Job 34:25
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New International Version
Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

New Living Translation
He knows what they do, and in the night he overturns and destroys them.

English Standard Version
Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore He knows their works, And He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.

King James Bible
Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, He recognizes their deeds and overthrows them by night, and they are crushed.

International Standard Version
Thus he acknowledges their behavior, and overcomes them; when night time comes, they are crushed.

NET Bible
Therefore, he knows their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He knows what they do, so he overthrows them at night, and they're crushed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, he shall cause their works to be notorious, when he shall overturn them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore he knows their works, and he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

American King James Version
Therefore he knows their works, and he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

American Standard Version
Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he knoweth their works : and therefore he shall bring night on them, and they shall be destroyed.

Darby Bible Translation
Since he knoweth their actions; and he overthroweth [them] in the night, and they are crushed.

English Revised Version
Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

World English Bible
Therefore he takes knowledge of their works. He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore He knoweth their works, And He hath overturned by night, And they are bruised.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:16-30 Elihu appeals directly to Job himself. Could he suppose that God was like those earthly princes, who hate right, who are unfit to rule, and prove the scourges of mankind? It is daring presumption to condemn God's proceedings, as Job had done by his discontents. Elihu suggests divers considerations to Job, to produce in him high thoughts of God, and so to persuade him to submit. Job had often wished to plead his cause before God. Elihu asks, To what purpose? All is well that God does, and will be found so. What can make those uneasy, whose souls dwell at ease in God? The smiles of all the world cannot quiet those on whom God frowns.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - Therefore (i.e. to that end or with that object in view) he knoweth (rather, taketh knowledge of) their works. As God governs the world, and governs it, to a large extent, by exalting some men and depressing others, he is bound to take strict account of their conduct, that he may exalt the worthy and depress the unworthy. And he overturneth them in the night (comp. ver. 20). So that they are destroyed; literally, crushed. God's judgments fall on men suddenly, either "in the night," or as "In the night, i.e. suddenly, unexpectedly, when they are quite unprepared; and fall on them with "crushing" force, with a might that is wholly irresistible,

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore he knoweth their works,.... Being God omniscient, or rather takes notice of them, weighs and considers them, and gives to man according to them; or rather makes them known, for of his omniscience Elihu had spoken before; he makes them known to themselves, fastens convictions of their evil ways and works on their consciences, and obliges them to confess them, as the instances of Cain, Pharaoh, and others, show; and he makes them known to others by the judgment he executes, as on the old world, Sodom and Gomorrah; and the works of all will be made manifest at the day of judgment;

and he overturneth them in the night; literally taken, as the firstborn of the Egyptians were slain in the night, Exodus 12:30; and Pharaoh and his host were drowned in the Red sea in the night, Exodus 15:4; and the Assyrian army were destroyed by an angel in one night, 2 Kings 19:35; and Belshazzar was killed in the night, and the Babylonian empire translated to the Medes and Persians at the same time, Daniel 5:30, or figuratively, that is, suddenly, at unawares, and by surprise, and as quickly and easily as the night is turned into day; and such a revolution is made, as when he turns the night into day, and discovers and makes known all their secret actions committed in the dark; or he turns the night of calamity upon them, and puts an end to their light of temporal happiness and prosperity; or turns the night of death and everlasting wrath and justice on them, the blackness of darkness upon them:

so that they are destroyed; both in a temporal sense, on every side, with an utter destruction; and in a spiritual sense, with an everlasting one.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. Therefore—because He knows all things (Job 34:21). He knows their works, without a formal investigation (Job 34:24).

in the night—suddenly, unexpectedly (Job 34:20). Fitly in the night, as it was in it that the godless hid themselves (Job 34:22). Umbreit, less simply, for "overturneth," translates, "walketh"; that is, God is ever on the alert, discovering all wickedness.

Job 34:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
24"He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place. 25"Therefore He knows their works, And He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed. 26"He strikes them like the wicked In a public place,…
Cross References
Job 34:11
He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves.

Job 34:20
They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.

Job 36:20
Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.

Job 38:13
that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

Proverbs 12:7
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore he knows their works, and he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

he knoweth

Psalm 33:15 He fashions their hearts alike; he considers all their works.

Isaiah 66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I …

Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: …

Amos 8:7 The LORD has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never …

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

in the

Job 34:20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, …

Songs 3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword …

Isaiah 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, …

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

destroyed. Heb. crushed

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