|New International Version (©2011)|
how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water!
New Living Translation (©2007)
How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person with a thirst for wickedness!
English Standard Version (©2001)
how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks injustice like water!
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water!
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
how much less one who is revolting and corrupt, who drinks injustice like water?
International Standard Version (©2012)
then how much less is one who is abhorred and corrupted, such as a man who drinks injustice like water?"
NET Bible (©2006)
how much less man, who is abominable and corrupt, who drinks in evil like water!
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
how much less will he trust the one who is disgusting and corrupt, the one who drinks wickedness like water.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinks iniquity like water?
American King James Version
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?
American Standard Version
How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh iniquity like water!
How much more is man abominable, and unprofitable, who drinketh iniquity like water?
Darby Bible Translation
How much less the abominable and corrupt, man, that drinketh unrighteousness like water!
English Revised Version
How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, a man that drinketh iniquity like water!
Webster's Bible Translation
How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinketh iniquity like water?
World English Bible
how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!
Young's Literal Translation
Also -- surely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
15:1-16 Eliphaz begins a second attack upon Job, instead of being softened by his complaints. He unjustly charges Job with casting off the fear of God, and all regard to him, and restraining prayer. See in what religion is summed up, fearing God, and praying to him; the former the most needful principle, the latter the most needful practice. Eliphaz charges Job with self-conceit. He charges him with contempt of the counsels and comforts given him by his friends. We are apt to think that which we ourselves say is important, when others, with reason, think little of it. He charges him with opposition to God. Eliphaz ought not to have put harsh constructions upon the words of one well known for piety, and now in temptation. It is plain that these disputants were deeply convinced of the doctrine of original sin, and the total depravity of human nature. Shall we not admire the patience of God in bearing with us? and still more his love to us in the redemption of Christ Jesus his beloved Son?
Verse 16. - How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water? rather, How much less one that is abominable and impure a man that drinketh in iniquity etc.? It cannot be doubted that Job is individually pointed at. Not mankind generally, but a particular man, is intended; and the particular man can be none other than Job. Thus we see how the progress of the controversy has tended to exasperate the disputants, and change the "comforters" from smooth-tongued friends into open enemies and accusers.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
How much more abominable and filthy is man,.... In his natural, corrupt, and unregenerate estate; man, as a creature, was not abominable, but becoming sinful he is; he is so in himself, cast out to the loathing of his person, being full of wounds, bruises, and putrefying sores, yea, like a dead corrupted carcass, for he is dead in trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1; and he appears to be corrupt by the abominable works done by him, as all the works of the flesh are; yea, he is abominable to himself, when made sensible of his state and case; he then abhors himself, and repents of his sins, he loathes his sins, and himself for them; and must be much more so in the sight of God, who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, as man is nothing else than a mass of sin, and therefore must be "filthy"; for sin is of a defiling nature, it defiles the body and all its members, and the soul with all its powers and faculties: man is naturally and originally filthy, being conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity; nor can a clean thing be brought out of an unclean; he is internally and universally unclean, his heart is a sink of sin, desperately wicked, and wickedness itself; his mind and conscience are defiled, and there is no place clean; and this appears outwardly in his actions, in his life and conversation, which is filthy also: for if the ploughing of the wicked is sin, and the righteousnesses of men are filthy rags, how impure must the immoral actions of wicked men be? man is so impure, that nothing but the blood of Christ can purify his heart, and purge his conscience from dead works, and make white his outward conversation garment:
which drinketh iniquity like water; it is as natural to him to commit iniquity as it is for a man to drink water when he is thirsty, and he does it with equal gust, delight, and pleasure; as cold water is delightful to a thirsty soul, so is sin to a sinner, a sweet morsel he holds in his mouth; various lusts are various pleasures, though these pleasures are but for a season: sin, like water, is easy to be come at, it is near at hand, it easily besets men, and is all around them, and they easily give into it; everyone turns to his wicked course as readily as the horse rushes into the battle; and the phrase may be expressive of the abundance of sin committed, like large draughts of water greedily taken down by a man athirst, and repeated again and again; moreover, as water drank enters into men, and is taken down as an harmless thing, yet often proves very hurtful and pernicious to them when drank while they are hot, and occasions disorders, which issue in death; so sin, though it may seem harmless, and be pleasing and refreshing, going down like water, yet it works like poison, and is the gall of asps within a man, and ends in eternal death, if grace prevents not. This is the conclusion and application of the whole to man, arguing from the greater to the lesser, and so proving the impurity and imperfection of man, and that he cannot be clean and righteous before God of himself.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
16. filthy—in Arabic "sour" (Ps 14:3; 53:3), corrupted from his original purity.
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