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Ecclesiastes 8:12-13

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8:12 Even though a sinner might commit a hundred crimes 1  and still live a long time, 2 

yet I know that it will go well with God-fearing people 3  – for they stand in fear 4  before him.

8:13 But it will not go well with the wicked,

nor will they 5  prolong their 6  days like a shadow, 7 

because they 8  do not stand in fear 9  before God.

1 tn Heb “does evil one hundred [times].”

2 tn Heb “and prolongs his [life].”

3 tn Heb “those who fear God.”

4 tn Heb “they fear.”

5 tn Heb “he.”

6 tn The word “their” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for smoothness.

7 tn The phrase “like a shadow” (כַּצֵּל, katsel) modifies the verb (“prolong”) rather than the noun (“days”). Several English versions misconstrue the line: “he will not prolong his days, [which are] like a shadow” (KJV, ASV); “the man who does not fear God is like a shadow” (NEB); and “he will not prolong his shadowy days” (NAB). It should be rendered “he will not prolong his days like a shadow” (RSV, NRSV, NASB, MLB, NIV). Unlike a shadow that lengthens at sunset, the wicked do not normally live long.

8 tn Heb “he.”

9 tn Heb “they do not fear.”



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