Job 15:30
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New International Version
He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.

New Living Translation
"They will not escape the darkness. The burning sun will wither their shoots, and the breath of God will destroy them.

English Standard Version
he will not depart from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and by the breath of his mouth he will depart.

New American Standard Bible
"He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.

King James Bible
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will not escape from the darkness; flames will wither his shoots, and by the breath of God's mouth, he will depart.

International Standard Version
He won't escape darkness; a flame will wither his shoots; and he'll depart by the breath of God's mouth.

NET Bible
He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots and he will depart by the breath of God's mouth.

New Heart English Bible
He shall not depart out of darkness. The flame shall dry up his branches. By the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"He won't escape the darkness. A flame will shrivel his branches. He will be blown away by his own breath.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of His mouth shall he go away.

New American Standard 1977
“He will not escape from darkness;
            The flame will wither his shoots,
            And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall not escape from the darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth he shall perish.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

American King James Version
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

American Standard Version
He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall not depart out of darkness: the flame shall dry up his branches, and he shall be taken away by the breath of his own month.

Darby Bible Translation
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches; and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

English Revised Version
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

World English Bible
He shall not depart out of darkness. The flame shall dry up his branches. By the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.

Young's Literal Translation
He turneth not aside from darkness, His tender branch doth a flame dry up, And he turneth aside at the breath of His mouth!
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
29"He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground. 30"He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away. 31"Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.…
Cross References
Job 4:9
"By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

Job 5:14
"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.

Job 15:22
"He does not believe that he will return from darkness, And he is destined for the sword.

Job 15:23
"He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness is at hand.

Job 15:34
"For the company of the godless is barren, And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.

Job 18:16
"His roots are dried below, And his branch is cut off above.

Job 20:26
Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent.

Job 22:20
Saying, 'Truly our adversaries are cut off, And their abundance the fire has consumed.'

Job 31:12
"For it would be fire that consumes to Abaddon, And would uproot all my increase.
Treasury of Scripture

He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

depart

Job 15:22 He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited …

Job 10:21,22 Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness …

Job 18:5,6,18 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his …

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: …

Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take …

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; …

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

the flame

Job 20:26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown …

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

Ezekiel 15:4-7 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devours both …

Ezekiel 20:47,48 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus …

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

Mark 9:43-49 And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to …

2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

by the breath

Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite …

(30) He shall not depart out of darkness.--See Job 15:22. "By the breath of his mouth shall he go away." What this means is not very clear: probably as in Job 11:20; or, "When he expires it shall be the end of him; he shall leave nothing permanent that is destined to last;" or, "He shall pass away suddenly and completely, like his own breath."

Verse 30. - He shall not depart out of darkness (comp. ver. 23, where the wicked man is threatened with "a day of darkness"). When the darkness once falls, it shall continue; there shall be no escaping out of it The flame shall dry up his branches; rather, a flame. The "flame" intended seems to be the wrath of God. ' And by the breath of his mouth; i.e. "of God's mouth" (comp. Job 4:9). Shall he go away; or, pass away; i.e. disappear, be consumed, perish. He shall not depart out of darkness,.... Out of the darkness of poverty, calamity, and distress he comes into, and, indeed, he despairs of it himself, as in Job 15:22; and in a spiritual sense he departs not out of the darkness of sin, out of the dark state of unregeneracy; nor will he depart out of the blackness and darkness reserved for him hereafter, when he is once come into it:

the flame shall dry up his branches; alluding either to a violent drought and heat, which dries up pastures, herbs, and trees, and the branches of them; or to a wind, as the Septuagint, a burning wind, in the eastern countries, which consumed all green things; or to a flash of lightning, which shatters, strips, and destroys branches of trees: here it may signify the wrath of God, like a flame of fire consuming the wealth and substance, and families, of wicked men; whose children particularly may be compared to branches, and so respect may be had to Job's children, who were suddenly destroyed by a violent wind, which threw down the house in which they were:

and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away; out of the world, a phrase expressive of death; either because of the breath of his own mouth, as some in Jarchi, because of his blasphemies against God and his people, because of his cursing and swearing his mouth is full of, and the many vain, foolish, and idle words which come out of it, and for which he will be condemned; or rather

"by the breath of the mouth of God,''

as the Targum; either according to his purpose and decree, and by his order, and the word that goes out of his mouth; the wicked man shall be obliged to depart out of the world at once, being struck dead by him, as Ananias and Sapphira were; or by his powerful wrath and vengeance, whose breath is as a stream of brimstone, and with which he will slay the wicked of the earth, and particularly will consume the wicked one, antichrist, even with the spirit of his mouth, and with the brightness of his coming, Isaiah 11:4. 30. depart—that is, escape (Job 15:22, 23).

branches—namely, his offspring (Job 1:18, 19; Ps 37:35).

dry up—The "flame" is the sultry wind in the East by which plants most full of sap are suddenly shrivelled.

his mouth—that is, God's wrath (Isa 11:4).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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