Job 18:11
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New International Version
Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.

New Living Translation
"Terrors surround the wicked and trouble them at every step.

English Standard Version
Terrors frighten him on every side, and chase him at his heels.

New American Standard Bible
"All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step.

King James Bible
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Terrors frighten him on every side and harass him at every step.

International Standard Version
"He is petrified by terror that surrounds him on all sides; they chase at his heels.

NET Bible
Terrors frighten him on all sides and dog his every step.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Terrors suddenly pounce on him from every side and chase him every step he takes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and his own feet shall drive him away.

King James 2000 Bible
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

American King James Version
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

American Standard Version
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, And shall chase him at his heels.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fears shall terrify him on every side, and shall entangle his feet.

Darby Bible Translation
Terrors make him afraid on every side, and chase him at his footsteps.

English Revised Version
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall chase him at his heels.

Webster's Bible Translation
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

World English Bible
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall chase him at his heels.

Young's Literal Translation
Round about terrified him have terrors, And they have scattered him -- at his feet.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:11-21 Bildad describes the destruction wicked people are kept for, in the other world, and which in some degree, often seizes them in this world. The way of sin is the way of fear, and leads to everlasting confusion, of which the present terrors of an impure conscience are earnests, as in Cain and Judas. Miserable indeed is a wicked man's death, how secure soever his life was. See him dying; all that he trusts to for his support shall be taken from him. How happy are the saints, and how indebted to the lord Jesus, by whom death is so far done away and changed, that this king of terrors is become a friend and a servant! See the wicked man's family sunk and cut off. His children shall perish, either with him or after him. Those who consult the true honour of their family, and its welfare, will be afraid of withering all by sin. The judgments of God follow the wicked man after death in this world, as a proof of the misery his soul is in after death, and as an earnest of that everlasting shame and contempt to which he shall rise in the great day. The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot, Pr 10:7. It would be well if this report of wicked men would cause any to flee from the wrath to come, from which their power, policy, and riches cannot deliver them. But Jesus ever liveth to deliver all who trust in him. Bear up then, suffering believers. Ye shall for a little time have sorrow, but your Beloved, your Saviour, will see you again; your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh away.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Terrors shall make him afraid on every side. Vague fears, panic terrors, no longer subjective, but to his bewildered brain objective, shall seem to menace the wicked man on every side, and shall affright him continually. There is an allusion, doubtless, to what Job has said of the gloomy and terrifying thoughts which come over him from time to time (Job 3:25; Job 7:14; Job 9:28; Job 13:21) and fill him with consternation. And shall drive him to his feet; rather, shall chase him at his heels (see the Revised Version). Like a pack of hounds, or wolves, or jackals. Jackals are common in Palestine and the adjacent countries. They hunt in lacks, and generally run down their prey; but do not, unless hard pressed by hunger, attack men.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Terrors shall make him afraid on every side,.... Make him a "Magormissabib", or "terror on every side", as Pashur was a terror to himself, Jeremiah 20:3, and all his friends about him; these terrors may be either the terrors of the judges of the earth upon wicked men, who are, or should be, a terror to evildoers, and of whom wicked men are afraid, lest they should be taken and punished by them; to this sense is the note of Sephorno: or else the terrors of a guilty conscience, which drive a man to his wits' end, that he knows not what to do, nor whither to go; these terrify him night and day, and make an hell upon earth unto him; or the terrors of the righteous law of God broken by him, its menaces and curses threatening him with death and everlasting damnation; or the terrors of the judgments of God on earth, which by their forerunners appear to be coming on it, by reason of which men's hearts fail for fear of them; or terrible apprehensions of the wrath of God for sin, here and hereafter, together with the terrors of death, which fall upon them, and of an awful judgment yet to come. Now Bildad had observed, that Job had said some things concerning the terrors he was sometimes possessed of, Job 6:4; and therefore would suggest from hence that he must be a wicked man, since this is the case of such; but it is easy to observe that good men are sometimes surrounded with terrors as well as others, so that this is no proof of a man's character and state, see Psalm 88:15;

and shall drive him to his feet; to take to his feet and run, in order to get rid of his terrors if possible, but in vain; these cause him not to run to God, to his feet, to the throne and footstool of his grace, but from him, to the rocks and mountains to hide him from his wrath, though there is no going from his spirit, nor fleeing from his presence; and terrors will also have such an effect upon wielded men as to cause them to flee from men, as in Cain, who not only went, from the presence of the Lord, but from the society of men, and became a fugitive and vagabond, and afraid of everyone he met with, lest he should kill him; and sometimes wicked men flee when none pursue, and even at the sound of shaking leaf, Proverbs 28:1; or "shall scatter him at his feet" (t), either at the feet of the robber, or cause him to fall to the ground, in the place where his feet stood. Mr. Broughton renders it, "shall press him at his feet", shall follow at his heels, and keep close to him wherever he goes, and overtake and seize him.

(t) "dispergent eum", Pagninus, Montanus, Beza, Mercerus, Piscator, Schmidt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Terrors—often mentioned in this book (Job 18:14; 24:17; &c.). The terrors excited through an evil conscience are here personified. "Magor-missabib" (Jer 20:3).

drive … to his feet—rather, "shall pursue" (literally, "scatter," Hab 3:14) him close "at his heels" (literally, "immediately after his feet," Hab 3:5; 1Sa 25:42; Hebrew). The image is that of a pursuing conqueror who scatters the enemy [Umbreit].

Job 18:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked
10"A noose for him is hidden in the ground, And a trap for him on the path. 11"All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step. 12"His strength is famished, And calamity is ready at his side.…
Cross References
Job 15:21
Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.

Job 18:10
A noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path.

Job 18:18
He is driven from light into the realm of darkness and is banished from the world.

Job 20:8
Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.

Job 20:25
He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;

Psalm 73:19
How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!

Isaiah 28:19
As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.

Jeremiah 20:4
For this is what the LORD says: 'I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will give all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry them away to Babylon or put them to the sword.

Daniel 5:9
So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.
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Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Terrors

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Job 15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

Job 20:25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; yes, the glittering sword …

Psalm 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly …

Jeremiah 6:25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of …

Jeremiah 20:3,4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah …

Jeremiah 46:5 Why have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty …

Jeremiah 49:29 Their tents and their flocks shall they take away: they shall take …

2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we …

Revelation 6:15,16 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, …

drive him. Heb. scatter him. to his feet

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

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

Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God has scattered …

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

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