Job 33:18
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New International Version
to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.

New Living Translation
He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.

English Standard Version
he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.

New American Standard Bible
He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.

King James Bible
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Christian Standard Bible
God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river of death.

Contemporary English Version
and to protect us from being swept away to the world of the dead.

Good News Translation
He will not let them be destroyed; he saves them from death itself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river of death.

International Standard Version
sparing his soul from the Pit and his life from violent death.

NET Bible
He spares a person's life from corruption, his very life from crossing over the river.

New Heart English Bible
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He keeps their souls from the pit and their lives from crossing the River [of Death].

JPS Tanakh 1917
That He may keep back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.

New American Standard 1977
He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus he keeps back his soul from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword.

King James 2000 Bible
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

American King James Version
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

American Standard Version
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Rescuing his soul from corruption : and his life from passing to the sword.

Darby Bible Translation
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing away by the sword.

English Revised Version
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Webster's Bible Translation
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

World English Bible
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Young's Literal Translation
He keepeth back his soul from corruption, And his life from passing away by a dart.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
17That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride; 18He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol. 19"Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones;…
Cross References
Job 15:22
"He does not believe that he will return from darkness, And he is destined for the sword.

Job 33:17
That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride;

Job 33:22
"Then his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to those who bring death.

Job 33:24
Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom';

Job 33:30
To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
Treasury of Scripture

He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

keepeth

Acts 16:27-33 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

2 Peter 3:9,15 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

perishing. Heb. passing

Verse 18. - He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. By these interpositions God may even save a man from utter ruin, when, but for them, he would have rushed upon it. He may cause a person -to give up designs or enterprises which would have brought him into danger, and perhaps led to his being slain with the sword. He keepeth back his soul from the pit,.... Or, "that he may keep back" (n); for this is another end and use of God's speaking unto men; it is to preserve them for the present from going down to the grave, the pit of corruption and destruction; so called because the bodies of men, being there laid, corrupt, and are entirely destroyed by worms, and turn to rottenness and dust; and to preserve them from the bottomless pit of everlasting ruin and destruction; for the Lord's people are reproved by him, that they may not be condemned with the world, 1 Corinthians 11:32;

and his life from perishing by the sword; by the sword of men, which is one of God's sore judgments; or by the sword of the civil magistrate, the man spoken to being warned of God of committing these sins, which would bring him into the hands of such; or by the sword of divine justice; Jarchi interprets it of the sword of the angel of death; the word signifies a missive weapon, as a dart; so Mr. Broughton renders the words, "and his life from going on the dart": or, as another version has it, "lest it should go on under the cast of darts" (o); the darts of an enemy in war, or the fiery darts of Satan, Ephesians 6:16.

(n) "ut prohibeat", Mercerus, Piscator. (o) Tigurine version. 18. his soul—his life.

the pit—the grave; a symbol of hell.

perishing by the sword—that is, a violent death; in the Old Testament a symbol of the future punishment of the ungodly.33:14-18 God speaks to us by conscience, by providences, and by ministers; of all these Elihu discourses. There was not then, that we know of, any Divine revelation in writing, though now it is our principal guide. When God designs men's good, by the convictions and dictates of their own consciences, he opens the heart, as Lydia's, and opens the ears, so that conviction finds or forces its way in. The end and design of these admonitions are to keep men from sin, particularly the sin of pride. While sinners are pursuing evil purposes, and indulging their pride, their souls are hastening to destruction. That which turns men from sin, saves them from hell. What a mercy it is to be under the restraints of an awakened conscience!
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