“But the prolific brood of the ungodly
Will be of no use.
None of their illegitimate seedlings
Will strike a deep root.
They will not take a firm hold.
Even if they put forth boughs for a while,
They will be shaken
By the wind.
They will be uprooted
By the violence of the winds.
Their branches will be broken off
Before they come to maturity.
Their fruit will be useless.
It will not be ripe enough to eat.
It is good for nothing.
Children born of unlawful unions
Are witnesses of evil
Against their parents,
When God examines them.”
This author makes a comparison between the children of the ungodly (ἀσεβῶν) from unlawful unions and a tree. Even if they have a lot of children, they will be of no use. These children will not have deep roots so that they will not last. The strong winds will uproot them. The branches of these trees, if they survive, will break off before they reach maturity. They will have useless fruit that will not be ripe enough to eat. The children of these unlawful unions (ἀνόμων ὕπνων τέκνα) are witnesses to the evil (μάρτυρές εἰσι πονηρίας) of their parents. God will examine them. Just as in the preceding chapter, this is a very strong rebuke of the so-called bastard children of these ungodly unlawful unions.