Job 18:15
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New International Version
Fire resides in his tent; burning sulfur is scattered over his dwelling.

New Living Translation
The homes of the wicked will burn down; burning sulfur rains on their houses.

English Standard Version
In his tent dwells that which is none of his; sulfur is scattered over his habitation.

New American Standard Bible
"There dwells in his tent nothing of his; Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.

King James Bible
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Nothing he owned remains in his tent. Burning sulfur is scattered over his home.

International Standard Version
"There's nothing in his tent that belongs to him; sulfur is scattered all over his dwelling place.

NET Bible
Fire resides in his tent; over his residence burning sulfur is scattered.

New Heart English Bible
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Sulfur shall be scattered on his habitation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fire lives in his tent. Sulfur is scattered over his home.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his; Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

New American Standard 1977
“There dwells in his tent nothing of his;
            Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall dwell in his tent, as if it were not his; brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall dwell in his tent, who are none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

American King James Version
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered on his habitation.

American Standard Version
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the companions of him that is not, dwell in his tabernacle, let brimstone be sprinkled in his tent.

Darby Bible Translation
They who are none of his shall dwell in his tent; brimstone shall be showered upon his habitation:

English Revised Version
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

Webster's Bible Translation
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

World English Bible
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Sulfur shall be scattered on his habitation.

Young's Literal Translation
It dwelleth in his tent -- out of his provender, Scattered over his habitation is sulphur.
Study Bible
Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked
14"He is torn from the security of his tent, And they march him before the king of terrors. 15"There dwells in his tent nothing of his; Brimstone is scattered on his habitation. 16"His roots are dried below, And his branch is cut off above.…
Cross References
Luke 17:29
But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

Psalm 11:6
Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

Jeremiah 49:18
"Like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors," says the LORD, "no one will live there, nor will a son of man reside in it.

Zechariah 5:4
"I will make it go forth," declares the LORD of hosts, "and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones."
Treasury of Scripture

It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered on his habitation.

dwell

Job 18:12,13 His strength shall be extremely hungry, and destruction shall be …

Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, said the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter …

because

Job 20:18-21 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow …

Job 31:38,39 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain…

Jeremiah 22:13 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Habakkuk 2:6-11 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting …

brimstone

Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire …

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, …

Psalm 11:6 On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible …

Isaiah 34:9,10 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust …

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

(15) It shall dwell in his tabernacle.--Or, "There shall dwell in his tent they that are none of his," or "which is no longer his": i.e., terrors shall dwell, or, "which is none of his" may hint that it had been violently taken from some one else. "Brimstone shall be scattered on his dwelling" is probably an allusion to the cities of the plain (Genesis 19).

Verse 15. - It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his; either, it (i.e. terror) shall dwell in his tabernacle which is no longer his; or, they shall dwell in his tabernacle that are none of his; i.e. strangers st, all inhabit the place where he dwelt heretofore (compare the Revised Version). Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. As God rained fire and brimstone out of heaven upon the cities of the plain (Genesis 19:24), so shall brimstone be scattered upon his habitation to ruin and destroy it (comp. Deuteronomy 29:23; Psalm 11:6). It shall dwell in his tabernacle,.... What shall dwell in it is not said; there are various conjectures about it, and different supplements are made; the Targum is,

"his wife shall dwell in a tabernacle not his;''

and to the same purpose Jarchi; as if it was one part of the punishment of a wicked man, that he should leave a widow behind him, and no house of his own for her to dwell in; but this is the case of the widows of many good men, who themselves, in their lifetime, have no houses of their own, and some no certain dwelling places, yea, have lived in caves and dens of the earth; the mother of our Lord, who seems to have been a widow at his death, was taken by one of his disciples to his own home, which shows she had none of her own. The Vulgate Latin version is,

"his neighbours shall dwell in his tabernacle;''

which some understand of their coming into it after his death, to mourn and bewail him; but as such a visit of his family upon his decease cannot be called dwelling, so this is rather a benefit and favour to his family, than a distress: rather it may signify, that such neighbours whom he had oppressed, and who hated him for his tyranny and cruelty, now should dwell in his house; what he had built, strangers should inhabit, which is a punishment of sin and sinners, Deuteronomy 28:30. Aben Ezra supplies it thus, a strange or evil beast shall dwell in it, as they do in desolate places; and it is frequently given as a sign and token of desolation in countries, cities, and palaces, that they are become the habitations of wild and savage creatures, see Isaiah 13:19; but it seems best to supply it from the context, either thus, famine, hunger, want of food, shall dwell in it; poverty and want shall come like an armed man into it, and take possession; there shall appear all the marks and signs of penury and distress; or destruction ready at his side shall take up its abode in it, and it shall be called the house of destruction, as a certain city is called the city of destruction, because devoted to it, Isaiah 19:18; or the firstborn of death, some deadly disease, as the pestilence; or death itself, the king of terrors, who is sometimes represented as a person coming up into the windows of a palace, and entering it, and cutting off great numbers; so that it goes ill with him that is left in a tabernacle, where he has his habitation, Jeremiah 9:21; or terror, as Ben Gersom; everyone of the terrors before mentioned, so that no body will care to dwell in it, but forsake it as an haunted house: in short, from the whole it may be gathered, that the curse of God should alight upon it, and remain in it, as it does in the house of the wicked; the same with the flying roll in the vision of Zechariah, the curse of God's righteous law, which enters into the house of the thief and perjurer, and consumes it, Proverbs 3:33; the reason follows,

because it is none of his; not by right, being bought or built with mammon of unrighteousness, with money not honestly got, and therefore shall not prosper; or because it is no longer his, he being taken from it by death, the king of terrors, and that not knowing or owning him any more as its master or proprietor, and therefore strangers shall dwell in it; or because there is none that shall be after him, because he shall have none left, or he shall have no survivor (h), all his family being taken away by death; and therefore nothing but desolation and destruction shall be seen in it, see Amos 6:9;

brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation; that is, his house should be burnt down by lightning, which is often sulphurous, and sometimes very sensibly has the smell of brimstone in it (i). Bildad may refer either to the fire of heaven that destroyed Job's sheep, which was of this kind; or rather to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, by a shower of fire and brimstone from heaven, a fact well known in those times. Moreover, brimstone scattered upon the wicked man's dwelling place may denote the desolation of it, that it should lie in ruins, and be unfit to be inhabited; and the desolation of places is sometimes signified by their being salt, brimstone and burning pitch, Deuteronomy 29:23; yea, this may be carried further, and denote the eternal damnation of all in his house, seeing the burning of Sodom with brimstone was an example to ungodly men suffering the vengeance of eternal fire, Jde 1:7; and which is sometimes expressed by brimstone, and a lake burning with fire and brimstone, Revelation 20:10. Some (k) think respect is had to the purifying of houses with sulphur, to drive away demons, and remove impurity, to make them fit to dwell in (l); and others think it refers to the burning of sulphur in houses at funerals, to testify and exaggerate mourning (m).

(h) So Syr. Ar & Schmidt. (i) Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 35. c. 35. (k) Scheuchzer. Physic. Sacr. vol. 4. p. 709, 710. (l) Vid. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 35. c. 15. Theocrit. Idyll. 25. ver. 95. Homer. Odyss. 22. prope finem. (m) Vid. Menochium de Repub. Heb. l. 8. c. 6. col. 792. 15. It—"Terror" shall haunt, etc., and not as Umbreit, "another," which the last clause of the verse disproves.

none of his—It is his no longer.

brimstone—probably comparing the calamity of Job by the "fire of God" (Job 1:16) to the destruction of guilty Sodom by fire and brimstone (Ge 19:24).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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