Job 24:18
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New International Version
"Yet they are foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one goes to the vineyards.

New Living Translation
"But they disappear like foam down a river. Everything they own is cursed, and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards.

English Standard Version
“You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the land; no treader turns toward their vineyards.

New American Standard Bible
"They are insignificant on the surface of the water; Their portion is cursed on the earth. They do not turn toward the vineyards.

King James Bible
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They float on the surface of the water. Their section of the land is cursed, so that they never go to their vineyards.

International Standard Version
"They remain only a short time on the water's surface; their inheritance will be cursed in the land; no one will work in their vineyards.

NET Bible
"You say, 'He is foam on the face of the waters; their portion of the land is cursed so that no one goes to their vineyard.

New Heart English Bible
"They are foam on the surface of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the earth. They do not turn into the way of the vineyards.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Such people are like scum on the surface of the water. Their property is cursed in the land. People do not travel the road that goes to their vineyards.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is swift upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth; He turneth not by the way of the vineyards.

New American Standard 1977
“They are insignificant on the surface of the water;
            Their portion is cursed on the earth.
            They do not turn toward the vineyards.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are swift upon the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth; they never come by the way of the vineyards.

King James 2000 Bible
They are swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: no one turns into the way of the vineyards.

American King James Version
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholds not the way of the vineyards.

American Standard Version
Swiftly they pass away upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He is light upon the face of the water: cursed be his portion on the earth, let him not walk by the way of the vineyards.

Darby Bible Translation
He is swift on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed on the earth: he turneth not unto the way of the vineyards.

English Revised Version
He is swift upon the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he turneth not by the way of the vineyards.

Webster's Bible Translation
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

World English Bible
"They are foam on the surface of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the earth. They don't turn into the way of the vineyards.

Young's Literal Translation
Light he is on the face of the waters, Vilified is their portion in the earth, He turneth not the way of vineyards.
Study Bible
Job: Why are the Wicked Unpunished
17"For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness, For he is familiar with the terrors of thick darkness. 18"They are insignificant on the surface of the water; Their portion is cursed on the earth. They do not turn toward the vineyards. 19"Drought and heat consume the snow waters, So does Sheol those who have sinned.…
Cross References
Job 5:3
"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.

Job 22:11
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.

Job 22:16
Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?

Job 24:6
"They harvest their fodder in the field And glean the vineyard of the wicked.

Job 24:11
"Within the walls they produce oil; They tread wine presses but thirst.

Job 27:20
"Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.
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(18) He is swift.--That is--each of these rebels against the light is swift to make his escape over the face of the waters. So we ought to read it, and not, with Authorised Version, as a comparison.

Their portion is cursed in the earth.--That is, men so regard it; it has an evil name, and is of bad repute.

He beholdeth not.--Rather, he--that is, each of them--turneth not the way of the vineyards, which is frequented and cultivated, but chooseth rather lone, desolate, solitary, and rugged paths.

Verse 18. - He is swift as the waters. "Locus obscurissimus" (Schulteus). Scarcely any two commentators agree even as to the subject on which Job proceeds to speak. Some regard him as giving his own judgment on the ultimate fate of the wicked; others, as anticipating what his opponents will say on the point. One recent expositor takes the passage as referring to the efforts made by the malefactors of vers. 14-16 to escape from justice, and to the discredit and difficulty in which they involve themselves. Another suggests that Job here calls attention to a fresh class of oppressors, viz. water-thieves (see Strabo, 16:18), who, starting in light boats from some island in a lake or river, plundered the neighbouring lands, making the portions of the landholders worthless, and causing them to neglect the cultivation, even of their vineyards. If we accept this view, the proper translation of the present verse will be, Swift is he (i.e. the water-thief) upon the face of the waters: then is the portion of them who dwell in the land worthless; no one turneth his face toward his vine. yards (see Professor Lee's 'Book of Job,' pp. 153, 378, 379). He is swift as the waters,.... Or "upon the face of the waters" (y); which some interpret of another set and sort of wicked men, guilty of like crimes, not on land, but upon the mighty waters; pirates, such that commit robberies upon the high seas; who generally choose the swiftest vessels to run from place to place for their prey, and to carry off their booty when pursued; whose manner of life is detestable to other persons; and especially they are cursed by those on land, who suffer by robbing the ships of their goods they send abroad; but these men best like such a manner of life, and prefer it to any thing by land, to agriculture or cultivation of vineyards, which they have no regard unto, as is supposed to be intimated by the following clauses; but it is greatly to be questioned whether there were any such persons, or that such practices obtained so early as the time of Job. Schultens thinks Sodomites are meant, who are most profuse to lust, and flow in it like water, plough the accursed field, by going after strange flesh, and have no regard to lawful marriage, or honest wives, comparable to vines and vineyards; but I should rather think those guilty of the sin of Onan are meant, who have no regard to the propagation of posterity. Others, as Ben Gersom are of opinion that this refers to the above persons, murderers, adulterers, and thieves, Job 24:14; who, being conscious of their crimes and due deserts, and in danger of being taken up, and brought to just punishment, flee to the sea with all the haste they can, take shipping, and go abroad into foreign parts; where they dwell in desolate and uncultivated places of the earth, which are cursed, or nigh unto cursing, and never more see pleasant fields, gardens, orchards, and vineyards: though others suppose that these words describe the temper and disposition of such wicked persons, who are unstable as water, carried about as any light thing upon the water with every wind of temptation, run swiftly into evil, and make haste to commit sin; though it seems best of all to interpret the words as respecting the state of wicked men at death, who then pass away swiftly and suddenly as gliding waters, and are "lighter" or swifter "than the waters", as Mr. Broughton renders the words:

their portion is cursed in the earth; that part and portion of the good things of this world they have is with a curse; their very blessings are cursed, and what they leave behind has a curse entailed on it, and in process of time is blasted, and comes to nothing; for, the curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked, Proverbs 3:33;

he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards; as in their lifetime they had no regard to the way of good and righteous men, of whom Jarchi in a mystical sense, interprets the vineyards; so at death they are taken away from all their worldly enjoyments they set their hearts upon; their places know them no more, and they no more see their fields, and vineyards, and oliveyards, and take no more walks unto them nor in them.

(y) "super faciem aquarum", Mercerus, Bolducius, Beza, Drusius, Schultens. 18-21. In these verses Job quotes the opinions of his adversaries ironically; he quoted them so before (Job 21:7-21). In Job 24:22-24, he states his own observation as the opposite. You say, "The sinner is swift, that is, swiftly passes away (as a thing floating) on the surface of the waters" (Ec 11:1; Ho 10:7).

is cursed—by those who witness their "swift" destruction.

beholdeth not—"turneth not to"; figuratively, for He cannot enjoy his pleasant possessions (Job 20:17; 15:33).

the way of the vineyards—including his fields, fertile as vineyards; opposite to "the way of the desert."24:18-25 Sometimes how gradual is the decay, how quiet the departure of a wicked person, how is he honoured, and how soon are all his cruelties and oppressions forgotten! They are taken off with other men, as the harvestman gathers the ears of corn as they come to hand. There will often appear much to resemble the wrong view of Providence Job takes in this chapter. But we are taught by the word of inspiration, that these notions are formed in ignorance, from partial views. The providence of God, in the affairs of men, is in every thing a just and wise providence. Let us apply this whenever the Lord may try us. He cannot do wrong. The unequalled sorrows of the Son of God when on earth, unless looked at in this view, perplex the mind. But when we behold him, as the sinner's Surety, bearing the curse, we can explain why he should endure that wrath which was due to sin, that Divine justice might be satisfied, and his people saved.
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