Job 15:32
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New International Version
Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish.

New Living Translation
Like trees, they will be cut down in the prime of life; their branches will never again be green.

English Standard Version
It will be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green.

New American Standard Bible
"It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green.

King James Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

Christian Standard Bible
It will be accomplished before his time, and his branch will not flourish.

Contemporary English Version
like a date palm tree without a leaf.

Good News Translation
Before their time is up they will wither, wither like a branch and never be green again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It will be accomplished before his time, and his branch will not flourish.

International Standard Version
This will be accomplished before his time; his branches won't grow luxuriant.

NET Bible
Before his time he will be paid in full, and his branches will not flourish.

New Heart English Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time. His branch shall not be green.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It will happen before his time has come, and his branch will not become green.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be leafy.

New American Standard 1977
“It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall be cut off before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

King James 2000 Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

American King James Version
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

American Standard Version
It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before his days be full he shall perish: and his hands shall wither away.

Darby Bible Translation
It shall be complete before his day, and his branch shall not be green.

English Revised Version
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

Webster's Bible Translation
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

World English Bible
It shall be accomplished before his time. His branch shall not be green.

Young's Literal Translation
Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
31"Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward. 32"It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green. 33"He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will cast off his flower like the olive tree.…
Cross References
Job 18:16
"His roots are dried below, And his branch is cut off above.

Job 22:16
Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?

Psalm 55:23
But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.

Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

Ecclesiastes 7:17
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
Treasury of Scripture

It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

accomplished. or, cut off

Job 22:16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflowed with a flood:

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be you foolish: why should you die …

and his branch

Job 8:16-19 He is green before the sun, and his branch shoots forth in his garden…

Job 14:7-9 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout …

Job 18:16,17 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off…

Psalm 52:5-8 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, …

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

Ezekiel 17:8-10 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring …

Hosea 9:16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: …

Hosea 14:5-7 I will be as the dew to Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast …

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; …

(32) It shall be accomplished.--That is, paid in full before its time.

The remainder of this chapter calls for little explanation. In it the speaker only repeats the orthodox and familiar saw that the wicked are punished in life, and therefore, by implication, the good rewarded: a maxim which fails utterly in the face of afflictions like those of Job, unless, as his friends insinuated, he was one of the wicked. After stating the doom of the ungodly, Eliphaz, in the last verse, sums up the character of those he has been denouncing. Not only are they evil in themselves, but they hatch evil; but it is evil that recoils on themselves.

Verse 32. - It shall be accomplished before his time. "It [i.e. the recompense] shall be accomplished [or, 'paid in full '] before its time [i.e. before payment is due]." A vague threat, probably intended to signify that death will come upon the wicked man prematurely, before he has lived out halt the days of his natural life. And his branch shall not be green; i.e. he shall wither and fade, like a tree not planted by the waterside (Psalm 1:3). It shall be accomplished before his time, Either the recompence or reward of his trusting vanity, in vain persons or things, the punishment of such a trust, the sorrows and troubles following upon it; these shall come upon the wicked man "before his day" (f), as it may be rendered; before the day of his death, even before his old age; before the evil days come in a course of nature, and those years in which he has no pleasure: or his life, and the days of his life, "shall be filled up" (g); or be at an end before his time; not before the time fixed in the decree and purpose of God, Job 14:5; but before his own time, that he and his friends thought he might have lived, and as his healthful constitution promised; or before the then common term of human life; and so the phrase is expressive or an immature death:

and his branch shall not be green; but dried up and wither away; his wealth and riches, his children and family, be utterly extinct; instead of being like a branch, green and flourishing, shall be like a dry stick, useless and unprofitable, only fit for burning; see Job 15:30.

(f) "ante diem suam", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (g) "complebitur", Montanus; "implebitur", Schultens. 32. Literally, "it (the tree to which he is compared, Job 15:30, or else his life) shall not be filled up in its time"; that is, "he shall be ended before his time."

shall not be green—image from a withered tree; the childless extinction of the wicked.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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