Job 14:20
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New International Version
You overpower them once for all, and they are gone; you change their countenance and send them away.

New Living Translation
You always overpower them, and they pass from the scene. You disfigure them in death and send them away.

English Standard Version
You prevail forever against him, and he passes; you change his countenance, and send him away.

New American Standard Bible
"You forever overpower him and he departs; You change his appearance and send him away.

King James Bible
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You completely overpower him, and he passes on; You change his appearance and send him away.

International Standard Version
You overpower him once and for all, and then he departs; you change his appearance and then send him away.

NET Bible
You overpower him once for all, and he departs; you change his appearance and send him away.

New Heart English Bible
You forever prevail against him, and he departs. You change his face, and send him away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You overpower him forever, and he passes away. You change his appearance and send him away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

New American Standard 1977
“Thou dost forever overpower him and he departs;
            Thou dost change his appearance and send him away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt be stronger than him for ever, and he passes; thou dost change his countenance and send him away.

King James 2000 Bible
You prevail forever against him, and he passes: you change his countenance, and send him away.

American King James Version
You prevail for ever against him, and he passes: you change his countenance, and send him away.

American Standard Version
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast strengthened him for a little while, that he may pass away for ever: thou shalt change his face, and shalt send him away.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth away; thou changest his countenance, and dismissest him.

English Revised Version
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

World English Bible
You forever prevail against him, and he departs. You change his face, and send him away.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou prevailest over him for ever, and he goeth, He is changing his countenance, And Thou sendest him away.
Study Bible
Job Acknowledges the Finality of Death
19Water wears away stones, Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth; So You destroy man's hope. 20"You forever overpower him and he departs; You change his appearance and send him away. 21"His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it; Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.…
Cross References
Job 3:13
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Job 4:20
'Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever.

Job 20:7
He perishes forever like his refuse; Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
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Verse 20. - Thou prevailset for ever against him, and he passsth; rather, thou puttest forth thy power against him perpetually; i.e. thou art continually oppressing him, and crushing him by afflictions; and the consequence is that "he passes;" i.e. "he passes away, disappears, ceases to be." Thou changest his countenance. "Alterest," i.e, "its expression from cheerfulness to sadness, and its complexion from the hue of health to the sickly pallor of disease; settest the stamp of death upon it, and further dis-figurest it in the dreadful process of decay." And sendest him away. That is to say, "Thou removest him from the earth, dismissest him to Sheol, where thenceforth he remains?' Thou prevailest for ever against him,.... God is a more than a match for man, in anything, in everything; there is no contending with him, or standing against him, he is stronger than he, and always prevails; there is no withstanding any disease, and the force of it, when he sends it; it is a messenger and servant of his, it goes at his command, and does what he bids it do; and all the art and power of man cannot resist it, or hinder what God would have done by it; and so death itself is irresistible; what is stronger than death? it is a king that reigns with a despotic power; it reigns irresistibly, victoriously, and triumphantly; it prevails over all men, in all ages, and will do to the end of the world; no man has power over his spirit to retain it one moment, when death comes to separate it from the body: and this prevalence of God by death over men will be for ever; the grave is man's long home, to which he is brought by death, and he will never return from it more, to come again into this world, and be about the business of it as now;

and he passeth; out of the world, and is seen no more in it; death is a going the way of all flesh, a departure out of this life, and to it man never usually returns more; he goes to Hades, to the invisible place, and makes his appearance no more here; see Psalm 37:35;

thou changest his countenance; at death; the forerunners of death will change a man's countenance, pains, and diseases of body; by these God makes man's beauty to consume like the moth; the fear of death will change a man's countenance, as the handwriting on the wall did Belshazzar's, Daniel 5:9; even such who have out-braved death, and pretended to have made a covenant and agreement with it, yet when the king of terrors is presented to them, they are seized with a panic, their hearts ache, and their countenances turn pale; but oh! what a change is made by death itself, which for this reason is represented as riding on a pale horse; Revelation 6:8; when the rosy florid looks of man are gone, his comeliness turned into corruption, his countenance pale and meagre, his eyes hollow and sunk, his nose sharp pointed, his ears contracted, and jaws fallen, and his complexion altered, and still more when laid in the grave, and he is turned to rottenness, dust, and worms:

and sendeth him away; giveth him a dismission from this world; sendeth him out of it, from his house, his family, friends, and acquaintance: his birth is expressed often by his coming into the world, and his death by going out of it; for here he has no continuance, no abiding, no rest; and yet there is no departure till God gives him dismission by death, then he sends him away from hence; some in wrath, whom he sends to take up their abode with devils and damned spirits; others in love, to prevent their being involved in evils coming upon the earth, and to be in better company, with God and Christ, with angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect: Maimonides interprets this of Adam (r), who, when he changed the object of his countenance, and looked on the forbidden fruit, was sent out of paradise.

(r) Moreh Nevochim, par. 1. c. 2. p. 5. 20. prevailest—dost overpower by superior strength.

passeth—dieth.

changest countenance—the change in the visage at death. Differently (Da 5:9).14:16-22 Job's faith and hope spake, and grace appeared to revive; but depravity again prevailed. He represents God as carrying matters to extremity against him. The Lord must prevail against all who contend with him. God may send disease and pain, we may lose all comfort in those near and dear to us, every hope of earthly happiness may be destroyed, but God will receive the believer into realms of eternal happiness. But what a change awaits the prosperous unbeliever! How will he answer when God shall call him to his tribunal? The Lord is yet upon a mercy-seat, ready to be gracious. Oh that sinners would be wise, that they would consider their latter end! While man's flesh is upon him, that is, the body he is so loth to lay down, it shall have pain; and while his soul is within him, that is, the spirit he is so loth to resign, it shall mourn. Dying work is hard work; dying pangs often are sore pangs. It is folly for men to defer repentance to a death-bed, and to have that to do which is the one thing needful, when unfit to do anything.
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