Job 20:26
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New International Version
total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.

New Living Translation
Their treasures will be thrown into deepest darkness. A wildfire will devour their goods, consuming all they have left.

English Standard Version
Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; a fire not fanned will devour him; what is left in his tent will be consumed.

New American Standard Bible
Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent.

King James Bible
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned by human hands will consume him; it will feed on what is left in his tent.

International Standard Version
"Total darkness has been reserved for his treasures; a fire that has no need to be kindled will devour him and consume whatever remains in his possession.

NET Bible
Total darkness waits to receive his treasures; a fire which has not been kindled will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.

New Heart English Bible
All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Total darkness waits in hiding for his treasure. A fire that no one fans will burn him. Whatever is left in his tent will be devoured.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All darkness is laid up for his treasures; A fire not blown by man shall consume him; It shall go ill with him that is left in his tent.

New American Standard 1977
Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
            And unfanned fire will devour him;
            It will consume the survivor in his tent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All darkness is kept for his secrets; a fire not blown shall consume him; his successor shall be broken in his tent.

King James 2000 Bible
All darkness shall be laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown upon shall consume him; it shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.

American King James Version
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

American Standard Version
All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown by man'shall devour him; It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All darkness is hid in his secret places: a fire that is not kindled shall devour him, he shall be afflicted when left in his tabernacle.

Darby Bible Translation
All darkness is laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown shall devour him; it shall feed upon what is left in his tent.

English Revised Version
All darkness is laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown by man shall devour him; it shall consume that which is left in his tent.

Webster's Bible Translation
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

World English Bible
All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

Young's Literal Translation
All darkness is hid for his treasures, Consume him doth a fire not blown, Broken is the remnant in his tent.
Study Bible
Zophar: Triumph of the Wicked Short-lived
25"It is drawn forth and comes out of his back, Even the glittering point from his gall. Terrors come upon him, 26Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent. 27"The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.…
Cross References
Job 5:14
"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.

Job 15:30
"He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.

Job 18:18
"He is driven from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world.

Psalm 21:9
You will make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger; The LORD will swallow them up in His wrath, And fire will devour them.
Treasury of Scripture

All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

darkness

Job 18:5,6 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his …

Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look to the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, …

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: …

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

a fire

Psalm 21:9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger: the …

Psalm 120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, …

it shall go

Job 18:19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining …

Psalm 109:9-15 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow…

Isaiah 14:20-22 You shall not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed …

(26) All darkness shall be hid in his secret places.--Rather, All darkness, every kind of disaster, is laid up for his secret treasures.

A fire not blown.--By human hands, &c.

Verse 26. - All darkness shall be hid in his secret places; literally, all darkness is reserved for his treasures' which some understand of his hidden earthly treasures, which no one shall ever find - some of the retribution laid up for him by God, which will be such darkness as Job describes in Job 10:21, 22. A fire not blown shall consume him; i.e. "a fire lighted by no human hands," probably lightning or brimstone from heaven (Job his tent, i.e. in his dwelling. His wife, his children, if he has any, and his domestics, shall be involved in the general ruin. All darkness shall be hid in his secret places,.... In such places of secrecy, where he may promise himself safety, he shall find more calamities of all sorts; or every kind of judgments shall find him out, and come upon him, sometimes signified by darkness, see Isaiah 8:22; or utter darkness, the blackness of darkness; everlasting wrath, ruin, and destruction, are laid up and reserved in God's secret places for him, and lie hid among his treasures of vengeance, which he in due time will bring forth from thence, and punish the guilty sinner with, Jde 1:13; or all this shall be because of secret sins, as Ben Gersom interprets it; and so Mr. Broughton renders the words, "for his store"; that is, for the store of his sins, as he explains it, which, however privately and secretly committed, shall be brought into judgment; and there the hidden things of darkness will be brought to light, and sentence pass upon men for them:

a fire not blown shall consume him; not blown by man, but by God himself; which some understand of thunder and lightning, such as fell on Job's sheep and servants, and consumed them, and which may be glanced at; and others of some fiery distemper, a burning fever, hot ulcers, carbuncles, &c. such as were at this time on Job's body; but the Targum, better, of the fire of hell; and so many of the Jewish commentators (g), as well as Christian; the Septuagint version renders it, "unquenchable fire"; and so Mr. Broughton; and such the fire of hell is said to be, Matthew 3:12, &c. and which is a fire kindled by the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, Isaiah 30:33;

it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle; not only it shall go ill with the wicked man himself, but with those he leaves behind him, that dwell in the house he formerly lived in, with his posterity; God sometimes punishing the iniquities of the fathers upon the children.

(g) Jarchi, Sephorno, and others. 26. All darkness—that is, every calamity that befalls the wicked shall be hid (in store for him) in His (God's) secret places, or treasures (Jude 13; De 32:34).

not blown—not kindled by man's hands, but by God's (Isa 30:33; the Septuagint in the Alexandrian Manuscript reads "unquenchable fire," Mt 3:12). Tact is shown by the friends in not expressly mentioning, but alluding under color of general cases, to Job's calamities; here (Job 1:16) Umbreit explains it, wickedness, is a "self-igniting fire"; in it lie the principles of destruction.

ill … tabernacle—Every trace of the sinner must be obliterated (Job 18:15).20:23-29 Zophar, having described the vexations which attend wicked practices, shows their ruin from God's wrath. There is no fence against this, but in Christ, who is the only Covert from the storm and tempest, Isa 32:2. Zophar concludes, This is the portion of a wicked man from God; it is allotted him. Never was any doctrine better explained, or worse applied, than this by Zophar, who intended to prove Job a hypocrite. Let us receive the good explanation, and make a better application, for warning to ourselves, to stand in awe and sin not. One view of Jesus, directed by the Holy Spirit, and by him suitably impressed upon our souls, will quell a thousand carnal reasonings about the suffering of the faithful.
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