The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
The Fear-of-GOD expands your life; a wicked life is a puny life.
The fear of the Lord gives long life, but the years of the evil-doer will be cut short.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
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1 tn Heb “the fear of the
2 tn Heb “days” (so KJV, ASV).
3 tn Heb “years.” The term “years” functions as a synecdoche of part (= years) for the whole (= lifespan).
4 sn This general saying has to be qualified with the problem of the righteous suffering and dying young, a problem that perplexed the sages of the entire ancient world. But this is the general principle: The righteous live longer because their life is the natural one and because God blesses them.