Job 36:11
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New International Version
If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

New Living Translation
"If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.

English Standard Version
If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness.

New American Standard Bible
"If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.

King James Bible
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If they serve Him obediently, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in happiness.

International Standard Version
If they listen and serve him, they'll finish their lives in prosperity and their years will be pleasant.

NET Bible
If they obey and serve him, they live out their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If righteous people listen and serve [him], they will live out their days in prosperity and their years in comfort.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If they hearken and serve him, they shall spend their days in goodness and their years in delight.

King James 2000 Bible
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

American King James Version
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

American Standard Version
If they hearken and serve him , They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If they shall hear and observe, they shall accomplish their days in good, and their years in glory.

Darby Bible Translation
If they hearken and serve [him], they shall accomplish their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

English Revised Version
If they hearken and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Webster's Bible Translation
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

World English Bible
If they listen and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Young's Literal Translation
If they do hear and serve, They complete their days in good, And their years in pleasantness.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

36:5-14 Elihu here shows that God acts as righteous Governor. He is always ready to defend those that are injured. If our eye is ever toward God in duty, his eye will be ever upon us in mercy, and, when we are at the lowest, will not overlook us. God intends, when he afflicts us, to discover past sins to us, and to bring them to our remembrance. Also, to dispose our hearts to be taught: affliction makes people willing to learn, through the grace of God working with and by it. And further, to deter us from sinning for the future. It is a command, to have no more to do with sin. If we faithfully serve God, we have the promise of the life that now is, and the comforts of it, as far as is for God's glory and our good: and who would desire them any further? We have the possession of inward pleasures, the great peace which those have that love God's law. If the affliction fail in its work, let men expect the furnace to be heated till they are consumed. Those that die without knowledge, die without grace, and are undone for ever. See the nature of hypocrisy; it lies in the heart: that is for the world and the flesh, while perhaps the outside seems to be for God and religion. Whether sinners die in youth, or live long to heap up wrath, their case is dreadful. The souls of the wicked live after death, but it is in everlasting misery.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures (comp. Job 12:13-19; Jeremiah 7:23; Jeremiah 26:13). Under the old covenant, prosperity was promised to the righteous, and even to the repentant, frequently, and in the most definite terms. Under the new, when any such promise is made, it is carefully guarded (Mark 10:30); while in many passages the promise is of an opposite character - the righteous are told to expect tribulations and persecutions (John 16:33; Acts 14:22; 2 Timothy 3:12: Hebrews 12:1-11; 1 Peter 4:12, 13, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If they obey and serve him,.... That is, God, to whom so many things are ascribed in the preceding verses; and who only is to be obeyed and served in a religious way, with the obedience of faith and love, in all his commands and ordinances. But here not so much obedience to his word, his law or Gospel, as to his rod is intended: "if they hear", &c. (q); hear the rod and him that has appointed it; hearken to his reproving, instructing, and commanding voice, in affliction; to his calls, cautions, and admonitions thereby given; and act according to them; humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and return from iniquity:

they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures; which intimates, that those to whom afflictions are sanctified, and they obedient under them, when recovered out of them shall enjoy long life; not only live many days, but years, and those in great prosperity and pleasure; be blessed with much temporal prosperity, which lies in riches and wealth, as this word is rendered in Job 21:13; and in bodily health, which is a considerable part of outward prosperity; but more especially prosperity of soul may be intended, see 3 John 1:2; which is enjoyed when a man is favoured with the discoveries of the love of God to him; with applications of pardoning grace and mercy; when grace is in lively exercise in him, and he has a spiritual appetite for the good word of God, and is fruitful in every good work: and so pleasures do not so much design corporeal pleasures, though ever so innocent and lawful; for though they may at proper times be indulged unto, yet a man's days and years are not to be spent in them; but rather spiritual pleasures, which are had in views of the wonderful love of God in Christ; in the enjoyment of the gracious presence of God, and communion with him; and which the people of God are favoured with, in his house and ordinances, ways and worship: and when those years are gone, endless pleasures at God's right hand, and in his presence, will follow.

(q) "si audierint et fecerint", Codurcus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. serve—that is, worship; as in Isa 19:23. God is to be supplied (compare Isa 1:19, 20).

Job 36:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
10"He opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they return from evil. 11"If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures. 12"But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword And they will die without knowledge.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Job 21:13
They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.

Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 149:4
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
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