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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

New American Standard 1977
For I was envious of the arrogant, As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I became angry against the foolish when I saw the peace of the wicked.

King James 2000 Bible
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

American King James Version
For I was envious at the foolish, when 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.

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

Darby Bible Translation
For I was envious at the arrogant, seeing the prosperity of the wicked.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
For I was envious at the foolish, 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,
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. You fill their bellies with Your treasure 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; fret not 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 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.







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
(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). 73:1-14 The psalmist was strongly tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked; a common temptation, which has tried the graces of many saints. But he lays down the great principle by which he resolved to abide. It is the goodness of God. This is a truth which cannot be shaken. Good thoughts of God will fortify against Satan's temptations. The faith even of strong believers may be sorely shaken, and ready to fail. There are storms that will try the firmest anchors. Foolish and wicked people have sometimes a great share of outward prosperity. They seem to have the least share of the troubles of this life; and they seem to have the greatest share of its comforts. They live without the fear of God, yet they prosper, and get on in the world. Wicked men often spend their lives without much sickness, and end them without great pain; while many godly persons scarcely know what health is, and die with great sufferings. Often the wicked are not frightened, either by the remembrance of their sins, or the prospect of their misery, but they die without terror. We cannot judge men's state beyond death, by what passes at their death. He looked abroad, and saw many of God's people greatly at a loss. Because the wicked are so very daring, therefore his people return hither; they know not what to say to it, and the rather, because they drink deep of the bitter cup of affliction. He spoke feelingly when he spoke of his own troubles; there is no disputing against sense, except by faith. From all this arose a strong temptation to cast off religion. But let us learn that the true course of sanctification consists in cleansing a man from all pollution both of soul and body. The heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ laid hold upon by faith; and by the begun works of the Lord's Spirit, manifested in the hearty resolution, purpose, and study of holiness, and a blameless course of life and actions, the hands are cleansed. It is not in vain to serve God and keep his ordinances.
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