Job 31:3
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New International Version
Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?

New Living Translation
Isn't it calamity for the wicked and misfortune for those who do evil?

English Standard Version
Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity?

New American Standard Bible
"Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity?

King James Bible
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Doesn't disaster come to the unjust and misfortune to evildoers?

International Standard Version
if not calamity that is due the unjust, and misfortune that is due those who practice iniquity?

NET Bible
Is it not misfortune for the unjust, and disaster for those who work iniquity?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Aren't there catastrophes for wicked people and disasters for those who do wrong?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is there no destruction for the wicked? And banishment for the workers of iniquity?

King James 2000 Bible
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a disaster to the workers of iniquity?

American King James Version
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

American Standard Version
Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, And disaster to the workers of iniquity?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is not destruction to the wicked, and aversion to them that work iniquity?

Darby Bible Translation
Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity?

English Revised Version
Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

World English Bible
Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity?

Young's Literal Translation
Is not calamity to the perverse? And strangeness to workers of iniquity?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:1-8 Job did not speak the things here recorded by way of boasting, but in answer to the charge of hypocrisy. He understood the spiritual nature of God's commandments, as reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is best to let our actions speak for us; but in some cases we owe it to ourselves and to the cause of God, solemnly to protest our innocence of the crimes of which we are falsely accused. The lusts of the flesh, and the love of the world, are two fatal rocks on which multitudes split; against these Job protests he was always careful to stand upon his guard. And God takes more exact notice of us than we do of ourselves; let us therefore walk circumspectly. He carefully avoided all sinful means of getting wealth. He dreaded all forbidden profit as much as all forbidden pleasure. What we have in the world may be used with comfort, or lost with comfort, if honestly gotten. Without strict honestly and faithfulness in all our dealings, we can have no good evidence of true godliness. Yet how many professors are unable to abide this touchstone!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Is not destruction to the wicked? The inheritance of the wicked is "destruction" - ruin both of soul and body. This is what I should have to expect if I yielded myself to the bondage of lust and concupiscence. And a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? The rare word neker (גכר), translated here by "strange punishment," seems to mean "alienation from God" - being turned from God's friend into his enemy (comp. Buxtorf, 'Lexicon Hebraicum et Chaldaicum,' who explains גכר by "alienatio;" and the comment of Schultens on Job 31:3, "Necer, a Deo alienatio").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Is not destruction to the wicked?.... It is even to such wicked men, who live in the sin of fornication, and make it their business to ensnare and corrupt virgins; and which is another reason why Job was careful to avoid that sin; wickedness of every sort is the cause of destruction, destruction and misery are in the ways of wicked men, and their wicked ways lead unto it, and issue in it, even destruction of soul and body in hell, which is swift and sudden, and will be everlasting: this is laid up for wicked men among the treasures of God's wrath, and they are reserved that, and there is no way of deliverance from it but by Christ:

and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity; the iniquity of fornication and whoredom, Proverbs 30:20; who make it their business to commit it, and live in a continued course of uncleanness and other sins; a punishment, something strange, unusual, and uncommon, as the filthy venereal disease in this world, and everlasting burnings in another; or "alienation" (y), a state of estrangement and banishment from the presence of God and Christ, and from the society of the saints, to all eternity; see Matthew 25:46.

(y) "et abalienatio", Munster; "et alienatio", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Drusius, Schmidt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Answer to the question in Job 31:2.

strange—extraordinary.

Job 31:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Final Appeal
2"And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high? 3"Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity? 4"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?…
Cross References
Numbers 16:30
But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."

Job 18:12
Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.

Job 20:29
Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."

Job 21:17
"Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?

Job 21:30
that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity, that they are delivered from the day of wrath?

Job 31:23
For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

Job 34:22
There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.
Treasury of Scripture

Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

destruction

Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall …

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 73:18 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction.

Proverbs 1:27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as …

Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall …

Proverbs 21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to …

Matthew 7:13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known…

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence …

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

a strange

Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth …

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, …

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