Psalm 73:3

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For I was envious at the foolish,.... The atheists, as in

Psalms 14:1, who deny the creation, as Arama; the wicked, as after explained, as all wicked men are, how wise soever they may be in things natural and civil, yet in religious things, in things of a spiritual nature, they have no understanding; they are proud boasters, glory in themselves, and in their outward attainments, as the word {d} here used signifies; the external happiness of these, their riches, health, and ease, were envied by the psalmist; see Psalms 37:1,

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked, or "the peace of the wicked" {e}; with an evil eye. This was the occasion of his slip and fall, this was the temptation he was left unto for a while.

{d} Myllwhb "in arrogantes", Gejerus; "stolide gloriosos", Michaelis; "at vain glorious fools", Ainsworth.
{e} Mwlv "pacem", Pagninus, Musculus, Piscator.