Job 21:24
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New International Version
well nourished in body, bones rich with marrow.

New Living Translation
the picture of good health, vigorous and fit.

English Standard Version
his pails full of milk and the marrow of his bones moist.

New American Standard Bible
His sides are filled out with fat, And the marrow of his bones is moist,

King James Bible
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His body is well fed, and his bones are full of marrow.

International Standard Version
His buckets are filled with milk, his bone marrow is healthy.

NET Bible
his body well nourished, and the marrow of his bones moist.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His stomach is full of milk, and his bones are strong and healthy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

King James 2000 Bible
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

American King James Version
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

American Standard Version
His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His bowels are full of fat, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

Darby Bible Translation
His sides are full of fat, and the marrow of his bones is moistened;

English Revised Version
His breasts are full of milk, and the marrow of his bones is moistened.

Webster's Bible Translation
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

World English Bible
His pails are full of milk. The marrow of his bones is moistened.

Young's Literal Translation
His breasts have been full of milk, And marrow his bones doth moisten.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - His breasts are full of milk; rather, his milk-pails, as in the margin. The main wealth of the time being cattle, the man whose milk-pails are always full is the prosperous man. And his bones are moistened with marrow. Being thus wealthy and prosperous, his body is fat and well nourished. Verse 24. - And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul. Others have to suffer terribly before death comes to them. Their whole life is wretched, and their spirit is embittered by their misfortunes. And never eateth with pleasure; rather, and never tasteth of good (see the Revised Version).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

His breasts are full of milk,.... As this is not literally true of men, some versions read the words otherwise; his bowels or intestines are full of fat, as the Vulgate Latin and Septuagint; and others, his sides or ribs are full of fat, as the Syriac and Arabic; the words for "side" and "fat" being near in sound to those here used; and so it describes a man fit and plump, and fleshy, when death lays hold upon him, and not wasted with consumptions and pining sickness, as in the case of some, Job 33:21; the word for breasts is observed by some (h) to signify, in the Arabic language, "vessels", in which liquors are contained, and in the Misnic language such as they put oil in, out of which oil is squeezed; and so are thought here to intend such vessels as are milked into; and therefore render it by milk pails; so Mr. Broughton, "his pails are full of milk" (i); which may denote the abundance of good things enjoyed by such persons, as rivers of honey and butter; contrary to Zophar's notion, Job 20:17; and a large increase of oil and wine, and all temporal worldly good; amidst the plenty of which such die:

and his bones are moistened with marrow; not dried up through a broken spirit, or with grief and trouble, and through the decays of old age; but, being full of marrow, are moist, and firm and strong; and so it intimates, that such, at the time when death seizes them, are of an hale, healthful, robust, and strong constitution; see Psalm 73:4.

(h) See Kimchi, Sepher Shorash. rad. and Jarchi and Ben Melech in loc. (i) "muletralia ejus", Montanus, Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Bolducius, Drusius, Cocceius, Schmidt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. breasts—rather, "skins," or "vessels" for fluids [Lee]. But [Umbreit] "stations or resting-places of his herds near water"; in opposition to Zophar (Job 20:17); the first clause refers to his abundant substance, the second to his vigorous health.

moistened—comparing man's body to a well-watered field (Pr 3:8; Isa 58:11).

Job 21:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
23"One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and satisfied; 24His sides are filled out with fat, And the marrow of his bones is moist, 25While another dies with a bitter soul, Never even tasting anything good.…
Cross References
Job 20:11
The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.

Job 21:25
Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good.

Proverbs 3:8
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Treasury of Scripture

His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

His breasts. or, His milk pails

Job 15:27 Because he covers his face with his fatness, and makes bulges of …

Psalm 17:10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

moistened

Proverbs 3:8 It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.

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