Job 18:12
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New International Version
Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.

New Living Translation
Hunger depletes their strength, and calamity waits for them to stumble.

English Standard Version
His strength is famished, and calamity is ready for his stumbling.

New American Standard Bible
"His strength is famished, And calamity is ready at his side.

King James Bible
His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His strength is depleted; disaster lies ready for him to stumble.

International Standard Version
He is starved for strength; and is ripe for a fall.

NET Bible
Calamity is hungry for him, and misfortune is ready at his side.

New Heart English Bible
His strength shall be famished. Calamity shall be ready at his side.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hunger undermines his strength. Disaster is waiting beside him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
His trouble shall be ravenous, And calamity shall be ready for his fall.

New American Standard 1977
“His strength is famished,
            And calamity is ready at his side.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

King James 2000 Bible
His strength shall be hunger-bitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

American King James Version
His strength shall be extremely hungry, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

American Standard Version
His strength shall be hunger-bitten, And calamity shall be ready at his side.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let his strength be wasted with famine, and let hunger invade his ribs.

Darby Bible Translation
His strength is hunger-bitten, and calamity is ready at his side.

English Revised Version
His strength shall be hunger-bitten and calamity shall be ready for his halting.

Webster's Bible Translation
His strength shall be hunger-bitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

World English Bible
His strength shall be famished. Calamity shall be ready at his side.

Young's Literal Translation
Hungry is his sorrow, And calamity is ready at his side.
Study Bible
Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked
11"All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step. 12"His strength is famished, And calamity is ready at his side. 13"His skin is devoured by disease, The firstborn of death devours his limbs.…
Cross References
Job 31:3
"Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity?

Isaiah 8:21
They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.
Treasury of Scripture

His strength shall be extremely hungry, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

hunger-bitten

Job 15:23,24 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knows that the …

1 Samuel 2:5,36 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they …

Psalm 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the …

Psalm 109:10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek …

destruction

Psalm 7:12-14 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and …

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

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

(12) His strength.--By "strength" some understand his firstborn son, as Genesis 49:3, but it is not necessary to take it otherwise than literally.

Destruction shall be ready at his side.--Or, according to some, for his halting; shall lie in wait for his tripping in order to overthrow him.

Verse 12. - His strength shall be hunger-bitten. (So Dillmann, Cook, and the Revised Version.) To the other sufferings of the wicked man shall be added the pangs of hunger. His bodily strength shall disappear, as destitution and famine come upon him. And destruction shall be ready at his side. Ready to seize on him at any moment. Some translate, "ready for his halting" i.e. ready to seize on him in ease of his tripping or halting (so the Revised Version). His strength shall be hungerbitten,.... Or "shall be famine" (u), or hunger, that is, shall be weakened by it; famine is a sore evil, and greatly weakens thee natural strength of men; want of food will soon bring down the strength of the strongest man, when the stay and the staff, the sustenance and support of man's nature is taken from him: many of the Jewish writers, by "his strength", understand his children, who are, as Jacob said of Reuben, his might, and the beginning of his strength, Genesis 49:3; and when grown up are his protection and defence; and for these to be distressed with hunger, or destroyed by famine, is a sore judgment; so the Targum paraphrases it, his firstborn son; Jarchi interprets it, his son; and Ben Gersom, his seed or offspring:

and destruction shall be ready at his side; or "to his rib" (w); that is, his wife, as the Targum and Jarchi explain it, the Jews calling a man's wife his rib, because the woman was originally made out of one of the ribs of man; and if this could be thought to be the sense of the word here, and what is given by them of the former clause, both make up a complete account of the destruction of a wicked man's family, his wife and children: but rather it signifies some calamity, distress, and trouble at hand, ready prepared for wicked men, just going to be inflicted on them; for God has stores of vengeance for them, and has made ready his bow, and prepared instruments and arrows of death and destruction for them, as well as there is everlasting fire prepared, and blackness of darkness reserved for them in the world to come; for it can hardly be thought that this should be understood literally of any disease in the side, as the pleurisy, &c. which is threatening, or any mortal wound or stab there, such as Joab gave Amass under the fifth rib.

(u) "fames", Beza. (w) "costae ejus", Montanus, Vatablus, Grotius, Schultens. 12. The Hebrew is brief and bold, "his strength is hungry."

destruction—that is, a great calamity (Pr 1:27).

ready at his side—close at hand to destroy him (Pr 19:29).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.
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