When the storm 1 passes through, the wicked are swept away, 2 but the righteous are an everlasting foundation. 3
Job 27:19-21; Ps 15:5; Ps 37:9,10; Ps 58:9; Ps 73:18-20; Pr 1:27; Pr 10:30; Isa 40:24; Mt 7:24,25; Mt 16:18; Eph 2:20; 1Ti 6:19; 2Ti 2:19
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1 sn The word for “storm wind” comes from the root סוּף (suf, “to come to an end; to cease”). The noun may then describe the kind of storm that makes an end of things, a “whirlwind” (so KJV, NASB; NLT “cyclone”). It is used in prophetic passages that describe swift judgment and destruction.
2 tn Heb “the wicked are not”; ASV, NAB, NASB “is no more.”
3 tn Heb “a foundation forever”; NLT “have a lasting foundation.”
sn The metaphor compares the righteous to an everlasting foundation to stress that they are secure when the catastrophes of life come along. He is fixed in a covenantal relationship and needs not to fear passing misfortunes. The wicked has no such security.