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10 Then I noticed what happens when the wicked are buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and had been praised in the city where they had done such things. But that kind of praise is also impermanent. 11 Because judgment against an evil deed is not meted out speedily, the heart of the children of Adam tends to keep doing evil. 12 Even if a sinner does evil a hundred times and lives a long life, I still know that it will be well with those who fear God, because he sees their reverence. 13 But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he live a life as long as a shadow, because he does not revere God.
Solomon discusses the problem of the wicked person who lives a long life and is praised by others for his apparent godliness. Why is it better to live with integrity and to truly respect God? Solomon looked longer at the problem than we usually do. He watched the hypocrite die. He saw him buried. Then, he noticed that there was nothing left of his riches and reputation. But even for the poor honest person who lives a short life, there is hope that the God who lives will remember.
LORD, when we are tempted to envy the dishonest and hypocritical, show us how to look a little longer, and see their true end.