Job 22:8
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New International Version
though you were a powerful man, owning land-- an honored man, living on it.

New Living Translation
You probably think the land belongs to the powerful and only the privileged have a right to it!

English Standard Version
The man with power possessed the land, and the favored man lived in it.

New American Standard Bible
"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.

King James Bible
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
while the land belonged to a powerful man and an influential man lived on it.

International Standard Version
The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged thrive in it.

NET Bible
Although you were a powerful man, owning land, an honored man living on it,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A strong person owns the land. A privileged person lives in it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the man of means had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.

King James 2000 Bible
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honorable man dwelt in it.

American King James Version
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honorable man dwelled in it.

American Standard Version
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honorable man, he dwelt in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the strength of thy arm thou didst possess the land, and being the most mighty thou holdest it.

Darby Bible Translation
But the powerful man, he had the land; and the man of high rank dwelt in it.

English Revised Version
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man, he dwelt in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honorable man dwelt in it.

World English Bible
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth. The honorable man, he lived in it.

Young's Literal Translation
As to the man of arm -- he hath the earth, And the accepted of face -- he dwelleth in it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:5-14 Eliphaz brought heavy charges against Job, without reason for his accusations, except that Job was visited as he supposed God always visited every wicked man. He charges him with oppression, and that he did harm with his wealth and power in the time of his prosperity.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; literally, as for the man of arm; i.e. the man strong of arm. Job's retainers are probably meant, whom Eliphaz supposes to have been allowed by Job to oppress the poor, and have their own way in the world. This charge was doubtless as baseless as the others (comp. Job 29:16, 17). And the honourable man dwelt in it; of the accepted man - "the favoured man," i.e. those of whom Job approved and whom he favoured.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But as for the mighty man, he had the earth,.... A large share and portion of it, which Job could not hinder him from the enjoyment of, because mightier than he, or otherwise he would have done it; or Job was content he should have what he had, and gave him more than what of right belonged to him; for when any cause came before him as a judge, or civil magistrate, between a rich man, and a poorer man, relating to a field, or piece of land he always gave the cause to the rich and mighty and so he had the land, as is suggested:

and the honourable man dwelt in it; peaceably, quietly, and undisturbed, though he had no just title to it; or "the man accepted of face" or "countenance" (q), who was respected because of his outward circumstances, wealth and riches, power and authority; and so Job is tacitly charged with being a respecter of persons in judgment, which was not good; and in general these phrases denote partiality in him, that he was favourable to the mighty and powerful, and unkind and cruel to the poor and needy. Some (r) understand all this of Job himself, that because he was the mighty man, or "man of arms" (s), he made use of his power and might, and stretched out his arm, and grasped and got into his possession, by force and violence, the houses, and lands, and estates of others, and became the greatest man in all the east, and the earth in a manner was his alone; and because he was respected for his greatness and riches, he was confirmed therein, and dwelt securely: or rather, taking the words in this sense, they may be considered as an aggravation of Job's sins, both before and after charged upon him; as that when he was the mighty and honourable man, and though he was such, and had it in the power of his hands to do a great deal of good to the poor and needy; yet took a pledge from his indigent brother, stripped those that were almost naked of their clothing, and would not give a poor weary traveller a cup of water, nor a morsel of bread to an hungry man; yea, abused his power and authority which he had, to the oppression of the widow and fatherless, as in Job 22:9.

(q) "acceptus faciebus", Montanus; "vel facie", Vatablus, Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Drusius, Mercerus. (r) Jarchi, Ramban, Bar Tzemach, Sephorno. (s) "viro brachii", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Vatablus, Drusius, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. mighty—Hebrew, "man of arm" (Ps 10:15; namely, Job).

honourable—Hebrew, "eminent, or, accepted for countenance" (Isa 3:3; 2Ki 5:1); that is, possessing authority. Eliphaz repeats his charge (Job 15:28; so Zophar, Job 20:19), that it was by violence Job wrung houses and lands from the poor, to whom now he refused relief (Job 22:7, 9) [Michaelis].

Job 22:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job
7"To the weary you have given no water to drink, And from the hungry you have withheld bread. 8"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it. 9"You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.…
Cross References
Job 9:24
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

Job 12:19
He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.

Isaiah 3:3
the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

Isaiah 9:15
the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
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mighty man. Heb. man of arm. honourable. Heb. eminent, or, accepted for countenance

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