When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better1 with God-fearing men,2 who are reverent before God.3
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Yet because the wicked do not fear God,4 it will not go well with them, and their days5 will not lengthen like a shadow.
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