Job 12:14
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New International Version
What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.

New Living Translation
What he destroys cannot be rebuilt. When he puts someone in prison, there is no escape.

English Standard Version
If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

King James Bible
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt; whoever He imprisons cannot be released.

International Standard Version
When he tears down, nobody rebuilds; when he incarcerates, nobody escapes.

NET Bible
If he tears down, it cannot be rebuilt; if he imprisons a person, there is no escape.

New Heart English Bible
Behold, he breaks down, and it can't be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he tears [something] down, it cannot be rebuilt. When he puts someone in prison, that person cannot be freed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
            He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he shall break down, and it shall not be built again; he shall shut up a man, and no one shall be able to open unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

American King James Version
Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

American Standard Version
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he pull down, there is no man that can build up: if he shut up a. man, there is none that can open.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he breaketh down, and it is not built again; he shutteth up a man, and there is no opening.

English Revised Version
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

World English Bible
Behold, he breaks down, and it can't be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He breaketh down, and it is not built up, He shutteth against a man, And it is not opened.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:12-25 This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs of the children of men, according to the counsel of His own will, which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, who differ about lesser things, would see how it is for their honour and comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon the great things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, or reflections. He gives many instances of God's powerful management of the children of men, overruling all their counsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having all strength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of those who are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom and so little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusion and ruin long ago. These important truths were suited to convince the disputants that they were out of their depth in attempting to assign the Lord's reasons for afflicting Job; his ways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Let us remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word of God, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty: but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that the Lord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who but the Lord could have known that this one event was the salvation of the world?
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
13"With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding. 14"Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release. 15"Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.…
Cross References
Revelation 3:7
To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the One who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens, no one will shut; and what He shuts, no one will open.

Job 19:10
"He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; And He has uprooted my hope like a tree.

Job 37:7
"He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.

Isaiah 22:22
"Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open.

Isaiah 25:2
For You have made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt.

Ezekiel 26:14
"I will make you a bare rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the LORD have spoken," declares the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

he breaketh

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Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

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Jeremiah 51:58,64 Thus said the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be …

Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom said, We are impoverished, but we will return and build …

he shutteth

Job 16:11 God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the …

1 Samuel 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will smite …

1 Samuel 24:18 And you have showed this day how that you have dealt well with me: …

1 Samuel 26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God has delivered your enemy into your …

Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay on his shoulder; so …

Romans 11:32 For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy on all.

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

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