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Job 21:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Lo, their good [is] not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Lo, their good [is] not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand. The counsel of the wicked be far from me!
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lo! not in their own hand, is their welfare, The counsel of lawless men, is far from me!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Lo, not in their hand [is] their good, (The counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Loe, their good [is] not in their hand, the counsell of the wicked is farre from me.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For their good things were in [their] hands, but he regards not the works of the ungodly.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Lo, their good [is] not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Lo, x2005
(2005) Complement
A primitive particle; lo! also (as expressing surprise) if.
their good 2898
{2898} Prime
From H2895; good (as a noun), in the widest sense, especially goodness (superlatively concrete, the best), beauty, gladness, welfare.
[is] not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
in their hand: 3027
{3027} Prime
A primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote.
the counsel 6098
{6098} Prime
From H3289; advice; by implication plan; also prudence.
of the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
is far 7368
{7368} Prime
A primitive root; to widen (in any direction), that is, (intransitively) recede or (transitively) remove (literally or figuratively, of place or relation).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
from x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 21:16

_ _ not in their hand — but in the hand of God. This is Job’s difficulty, that God who has sinners prosperity (good) in His hand should allow them to have it.

_ _ is — rather, “may the counsel of the wicked be far from me!” [Umbreit]. This naturally follows the sentiment of the first clause: Let me not hereby be thought to regard with aught but horror the ways of the wicked, however prosperous.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 21:7-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 21:16

Lo — But wicked men have no reason to reject God, because of their prosperity, for their wealth, is not in their hand; neither obtained, nor kept by their own might, but only by God's power and favour. Therefore I am far from approving their opinion, or following their course.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 21:16

Lo, their good [is] not in their (h) hand: the counsel of the wicked (i) is far from me.

(h) It is not their own, but God only lends it to them.

(i) God keep me from their prosperity.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 12:9-10 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? ... In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Psalms 49:6-7 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; ... None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
Psalms 52:5-7 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. ... Lo, [this is] the man [that] made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Ecclesiastes 8:8 [There is] no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither [hath he] power in the day of death: and [there is] no discharge in [that] war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Luke 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

the counsel:

Job 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good [things]: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Genesis 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Proverbs 5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
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Gn 49:6. Jb 1:21; 12:9; 22:18. Ps 1:1; 49:6; 52:5. Pv 1:10; 5:8. Ec 8:8. Lk 16:2, 25.

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