“firm.” In some contexts, the word “firm” can refer to being successful or prosperous, and some English translations go that way: “His ways prosper at all times” (RSV). The wicked and arrogant often succeed in this life, especially given the help of Satan, the god of this age (see commentary on Jer. 12:1). Wickedness may seem to give people an advantage in this life, but this life is short. The wicked will weep and wail on Judgment Day.