Psalm 73:3
New International Version
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

New Living Translation
For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.

English Standard Version
For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Berean Study Bible
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

King James Bible
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

New King James Version
For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

NASB 1995
For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

NASB 1977
For I was envious of the arrogant, As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Amplified Bible
For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Christian Standard Bible
For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

American Standard Version
For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I envied the evil when I saw that the wicked had peace.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I was jealous of the transgressors, beholding the tranquility of sinners.

Contemporary English Version
because it made me jealous to see proud and evil people and to watch them prosper.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because I had a zeal on occasion of the wicked, seeing the prosperity of sinners.

Good News Translation
because I was jealous of the proud when I saw that things go well for the wicked.

International Standard Version
For I was envious of the proud when I observed the prosperity of the wicked.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Literal Standard Version
I see the peace of the wicked, That there are no bands at their death,

New American Bible
Because I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

NET Bible
For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked.

New Revised Standard Version
For I was envious of the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

New Heart English Bible
For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

World English Bible
For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
The peace of the wicked I see, That there are no bands at their death,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Endow the King with Your Justice
2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. 3For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4They have no struggle in their death; their bodies are well-fed.…

Cross References
Job 21:7
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

Psalm 5:5
The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all workers of iniquity.

Psalm 17:14
from such men, O LORD, by Your hand--from men of the world whose portion is in this life. May You fill the bellies of Your treasured ones and satisfy their sons, so they leave their abundance to their children.

Psalm 37:1
Do not fret over doers of evil; do not envy those who do wrong.

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.

Psalm 73:4
They have no struggle in their death; their bodies are well-fed.

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

I was

Psalm 37:1,7
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…

Job 21:7
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Proverbs 3:31
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.











(3) Foolish.--Better, arrogant.

When I saw.--Perhaps the conjunction is wrongly supplied, and the word "saw" here is synonymous with "envied" in the first clause. (Comp. Latin invideo.)

Verse 3. - For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (comp. Psalm 37:1). To envy the wicked because they prosper is to make more account of the good things of this life than of God's favour - to prefer physical good to moral. It is also to doubt that God governs the universe by the strict rule of justice. The word translated "foolish" means rather, "vain arrogant boasters." Such the wicked commonly become when they prosper (comp. Psalm 5:5).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I envied
קִ֭נֵּאתִי (qin·nê·ṯî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7065: To be, zealous, jealous, envious

the arrogant
בַּֽהוֹלְלִ֑ים (ba·hō·wl·lîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 1984: To shine

[when] I saw
אֶרְאֶֽה׃ (’er·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

the prosperity
שְׁל֖וֹם (šə·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

of the wicked.
רְשָׁעִ֣ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person


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