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.

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.

English Revised Version
For I was envious at the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because I was envious of arrogant people when I saw the prosperity that wicked people enjoy.

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,

NET Bible
For I envied those who are proud, as I observed 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 ...
Study Bible
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.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is a futility that is done on the earth: There are righteous men who get what the actions of the wicked deserve, and there are wicked men who get what the actions of the righteous deserve. I say that this too is futile.

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You. Yet about Your judgments I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?


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).

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

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

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

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

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

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


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