Job 12:6; Psalm 17:14; Psalm 37:1; Psalm 37:35; Psalm 73:3; Psalm 73:5; Psalm 92:7; Ecclesiastes 8:14; Jeremiah 12:1-2; Habakkuk 1:13; Habakkuk 1:16; Malachi 3:14-15

gThe tents of robbers are at peace,

and those who provoke God are secure,

who bring their god in their hand.1


14  from men by your hand, O Lord,

from zmen of the world whose aportion is in this life.1

You fill their womb with treasure;2

they are satisfied with bchildren,

and they leave their abundance to their infants.


He Will Not Forsake His Saints

1 Of David.

37  uFret not yourself because of evildoers;

be not venvious of wrongdoers!


35  aI have seen a wicked, ruthless man,

spreading himself like ba green laurel tree.1


eFor I was fenvious of the arrogant

when I saw the gprosperity of the wicked.


They are not in trouble as others are;

they are not hstricken like the rest of mankind.


that though pthe wicked sprout like grass

and all qevildoers flourish,

they are doomed to destruction forever;


Man Cannot Know God's Ways

14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people uto whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people vto whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.


Jeremiah's Complaint

12  mRighteous are you, O Lord,

when I complain to you;

yet I would plead my case before you.

nWhy does the way of the wicked prosper?

Why do all owho are treacherous thrive?

You plant them, and they take root;

they grow and produce fruit;

pyou are near in their mouth

and far from their heart.


13  You who are aof purer eyes than to see evil

and cannot look at wrong,

bwhy do you idly look at traitors

and cremain silent when the wicked swallows up

the man more righteous than he?


16  fTherefore he sacrifices to his net

and makes offerings to his dragnet;

for by them he lives in luxury,1

and his food is rich.


14 You have said, iIt is vain to serve God. jWhat is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call kthe arrogant blessed. kEvildoers not only prosper but lthey put God to the test and they escape.