Verse 7. When the wicked spring as the grass, in abundance, and apparent strength, hastening on their progress like verdant plants, which come to perfection in a day, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; flowering in their prime and pride, their pomp and their prosperity; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever. They grow to die, they blossom to be blasted. They flower for a short space to wither without end. Greatness and glory are to them but the prelude of their overthrow. Little does their opposition matter, the Lord reigns on as if they had never blasphemed him; as a mountain abides the same though the meadows at its feet bloom or wither, even so the Most High is unaffected by the fleeting mortals who dare oppose him; they shall soon vanish for ever from among the living. But as for the wicked -- how can our minds endure the contemplation of their doom "for ever." Destruction "for ever" is a portion far too terrible for the mind to realise. Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, the full terror of the wrath to come!
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 7. When the wicked spring as the grass, etc. Their felicity is the greatest infelicity. -- Adam Clarke.
Verse 7. Little do they think that they are suffered to prosper that like beasts they may be fitter for slaughter. The fatter they are, the fitter for slaughter, and the sooner slain: "He slew the fattest of them." Psalms 78:31 . --Zachary Bogan.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 7. Great prosperity the frequent forerunner of destruction to wicked men, for it leads them to provoke divine wrath --
- By hardness of heart, as Pharaoh.
- By pride, as Nebuchadnezzar.
- By haughty hatred of the saints, as Haman.
- By carnal security, as the rich fool.
- By self exaltation, as Herod.
Verse 7,. 12-14. The wicked and the righteous pourtrayed. --C.A. Davis.