quickly grows old (d);

and, lo, he was not; he was not reduced to nothing; he did not become a nonentity, though he might wish himself to be so; it being better for him if he had never been born; but he was not in the land of the living, in hell he lifted up his eyes;

yea, I sought him, but he could not be found; in the place where he formerly was, that knowing him no more; he could not be found on earth, from whence he was gone; nor in heaven, where no place is found for such wicked men; he was gone to his own place, as is said of Judas, and of whom Jerom interprets the whole of this passage.

(d) "Senescit velociter", Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 16. c. 44. 36. he was not—(Compare Ps 37:10).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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