Job 34:30
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New International Version
to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.

New Living Translation
He prevents the godless from ruling so they cannot be a snare to the people.

English Standard Version
that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.

New American Standard Bible
So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people.

King James Bible
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that godless men should not rule or ensnare the people.

International Standard Version
to keep the godless man from reigning or laying a snare for the people."

NET Bible
so that the godless man should not rule, and not lay snares for the people.

New Heart English Bible
that the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[He does this] so that godless people cannot rule and so that they cannot trap people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

New American Standard 1977
So that godless men should not rule,
            Nor be snares of the people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the hypocrite not reign, lest the people be ensnared.

King James 2000 Bible
That the hypocrite reigns not, lest the people be ensnared.

American King James Version
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

American Standard Version
That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who maketh a man that is a hypocrite to reign for the sins of the people?

Darby Bible Translation
That the ungodly man reign not, that the people be not ensnared.

English Revised Version
That the godless man reign not, that there be none to ensnare the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
That the hypocrite may not reign, lest the people should be ensnared.

World English Bible
that the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.

Young's Literal Translation
From the reigning of a profane man, From the snares of a people;
Study Bible
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
29When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man?-- 30So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people. 31"For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore;…
Cross References
Job 5:15
"But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.

Job 20:5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?

Job 34:17
"Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,

Job 34:29
When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man?--

Job 34:31
"For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore;

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
Treasury of Scripture

That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

Job 34:21 For his eyes are on the ways of man, and he sees all his goings.

1 Kings 12:28-30 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and …

2 Kings 21:9 But they listened not…

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly …

Hosea 13:11 I gave you a king in my anger, and took him away in my wrath.

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

2 Thessalonians 2:4-11 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that …

Revelation 13:3,4,11-14 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly …

(30) That the hypocrite reign not.--Rather, (whether God is provoked), on account of an ungodly man reigning, or by the snares of a whole people: i.e., the corruption of a nation, e.g., Sodom, &c.

Verse 30. - That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared; rather, that an ungodly man reign not, that a people be not a snare. (So Schultens, Professor Lee, and others.) The passage is obscure from its brevity; but this seems to be the best sense. God withdraws his favour from an ungodly king or from a wicked nation, that the king may cease to injure men by his rule, and the nation cease to be a snare to its neighbours. That the hypocrite reign not,.... These words seem to be connected with Job 34:24, "he breaketh in pieces mighty men", &c. the whole of Job 34:29 being read in a parenthesis; or with the phrase "he hideth his face"; as God is said to be in the destruction of mighty wicked men, who oppress the poor, and cause their cry to come to God, to prevent the reign of an hypocrite, or however to shorten it. By "an hypocrite" is not meant a common hypocrite in religion, but an hypocrite in politics; who pretends to great humanity and goodness, to a tender care of the people, and a preservation of them in their rights and liberties, and promises to support and establish the constitution, and observe the laws of the nation, with a show of zeal for the religion professed in it. But when he has ascended the throne, and got the power into his hands, he throws off the mask and becomes a tyrant; and men of such a temper, either God does not suffer to ascend the throne, but if they do get on it through artifice and deceit, he suffers them not to continue, but deposes them, and cuts their reign short: and this he does

lest the people be ensnared; be brought into bondage, and lose their rights, privileges, and liberties; or lest they be drawn into sin by their precepts or examples. Some take the sense of the words to be, that God suffers not such to reign, but when he does it is because of the offences or sins of the people; he gives them such kings in his wrath, to punish them for their iniquities. 30. Ensnared—into sin (1Ki 12:28, 30). Or rather, "enthralled by further oppression," Job 34:26-28.34:16-30 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.
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