Job 15:21
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New International Version
Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.

New Living Translation
The sound of terror rings in their ears, and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer.

English Standard Version
Dreadful sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.

Berean Study Bible
Sounds of terror fill his ears; in his prosperity the destroyer attacks him.

New American Standard Bible
"Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.

King James Bible
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

Christian Standard Bible
Dreadful sounds fill his ears; when he is at peace, a robber attacks him.

Contemporary English Version
Even in times of success, they constantly hear the threat of doom.

Good News Translation
Voices of terror will scream in their ears, and robbers attack when they think they are safe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dreadful sounds fill his ears; when he is at peace, a robber attacks him.

International Standard Version
Terrifying sounds ring in his ears; when times are prosperous, the Destroyer will attack him.

NET Bible
Terrifying sounds fill his ears; in a time of peace marauders attack him.

New Heart English Bible
A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Terrifying sounds are in his ears. While he enjoys peace, the destroyer comes to him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A sound of terrors is in his ears: In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

New American Standard 1977
“Sounds of terror are in his ears, While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fearful sounds are in his ears; in peace the destroyer shall come upon him.

King James 2000 Bible
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

American King James Version
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

American Standard Version
A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sound of dread is always in his ears: and when there is peace, he always suspecteth treason.

Darby Bible Translation
The sound of terrors is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer cometh upon him.

English Revised Version
A sound of terrors is in his ears; in prosperity the spoiler shall come upon him:

Webster's Bible Translation
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

World English Bible
A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

Young's Literal Translation
A fearful voice is in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
20A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; only a few years are reserved for the ruthless. 21Sounds of terror fill his ears; in his prosperity the destroyer attacks him. 22He despairs of his return from darkness; he is marked for the sword.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, "Peace and security," destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Job 15:24
Distress and anguish terrify him, overwhelming him like a king poised to attack.

Job 18:11
Terrors frighten him on every side and harass his every step.

Job 18:14
He is torn from the shelter of his tent and is marched off to the king of terrors.

Job 20:21
Nothing is left for him to consume; therefore, his prosperity will not endure.

Job 20:25
It is drawn out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors come over him.

Job 22:10
Therefore snares surround you, and sudden peril terrifies you;

Job 24:17
For to them, deep darkness is their morning; surely they are friends with the terrors of darkness!

Job 27:20
Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest sweeps him away in the night.

Proverbs 10:24
What the wicked dreads will overtake him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Treasury of Scripture

A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

dreadful sound. Heb. sound of fears

Job 18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Genesis 3:9,10 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you…

Leviticus 26:36 And on them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into …

2 Kings 7:6 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of …

Proverbs 1:26,27 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes…

in prosperity

Job 1:13-19 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and …

Job 20:5-7,22-24 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Leviticus 26:36 And on them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into …

1 Samuel 25:36-38 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, …

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of …

Acts 12:21-23 And on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne, …

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

the destroyer

1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed …

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless …

Verse 21. - A dreadful sound is in his ears; literally, a sound of terrors. Fears of all kinds beset him, lest he should lose his prosperity. Sometimes they seem actually to sound in his ears. Prosper as he may, he feels that in prosperity the destroyer shall one day come upon him. "The destroyer" may be either the destroying angel, or the avenger of blood, or a robber-chief at the head of a band of marauders. A dreadful sound is in his ears,.... Or "a voice", or "sound of fears" (t), of what causes fears; and which are either imaginary; sometimes wicked men, fear when there is no cause or occasion for it; they fancy an enemy at their heels, and flee, when none pursues them; they are a "Magormissabib", or "terror on every side", a fear to themselves and all about them, Jeremiah 20:3; like Cain, who fancied and feared that every man that met him would slay him Genesis 4:13; such is the effect of a guilty conscience: or real; and these either extraordinary sounds, such as were made in the ears of the Syrian host, which caused them to flee, and leave their tents, and all their substance in them, 2 Kings 7:6; or ordinary, as the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war, wars and rumours which are very terrible, especially to some persons; or sounds of fears, reports of one calamity after another, which cause fears; and so may respect Job's troubles, and the dreadful sound of them in his ears, brought by one messenger of bad tidings after another: but there is a more dreadful sound than either of these, which is sometimes in the ears of wicked men; the terrors of the law of God broken by them, the menaces and curses of it, and a sound of hell and damnation, which continually rings in their ears, and fills the with horror and black despair; and so the Targum,

"the voice or sound of the fears in hell is in his ears;''

and among the rest of his fears what follows is one, and so some connect the words, that (u).

in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him; either God the lawgiver, whose law he has transgressed, and who is able, as to save his people, so to destroy the wicked, soul and body, in hell; and destruction from the Almighty, Job himself says, was a terror to him, Job 31:23; or a destroying angel, such an one as went through the land of Egypt, and destroyed the firstborn, and into the camp of Israel, when they committed sin, and were destroyed of the destroyer; or some enemy, plunderer, and robber, such as the Sabeans and Chaldeans were, and to whom respect may be had; or even the devil himself, Apollyon, the destroyer of the souls of men, and who sometimes wicked men fear will come and carry them away, soul and body, to hell; or it may be death is meant, which kills and destroys all men; and wicked men are afraid that in the midst of all their peace and prosperity sudden destruction by death should come upon them, like a thief in the night, and remove them from all their enjoyments; and whether they are or no under any fearful apprehensions of this, it certainly will be their case.

(t) "sonitus timorum", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius; to the same sense Codurcus, Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens. (u) "Vastatorem invasurum eum", Junius & Tremellius. 21. An evil conscience conceives alarm at every sudden sound, though it be in a time of peace ("prosperity"), when there is no real danger (Le 26:36; Pr 28:1; 2Ki 7:6).15:17-35 Eliphaz maintains that the wicked are certainly miserable: whence he would infer, that the miserable are certainly wicked, and therefore Job was so. But because many of God's people have prospered in this world, it does not therefore follow that those who are crossed and made poor, as Job, are not God's people. Eliphaz shows also that wicked people, particularly oppressors, are subject to continual terror, live very uncomfortably, and perish very miserably. Will the prosperity of presumptuous sinners end miserably as here described? Then let the mischiefs which befal others, be our warnings. Though no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness to them that are exercised thereby. No calamity, no trouble, however heavy, however severe, can rob a follower of the Lord of his favour. What shall separate him from the love of Christ?
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