Job 17:5
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New International Version
If anyone denounces their friends for reward, the eyes of their children will fail.

New Living Translation
They betray their friends for their own advantage, so let their children faint with hunger.

English Standard Version
He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property— the eyes of his children will fail.

New American Standard Bible
"He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also will languish.

King James Bible
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man informs on his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail.

International Standard Version
Now as for the one who testifies against his friends to take their property, even the eyes of his children will fail.

NET Bible
If a man denounces his friends for personal gain, the eyes of his children will fail.

New Heart English Bible
He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Whoever turns in friends to get their property should have his children's eyesight fail.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that denounceth his friends for the sake of flattery, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

New American Standard 1977
“He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil,
            The eyes of his children also shall languish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that speaks flattery to his neighbour, even the eyes of his sons shall fail.

King James 2000 Bible
He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

American King James Version
He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

American Standard Version
He that denounceth his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He promiseth a prey to his companions, and the eyes of his children shall fail.

Darby Bible Translation
He that betrayeth friends for a prey -- even the eyes of his children shall fail.

English Revised Version
He that denounceth his friends for a prey, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

World English Bible
He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Young's Literal Translation
For a portion he sheweth friendship, And the eyes of his sons are consumed.
Study Bible
Job Appeals from Men to God
4"For You have kept their heart from understanding, Therefore You will not exalt them. 5"He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also will languish. 6"But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:13
You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.

Leviticus 19:16
'You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD.

Job 11:20
"But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last."
Treasury of Scripture

He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

He that

Job 32:21,22 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give …

Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

the eyes

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the …

Deuteronomy 28:65 And among these nations shall you find no ease, neither shall the …

1 Kings 11:12 Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it for David your father's …

Lamentations 4:17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching …

(5) He that speaketh flattery to his friends.--The three words thus rendered are, from their very brevity, most obscure. Literally, they run: for a portion he will tell friends. But what is the meaning of this? Some render, "He denounceth his friends for a prey," i.e., such is the conduct of Job's friends towards Job. Others understand it, "He would say, friends should take their part," i.e., any one who would undertake to be surety for me would naturally expect my friends to share the responsibility; but so far from this, the eyes of his sons would fail in looking for it; they would never see it.

Verse 5. - He that speaketh flattery to his friends; rather, he that denounceth his friends for a prey. Job means to accuse his "comforters" of so acting. By their persistent belief in his grievous wickedness they give him up, as it were, for a prey to calamity, which they pronounce him to have deserved on account of his secret sins. Even the eyes of his children shall fail. Whoever so acts shall be punished, not only in his own person, but also in the persons of his descendants (comp. Exodus 20:5). He that speaketh flattery to his friends,.... As Job's friends did to him when they promised great outward prosperity, and a restoration to his former state, and to a greater affluence upon his repentance and reformation; or when they spoke deceitfully for God, pretending great regard to the honour of his justice and holiness, and therefore insisted on it that he must be a wicked man and an hypocrite, that was afflicted by him, as Job was:

even the eyes of his children shall fail; so hateful are some sins to God, and particularly deceitful tongues, and flattering lips, that he will punish them in their posterity; the eyes of their children shall fail for want of sustenance, and while they are looking in vain for salvation and deliverance out of trouble, see Exodus 20:4. 5. The Hebrew for "flattery" is "smoothness"; then it came to mean a prey divided by lot, because a smooth stone was used in casting the lots (De 18:8), "a portion" (Ge 14:24). Therefore translate, "He that delivers up his friend as a prey (which the conduct of my friends implies that they would do), even the eyes," etc. [Noyes] (Job 11:20). Job says this as to the sinner's children, retorting upon their reproach as to the cutting off of his (Job 5:4; 15:30). This accords with the Old Testament dispensation of legal retribution (Ex 20:5).17:1-9 Job reflects upon the harsh censures his friends had passed upon him, and, looking on himself as a dying man, he appeals to God. Our time is ending. It concerns us carefully to redeem the days of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity. We see the good use the righteous should make of Job's afflictions from God, from enemies, and from friends. Instead of being discouraged in the service of God, by the hard usage this faithful servant of God met with, they should be made bold to proceed and persevere therein. Those who keep their eye upon heaven as their end, will keep their feet in the paths of religion as their way, whatever difficulties and discouragements they may meet with.
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