Parallel Verses

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Therefore may we say, that the proud are happy, and that they which deal with ungodliness, are set up: for they tempt God and yet escape.'

New American Standard Bible

'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'"

King James Version

And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Holman Bible

So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape."

International Standard Version

and, "Now we call the arrogant one blessed. Those who do evil prosper and those who challenge God escape the consequences.'"

A Conservative Version

And now we call the proud happy. Yea, those who work wickedness are built up. Yea, they challenge God, and escape.

American Standard Version

And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and escape.


And now we consider the proud and arrogant to be happy and favored; evildoers are exalted and prosper; yes, and when they test God, they escape [unpunished].

Bible in Basic English

And now to us the men of pride seem happy; yes, the evil-doers are doing well; they put God to the test and are safe.

Darby Translation

And now we hold the proud for happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and they escape.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

We say, therefore, now, that blessed are the proud and even that those that work wickedness are prospered; those that tempted God have escaped.

Julia Smith Translation

And now we pronounce the proud happy; also they working injustice were built up; also they tried Jehovah and they will be delivered.

King James 2000

And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are raised up; yea, they that test God are even delivered.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And now we [are] calling [the] arrogant blessed! Not only do those who do wickedness prosper; they also test God and they escape!'"

Modern King James verseion

And now we are calling the arrogant blessed. Not only are the doers of wickedness built up, they also test God, and escape.

NET Bible

So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. In fact, those who challenge God escape!'"

New Heart English Bible

Now we call the proud blessed; indeed, those who work wickedness prosper. They even tempt God and escape.'

The Emphasized Bible

Now, therefore, we are pronouncing happy - the proud, - and, the doers of lawlessness have, even been built up, and, they who have put God to the proof, have even been delivered.


And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; even they that tempt God are delivered.

World English Bible

Now we call the proud happy; yes, those who work wickedness are built up; yes, they tempt God, and escape.'

Youngs Literal Translation

And now, we are declaring the proud happy, Yea, built up have been those doing wickedness, Yea they have tempted God, and escape.'


Root Form
אשׁר אשׁר 
Usage: 16

the proud
Usage: 13

אשׁר אשׁר 
Usage: 16

Usage: 15

are set up
Usage: 376

Usage: 29

Usage: 2600


Context Readings

An Overflowing Blessing

14 Ye have said, 'It is but lost labour, to serve God: What profit have we for keeping his commandments, and for walking humbly before the LORD of Hosts? 15 Therefore may we say, that the proud are happy, and that they which deal with ungodliness, are set up: for they tempt God and yet escape.' 16 But they that fear God, say thus one to another, 'The LORD considereth and heareth it. Yea, it is before him a memorial book, written for such as fear the LORD, and remember his name.'

Cross References

Malachi 4:1

For mark, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven: and all the proud, yea and all such as do wickedness, shall be straw: and the day that is for to come, shall burn them up, sayeth the LORD of Hosts, so that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Psalm 95:9

when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works.

Numbers 14:22-23

For of all those men which have seen my glory and my miracles which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tempted me now this ten times and have not hearkened unto my voice,

Esther 5:10

Nevertheless he refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife,

Job 12:6

"The houses of robbers are in wealth and prosperity; and they that maliciously meddle against God, dwell without care: yea, God giveth all things richly with his hand.

Job 21:7-15

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

Job 21:30

that the wicked is kept unto the day of destruction, and that the ungodly shall be brought forth in the day of wrath.

Job 22:23

For if thou wilt turn to the Almighty, thou shalt stand fast, and all unrighteousness shall be far from thy dwelling:

Psalm 10:3

For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire, and speaketh good of the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

Psalm 49:18

For while he lived, he counted himself a happy man; and so long as thou doest well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.

Psalm 73:12

Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, these have riches in possession;

Psalm 78:18

They tempted God in their hearts, and required meat for their lust.

Psalm 78:41

They turned back, and tempted God, and moved the holy one in Israel.

Psalm 78:56

Yet, for all this they tempted and displeased the most high God, and kept not his covenant:

Psalm 106:14

A lust came upon them in the wilderness, so that they tempted God in the desert.

Proverbs 12:12

The desire of the ungodly hunteth after mischief; but the root of the righteous bringeth forth fruit.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-2

For all these things purposed I in my mind to seek out. The righteous and wise, yea and their servants also are in the hand of God: and there is no man that knoweth either love or hate, but all things are before them.

Jeremiah 7:10

Then come ye, and stand before me in this house, which hath my name given unto it, and say 'Tush, we are absolved quite, though we have done all these abominations.'

Jeremiah 12:1-2

O LORD, thou art more righteous than that I should dispute with thee: Nevertheless, let me talk with thee in things reasonable. How happeneth it, that the way of the ungodly is so prosperous? And that it goeth so well with them, which without any shame offend and live in wickedness?

Daniel 4:30

and said, "This is the great city of Babylon, which I myself, with my power and strength, have made a king's court, for the honour of my majesty."

Daniel 4:37

Then did I, Nebuchadnezzar, love, magnify and praise the King of heaven: for all his works are true, and his ways right. As for those that go on proudly, he is able to bring them down.

Daniel 5:20-28

But because his heart was so proud, and his stomach set so fast unto wilfulness: he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his majesty was taken from him.

Daniel 6:16

Then the king had them bring Daniel, and cast him into the Lions' den. The king also spake unto Daniel, and said, "Thy God whom thou always servest, even he shall defend thee."

Habakkuk 1:13-17

Thine eyes are clean, thou mayest not see evil, thou cannot behold the thing that is wicked. Wherefore then doest thou look upon the ungodly, and holdest thy tongue, when the wicked devoureth the man that is better than himself?

Malachi 2:17

Ye grieve the LORD with your words, and yet ye say, 'Wherewithal have we grieved him?' In this, that ye say: 'All that do evil are good in the sight of God, and such please him.' Or else where is the God that punisheth?

Matthew 4:6-7

and said unto him, "If thou be the son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, 'He shall give his angels charge over thee: and with their hands they shall hold thee up, that thou dash not thy foot against a stone.'"

Acts 5:9

Then Peter said unto her, "Why have ye agreed together, to tempt the spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out."

Acts 12:21

And upon a day appointed, Herod arrayed him in royal apparel, and set him in his seat, and made an oration unto them.

1 Corinthians 10:9

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted and were destroyed of serpents.

Hebrews 3:9

where your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years long.

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder. Submit yourselves every man, one to another. Knit yourselves together in lowliness of mind. For God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble.

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