Job 27:8
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New International Version
For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?

New Living Translation
For what hope do the godless have when God cuts them off and takes away their life?

English Standard Version
For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?

New American Standard Bible
"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?

King James Bible
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what hope does the godless man have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?

International Standard Version
For where is the hope of the godless when he is eliminated; when God takes away his life?

NET Bible
For what hope does the godless have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?

New Heart English Bible
For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, what hope does the godless person have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, When God taketh away his soul?

New American Standard 1977
“For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,
            When God requires his life?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has stolen much, when God takes away his soul?

King James 2000 Bible
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?

American King James Version
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?

American Standard Version
For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, When God taketh away his soul?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is the hope of the hypocrite if through covetousness he take by violence, and God deliver not his soul?

Darby Bible Translation
For what is the hope of the ungodly, when [God] cutteth him off, when +God taketh away his soul?

English Revised Version
For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, when God taketh away his soul?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

World English Bible
For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?

Young's Literal Translation
For what is the hope of the profane, When He doth cut off? When God doth cast off his soul?
Study Bible
The State of the Godless
7"May my enemy be as the wicked And my opponent as the unjust. 8"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life? 9"Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him?…
Cross References
Luke 12:20
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?'

John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

Deuteronomy 1:45
"Then you returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.

Job 8:13
"So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish,

Job 11:20
"But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last."

Job 12:10
In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

Job 27:7
"May my enemy be as the wicked And my opponent as the unjust.
Treasury of Scripture

For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?

Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, …

Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall …

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Job 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the …

Isaiah 33:14,15 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

Mark 8:36,37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, …

Luke 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose …

Luke 12:20,21 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

James 5:1-3 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

(8) What is the hope?--Better, What is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, when God taketh away his soul?

Verse 8. - For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained. The hypocrite and liar may get advantage in this life by his lies and his hypocrisy. He may deceive men; he may raise himself in their opinion; he may derive worldly advantage from having secured their approval But what will he have to look forward rein the end, when God taketh away (i.e. removeth from earth) his soul? Job evidently regards the soul that is "taken away" or removed from earth as still existing, still conscious, still capable of hope or of despair, and asks what hope of a happy future could the man who had lived a hypocrite entertain, when God required his soul, and he felt under God's judgment. The question reminds us of those words of our blessed Lord "What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36, 37). For what is the hope of the hypocrite,.... In religion, who seems to be what he is not, a holy and righteous man; professes to have what he has not, the grace of God; pretends to do what he does not, worship God sincerely and fervently, and does all he does to be seen of men; though such a man may have an hope, as he has, of an interest in the divine layout, and of eternal glory and happiness, what will it signify? what avail will it be unto him? what will it issue in? Job was of the same mind in this with Bildad and Zophar, that such a man's hope is as the spider's web, and as the giving up of the ghost, Job 8:14; however he may please himself with it in this life, it will be of no service to him at death; for it is not like that of the true believer's, that is sure and steadfast, and founded upon the perfect righteousness and sacrifice of Christ; but upon his outward substance, fancying, that because God prospers him in this world, he is highly in his favour, and shall enjoy the happiness of the world to come; and upon his external profession of religion, and found of duties performed by him, but he will find himself mistaken: though he hath gained; great wealth and riches under a guise of religion, and by that means making gain of godliness, and taking the one for the other; so the Targum,

"because he hath gathered the mammon of falsehood;''

and also has great gifts, and a great deal of head knowledge, being able to talk of and dispute about most points of religion, and so has gained a great name among men both for knowledge and holiness, and yet all will not stand him in any stead, or be of any advantage to him:

when God taketh away his soul? out of his body by death, as a sword is drawn out of its scabbard, and which is as easily done by him; or as a shoe is plucked off from the foot, as Aben Ezra, and what he has a right to do, and will do it: and this taking it away seems to be in a violent manner, though not by what is called a violent death, yet against the will of the person; a good man is willing to die, is desirous of it, and gives up the ghost cheerfully; but an hypocrite is not willing to die, being afraid of death, and therefore his life or soul is taken from him without his consent and will, and not in love but in wrath, as the latter part of this chapter shows. Now Job had an hope which bore him up under all his troubles, and which he retained in the most killing and distressed circumstances, and which continued with him, and supported him in the views of death and eternity, so that he could look upon death, and into another world, with pleasure, and therefore could be no hypocrite, see Job 13:15. 8. "What hope hath the hypocrite, notwithstanding all his gains, when?" etc. "Gained" is antithetic to "taketh away." Umbreit's translation is an unmeaning tautology. "When God cuts off, when He taketh away his life."

taketh away—literally, "draws out" the soul from the body, which is, as it were, its scabbard (Job 4:21; Ps 104:29; Da 7:15). Job says that he admits what Bildad said (Job 8:13) and Zophar (Job 20:5). But he says the very fact of his still calling upon God (Job 27:10) amid all his trials, which a hypocrite would not dare to do, shows he is no "hypocrite."27:7-10 Job looked upon the condition of a hypocrite and a wicked man, to be most miserable. If they gained through life by their profession, and kept up their presumptuous hope till death, what would that avail when God required their souls? The more comfort we find in our religion, the more closely we shall cleave to it. Those who have no delight in God, are easily drawn away by the pleasures, and easily overcome by the crosses of this life.
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