When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.
There are two terrible events in this text.
I. DEATH MEETING THE WICKED MAN. "The wicked man dieth."
1. Death does not wait for reformation of character.
2. The greatest enemies of God and His universe are overcome. There is a stronger power than that of the wicked.
II. HOPE LEAVING THE HUMAN SOUL. What is dearer to the soul than hope? The soul lives in and by hope. Shakespeare Says, "The miserable hath no medicine, but only hope." When the wicked man dieth, he loses this hope. Hope of liberty, of improvement, of honour, of happiness. He dieth, and carrieth nothing away.
(D. Thomas, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.