Job 24:21
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New International Version
They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow they show no kindness.

New Living Translation
They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.

English Standard Version
“They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow.

New American Standard Bible
"He wrongs the barren woman And does no good for the widow.

King James Bible
He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They prey on the childless woman who is unable to conceive, and do not deal kindly with the widow.

International Standard Version
"They prey on the barren woman, and do no favors for widows.

NET Bible
He preys on the barren and childless woman, and does not treat the widow well.

New Heart English Bible
He devours the barren who do not bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These men take advantage of childless women. These men show no kindness to widows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He devoureth the barren that beareth not; And doeth not good to the widow.

New American Standard 1977
“He wrongs the barren woman,
            And does no good for the widow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He afflicted the barren woman that did not conceive and never did good unto the widow.

King James 2000 Bible
He evil treats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow.

American King James Version
He evil entreats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow.

American Standard Version
He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he hath fed the barren that beareth not, and to the widow he hath done no good.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despoileth the barren that beareth not, and doeth not good to the widow:

English Revised Version
He devoureth the barren that beareth not; and doeth not good to the widow.

Webster's Bible Translation
He oppresseth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

World English Bible
He devours the barren who don't bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.

Young's Literal Translation
Treating evil the barren who beareth not, And to the widow he doth no good,
Study Bible
Job: Why are the Wicked Unpunished
20"A mother will forget him; The worm feeds sweetly till he is no longer remembered. And wickedness will be broken like a tree. 21"He wrongs the barren woman And does no good for the widow. 22"But He drags off the valiant by His power; He rises, but no one has assurance of life.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:6
Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.

Job 22:9
"You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.
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He evil entreats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow.

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Verse 21. - He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not. Oppressors of another class are perhaps here spoken of, or perhaps there is a mere return to the idea with which Job's enumeration opened (ver. 3), which was the oppression of the weaker and more defenceless classes. As barrenness in women was considered the greatest possible misfortune (1 Samuel 1:5-8; 1 Samuel 3:1-10), so oppressing one that was barren indicated extreme cruelty. And doeth not good to the widow; i.e. neglects to vindicate her cause - an admitted part of man's duty (see Job 22:9; Job 29:13; Job 31:16). He evil entreateth the barren, that beareth not,.... Here Job returns, to give some further account of the sins of some wicked men, who prosper in this world, and go through it with impunity; and speaks of such that use their wives ill because they are barren, upbraid them with it, and are churlish to them on account of it; or use them ill that they may be barren, and bear no children, having no pleasure in them, as not in vineyards, before, Job 24:18; and some interpret this of deflowering virgins, who never bore children, and of using methods to make them abortive, when with child; the word we translate "evil entreateth" sometimes signifies joining to, or being a companion of others, as in Proverbs 13:20; hence various senses are given; some, he joins himself to a barren woman, that he may have no children, being not desirous of any; others, he, joins himself to, and is a companion of harlots, who are commonly barren: and like the prodigal, spends his substance among them. Some interpreters take this verse and Job 24:22; as expressive of the punishment of wicked men: so Mr. Broughton renders the words, "he adjoineth the barren" (d), and gives the sense of them thus; God sends after him a barren wife, that he shall have no help by children; but, though a numerous offspring has been reckoned an outward happiness, and not to have any an infelicity, yet it has been the case of many good men and women to be childless; wherefore love and hatred are not known hereby: besides, such a sense is contrary to the scope and design of Job, which is to prove that wicked men often go unpunished in this life; wherefore, rather the meaning is, that a wicked man uses ill such, who having not only lost their husbands, but having been barren, and so childless, have none to take their part, and to protect and defend them from the abuses of such men; the Targum renders the word, "he breaketh", and so some understand it (e); he breaketh the barren, tears them to pieces, ruins and destroys them, as to their outward substance, because they have no children to help them; with which agrees what follows,

and doth not good to the widow; does not make her glad and cheerful, as Job did, who made the widow's heart to sing for joy, Job 29:13; does not relieve and assist her when in distress, either by counsel and advice, or by administering to her necessities; but, on the contrary, afflicts and oppresses her; takes her ox, or her raiment, for a pledge, and plunders her house, and devours the substance of it; for more is intended than is expressed.

(d) "consociat ei sterilem", Junius & Tremellius. (e) Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Piscator, Mercerus, Drusius. 21. The reason given by the friends why the sinner deserves such a fate.

barren—without sons, who might have protected her.

widow—without a husband to support her.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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