Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing; - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -
‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and I have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Because you are saying, I am wealthy [in this world’s goods] and have gotten [spiritual] riches and have need of not even one thing, and because you do not have a clear and absolute knowledge of the fact that, as for you, you are the wretched one and an object of pity, and are poverty-stricken and blind and naked,
While you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and there is nothing that I need,’ you have no eyes to see that you are wretched, pitiable, poverty-stricken, blind and naked.
Because you say, ‘I am rich, I have already become rich, I need nothing,’ and you do not know that you are the very one that is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked;
- No cross references or parallel passage have been cited for this verse.
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