Job 12:6
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New International Version
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.

New Living Translation
But robbers are left in peace, and those who provoke God live in safety--though God keeps them in his power.

English Standard Version
The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand.

New American Standard Bible
"The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.

King James Bible
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tents of robbers are safe, and those who provoke God are secure; God's power provides this.

International Standard Version
The tents of robbers are at rest, and those who provoke God are secure, that is, those who carry their god in their pocket.

NET Bible
But the tents of robbers are peaceful, and those who provoke God are confident--who carry their god in their hands.

New Heart English Bible
The tents of robbers prosper. Those who provoke God are secure, who carry their god in their hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[But] robbers' tents are prosperous, and there is security for those who provoke God, for those whose god is their power.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure, In whatsoever God bringeth into their hand.

New American Standard 1977
“The tents of the destroyers prosper,
            And those who provoke God are secure,
            Whom God brings into their power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The tents of robbers are at ease, and those that provoke God and those who carry gods in their hands live secure.

King James 2000 Bible
The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.

American King James Version
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.

American Standard Version
The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure; Into whose hand God bringeth abundantly .

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tabernacles of robbers abound, and they provoke God boldly; whereas it is he that hath given all into their hands:

Darby Bible Translation
The tents of desolators are in peace, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand +God bringeth.

English Revised Version
The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

World English Bible
The tents of robbers prosper. Those who provoke God are secure, who carry their God in their hands.

Young's Literal Translation
At peace are the tents of spoilers, And those provoking God have confidence, He into whose hand God hath brought.
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
5"He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip. 6"The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power. 7"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.…
Cross References
Job 9:24
"The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?

Job 12:5
"He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.

Job 12:7
"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Job 21:7
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

Job 21:9
Their houses are safe from fear, And the rod of God is not on them.

Job 22:18
"Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Job 24:23
"He provides them with security, and they are supported; And His eyes are on their ways.

Psalm 92:7
That when the wicked sprouted up like grass And all who did iniquity flourished, It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?
Treasury of Scripture

The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.

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Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces …

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power…

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which …

Psalm 37:1,35 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

Psalm 73:11,12 And they say, How does God know? and is there knowledge in the most High…

Jeremiah 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore …

(6) Into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.--Some understand these words, to him that bringeth his god in his hand (comp. Habakkuk 1:11; Habakkuk 1:16); but the other seems more in accordance with the usage. (Comp., e.g., Proverbs 3:27, &c.)

Verse 6. - The tabernacles of robbers prosper. Having set at rest the personal question between himself and his friends, Job reverts to his main argument, and maintains that, the whole course of mundane events being under God's governance, all the results are to be attributed to him, and among them both the prosperity of the wicked, and, by parity of reasoning, the sufferings of the righteous. And they that provoke God are secure (comp. Job 9:24; Job 10:3). Into whose hand God bringeth abundantly. So both the Authorized and the Revised Versions; but recent critics mostly render, "who bring their God in their hand," i.e. "who regard their own right hand as their God" (comp. Virgil, 'Aen., 10:773, "Dextra mihi Dens") The tabernacles of robbers prosper,.... Such as the Chaldeans and Sabeans, who had robbed Job of his substance, and filled their houses with the spoils of others, and lived in the greatest fulness and prosperity, and whom he might have in his view; and the like is what has been since observed by good men, and has been a trial and temptation to them, not knowing well how to reconcile this to the justice and wisdom of God in providence, yet so it is, a fact that cannot be denied, see Psalm 73:2;

and they that provoke God are secure; all sin is abominable to God, contrary to his nature, will, and law, and so provoking; yet there are some sins that are more provoking than others, as idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, robbery, rapine, and oppression, and the like, as well as attended with more aggravating circumstances; and yet many who are guilty of such enormous crimes, and God provoking iniquities, are "secure", live in the greatest tranquillity and safety, free from the incursions, invasions, and insults of others: "their houses", as Job elsewhere says, "are safe from fear", Job 21:9;

into whose hand God bringeth abundantly; an abundance of the good things of this world, who have as much or more than heart can wish; whose belly is filled with hid treasure, whose grounds and fields bring forth plentifully, that they have no room to bestow their fruits; this, as it is an aggravation of their sin in provoking the God of their mercies, who is so liberal and bountiful to them, so it is the more full and express for the point in hand Job is confuting. Some, as Aben Ezra and Ben Gersom, understand this of idol makers and idol worshippers, and render the words, "who makes a god with his hand", or "carries a god in his hand" (l), and worships it; which others interpret of his doing what he will with God, having him, as it were, in his hand, or reckoning his hands his god, and thinks to do what he pleases (m).

(l) "quique deum portant vel portat in manu sua", Tigurine version, Munster; so Bolducius, De Dieu, Schultens. (m) Schmidt, &c. 6. Job shows that the matter of fact opposes Zophar's theory (Job 11:14, 19, 20) that wickedness causes insecurity in men's "tabernacles." On the contrary, they who rob the "tabernacles" ("dwellings") of others "prosper securely" in their own.

into whose hand, etc.—rather, "who make a god of their own hand," that is, who regard their might as their only ruling principle [Umbreit].12:6-11 Job appeals to facts. The most audacious robbers, oppressors, and impious wretches, often prosper. Yet this is not by fortune or chance; the Lord orders these things. Worldly prosperity is of small value in his sight: he has better things for his children. Job resolves all into the absolute proprietorship which God has in all the creatures. He demands from his friends liberty to judge of what they had said; he appeals to any fair judgment.
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