How often is the lamp of the wicked put out! and how often comes their destruction upon them! God distributes sorrows in his anger.
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George Leo Haydock
How often. When do we witness the downfall of the wicked? (Mercer.)
Or, in a contrary sense, how often are they miserable as well as the just? Such things are, therefore, a very equivocal argument, to prove either side of the question. Those who are afflicted, and cling closer to God, must be accounted virtuous and happy; while that prosperity is fatal which is an occasion of our neglecting his service. (Calmet)
Job answers his own questions, ver. 7. If the wicked be happy for a time, their future state is deplorable, and often they forfeit even their temporal advantages. (Menochius)