7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

Other Translations of Job 21:7

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

7 Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?

The Message

7 Why do the wicked have it so good, live to a ripe old age and get rich?

New King James Version

7 Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in power?

New Living Translation

7 "Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 21:7

Commentary on Job 21:7-16

(Read Job 21:7-16)

Job says, Remarkable judgments are sometimes brought upon notorious sinners, but not always. Wherefore is it so? This is the day of God's patience; and, in some way or other, he makes use of the prosperity of the wicked to serve his own counsels, while it ripens them for ruin; but the chief reason is, because he will make it appear there is another world. These prospering sinners make light of God and religion, as if because they have so much of this world, they had no need to look after another. But religion is not a vain thing. If it be so to us, we may thank ourselves for resting on the outside of it. Job shows their folly.