Chapter 5 offers more comfort for the righteous. It imagines wicked people looking back on their lives from the perspective of eternity, and getting all philosophical about the error of their ways. We thought we were doing great, but now we can see our lives amounted to nothing. Like when you take your hand out of a bucket of water, there’s no sign it was ever there. That’s how much impression our wicked lives have made.
What’s happening to the righteous? Meanwhile, they are living on for ever, cheering God on as he marches out in battle to slay those evildoers once and for all.