Job 29:17
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New International Version
I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.

New Living Translation
I broke the jaws of godless oppressors and plucked their victims from their teeth.

English Standard Version
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.

New American Standard Bible
"I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth.

King James Bible
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I shattered the fangs of the unjust and snatched the prey from his teeth.

International Standard Version
I broke the fangs of the wicked, and made him drop the prey."

NET Bible
I broke the fangs of the wicked, and made him drop his prey from his teeth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I broke the teeth of the wicked person and made him drop the prey out of his mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I broke the fangs of the wicked and caused their teeth to release the prey.

King James 2000 Bible
And I broke the fangs of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

American King James Version
And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

American Standard Version
And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, And plucked the prey out of his teeth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I broke the jaws of the wicked man, and out of his teeth I took away the prey.

Darby Bible Translation
And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

English Revised Version
And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

World English Bible
I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.

Young's Literal Translation
And I break the jaw-teeth of the perverse, And from his teeth I cast away prey.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:7-17 All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - And I brake the jaws of the wicked (comp. Psalm 58:6). It is scarcely meant, as Canon Cook supposes, that Job was himself the executioner. "Quod facit per allure facit per so." Job would regard as Age doing what he ordered to be done. And plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Either by disappointing him of a prey which he was on the verge of making ms own, or by compelling him to make restitution of a prey that he had actually laid hold of.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I brake the jaws of the wicked,.... Their jaw teeth, or grinders, alluding to beasts of prey, who have such teeth, very large; the meaning may be, that Job confuted the arguments which wicked men made use of in their own defence, and against the poor, exposed the weakness of them, and made them ineffectual to answer their purposes; disabled tyrants and cruel oppressors from doing any further hurt and damage to the fatherless and helpless; was an instrument in the hand of God of breaking the power, and weakening the hands of such persons, and hindering them from doing the mischief they otherwise would; see Proverbs 30:14;

and plucked the spoil out of his teeth; as David took the lamb out of the mouth of the bear and lion that came into his father's flock, and carried it off: thus Job delivered the poor out of the hands of such monsters in nature, comparable to beasts of prey, and saved them from being utterly ruined by them, and obliged them to restore unto them what they had in an unrighteous manner taken from them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Image from combating with wild beasts (Job 4:11; Ps 3:7). So compassionate was Job to the oppressed, so terrible to the oppressor!

jaws—Job broke his power, so that he could do no more hurt, and tore from him the spoil, which he had torn from others.

Job 29:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Former Blessings
16"I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know. 17"I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth. 18"Then I thought, 'I shall die in my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the sand.…
Cross References
Job 4:11
The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

Job 5:15
He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.

Job 29:18
"I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.

Psalm 3:7
Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

Proverbs 30:14
those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.
Treasury of Scripture

And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

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Psalm 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for you have smitten all my enemies …

Psalm 58:8 As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: like the …

Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth …

jaws. Heb. jaw teeth, or grinders. and plucked. Heb. and cast

1 Samuel 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of …

Psalm 124:3,6 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us…

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