The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden for the oppressor.
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George Leo Haydock
Proud; uncertain. Hebrew, "in pain. "(Haydock)
Septuagint, "numbered "or few, Genesis xxxiv. 30. These are the maxims which Eliphaz had received in a vision, or from the ancients, ver. 17. The description of a tyrant's life was admirably verified in Dionysius, of Syracuse, (Calmet) and in our Cromwell, (Haydock)
--pale and trembling in the dead of night. "(Pope)
who rarely lodged two night in one chamber. (Clarendon.)
Such live in dread, (Haydock) and seldom die a natural death. Ad gene rum Cereris sine cæde et vulnere pauci Descendunt reges et sicca morte Tyranni. (Juvenal x. 113.) Nocte dieque suum gestare in pectore testem. (Juvenal xiii.) They bear always about the witness, "conscience. "(Haydock)
They distrust every one, and are hated by all. Districtus ensis cui super impia Cervice pendet (Horace iii. Ode 1.)
These miseries are incident to the wicked, but are improperly addressed to Job. (Worthington)
42. The Elect also are apt to feel pride in some of their thoughts and actions. But because they are Elect persons, they cannot feel pride all their days, because before they end their lives, they turn their hearts from self-exaltation to the fearing of humility. But ‘the wicked man feels pride all his days,’ in that he so brings his life to an end, that he never departs from self-exalting. He looks round him on all that is flourishing in time, and he neglects to consider whither he is being carried for ever. He puts his trust in the life of the flesh, and thinks that those things continue for long, which he holds at the moment. His mind is set firm in self-exaltation, every one of his kin is brought into contempt, how suddenly death creeps upon him he never takes thought, how certain his happiness he never reflects; whereas if he did but turn his eyes to the uncertainty of fleeting life, he would never keep for a certainty things uncertain. And hence it is well added;
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