Job 21:21
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New International Version
For what do they care about the families they leave behind when their allotted months come to an end?

New Living Translation
For they will not care what happens to their family after they are dead.

English Standard Version
For what do they care for their houses after them, when the number of their months is cut off?

New American Standard Bible
"For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off?

King James Bible
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what does he care about his family once he is dead, when the number of his months has run out?

International Standard Version
What will they care for their household after them, when the number of his months comes to an end?"

NET Bible
For what is his interest in his home after his death, when the number of his months has been broken off?

New Heart English Bible
For what does he care for his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can he be interested in his family after he's gone, when the number of his months is cut short?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him? Seeing the number of his months is determined.

New American Standard 1977
“For what does he care for his household after him,
            When the number of his months is cut off?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what delight shall he have in his house after him, being cut off in the number of his months?

King James 2000 Bible
For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

American King James Version
For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the middle?

American Standard Version
For what careth he for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is it to him what befalleth his house after him: and if the number of his months be diminished by one half?

Darby Bible Translation
For what pleasure should he have in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?

English Revised Version
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

World English Bible
For what does he care for his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?

Young's Literal Translation
For what is his delight in his house after him, And the number of his months cut off?
Study Bible
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
20"Let his own eyes see his decay, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21"For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off? 22"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?…
Cross References
Job 14:5
"Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass.

Job 21:20
"Let his own eyes see his decay, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

Job 21:22
"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?
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For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the middle?

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Verse 21. ? For what pleasure hath he in his house after him? What does he care, ordinarily, about the happiness of his children and descendants? "Apres moi le deluge" is the selfish thought of bad men generally, when they cast a glance at the times which are to follow their decease. The fate of those whom they leave behind them troubles them but little. It would scarcely cause them a pang to know that their posterity would soon be "clean put out." When the number of his months is cut off in the midst; i.e. when his appointed time is come, and he knows that "the number of his months' is accomplished. For what pleasure hath he in his house after him,.... As, on the one hand, the prosperity of his children after his decease gives him no pleasure and delight, so, on the other hand, the calamities and distresses of his family for his sins and theirs give him no pain or uneasiness; he knows nothing that befalls them, and it is no part of his concern; and let what will befall them, he cares not for it; he feels it not, he is not sensible of it; and therefore to object that signifies nothing; see Job 14:21; or, "what business has he with his house after death?" the affairs (d) of his family do not at all concern him, one way or another; he is not affected with them; he can neither consider their happiness as a blessing nor their calamities as a punishment to him:

when the number of his months is cut off in the midst? the years, the months, and the days of the lives of men, are numbered and determined by the Lord, Job 14:5; which, when finished, the thread of life is cut off in the midst, from the rest of the months, which a man or his friends might have expected he would have lived; or rather, "when his number of the months is fully up" (e); when the calculation of them is complete, and the full number of them is perfected; the sense is, what cares a wicked man for what befalls his family after his death, when he has lived out the full term of life in great outward happiness and prosperity; has lived to be full of days, of months, and years, to a full age, even to an age that may be truly called old age?

(d) So Schultens. (e) "integro numero calculis ducti sunt", Cocceius; "cumulatam sortem habuerint", Schultens. 21. The argument of the friends, in proof of Job 21:20, What pleasure can he have from his house (children) when he is dead—("after him," Ec 3:22).

when the number, etc.—Or, rather, "What hath he to do with his children?" etc. (so the Hebrew in Ec 3:1; 8:6). It is therefore necessary that "his eyes should see his and their destruction" (see Job 14:21).

cut off—rather, when the number of his allotted months is fulfilled (Job 14:5). From an Arabic word, "arrow," which was used to draw lots with. Hence "arrow"—inevitable destiny [Umbreit].21:17-26 Job had described the prosperity of wicked people; in these verses he opposes this to what his friends had maintained about their certain ruin in this life. He reconciles this to the holiness and justice of God. Even while they prosper thus, they are light and worthless, of no account with God, or with wise men. In the height of their pomp and power, there is but a step between them and ruin. Job refers the difference Providence makes between one wicked man and another, into the wisdom of God. He is Judge of all the earth, and he will do right. So vast is the disproportion between time and eternity, that if hell be the lot of every sinner at last, it makes little difference if one goes singing thither, and another sighing. If one wicked man die in a palace, and another in a dungeon, the worm that dies not, and the fire that is not quenched, will be the same to them. Thus differences in this world are not worth perplexing ourselves about.
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