Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

“Why do the wicked still live,
Continue on, also become very powerful?

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

Why do the wicked continue to live,
growing old and becoming powerful?

International Standard Version

"Why do the wicked live to reach old age and increase in power and wealth, too?

A Conservative Version

Why do the wicked live, become old, yea, grow mighty in power?

American Standard Version

Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?


“Why do the wicked still live,
Become old, and become mighty in power?

Bible in Basic English

Why is life given to the evil-doers? why do they become old and strong in power?

Darby Translation

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

Julia Smith Translation

Wherefore shall the unjust live? They grew old, also they were strong in power.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

"Why do [the] wicked live, grow old, even grow mighty [in] power?

Modern King James verseion

Why do the wicked live? They grow old and become mighty in power.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"Wherefore do wicked men live in health and prosperity, come to their old age, and increase in riches?

NET Bible

"Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, even increase in power?

New Heart English Bible

"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

The Emphasized Bible

Wherefore do, lawless men, live, advance in years, even wax mighty in power?


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

World English Bible

"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

Youngs Literal Translation

Wherefore do the wicked live? They have become old, Yea, they have been mighty in wealth.


Root Form
Wherefore do the wicked
Usage: 263

Usage: 264

Usage: 9



Context Readings

Job's Seventh Speech: A Response To Zophar

6 “Even when I remember, I am disturbed,
And horror takes hold of my flesh.
7 “Why do the wicked still live,
Continue on, also become very powerful?
8 “Their descendants are established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes,

Cross References

Job 12:6

“The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
Whom God brings into their power.

Psalm 37:35

I have seen a wicked, violent man
Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.

Habakkuk 1:13

Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
Why do You look with favor
On those who deal treacherously?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up
Those more righteous than they?

Psalm 17:10

They have closed their unfeeling heart,
With their mouth they speak proudly.

Psalm 73:3-12

For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Jeremiah 12:1-3

Righteous are You, O Lord, that I would plead my case with You;
Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You:
Why has the way of the wicked prospered?
Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?

Daniel 4:17

“This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers
And the decision is a command of the holy ones,
In order that the living may know
That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind,
And bestows it on whom He wishes
And sets over it the lowliest of men.”

Habakkuk 1:15-16

The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook,
Drag them away with their net,
And gather them together in their fishing net.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.

Revelation 13:2-7

And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.

Revelation 17:2-4

with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.”

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