Job 36:12
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New International Version
But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

New Living Translation
But if they refuse to listen to him, they will be killed by the sword and die from lack of understanding.

English Standard Version
But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
"But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword And they will die without knowledge.

King James Bible
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if they do not obey, they will cross the river of death and die without knowledge.

International Standard Version
"But if they won't listen, they'll perish by the sword and die in their ignorance.

NET Bible
But if they refuse to listen, they pass over the river of death, and expire without knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
But if they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword; they shall die without knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if they don't listen, they will cross the River [of Death] and die like those who have no knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
“But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword,
            And they shall die without knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if they do not hearken, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

King James 2000 Bible
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

American King James Version
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

American Standard Version
But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if they hear not, they shall pass by the sword, and shall be consumed in folly.

Darby Bible Translation
But if they hearken not, they shall pass away by the sword, and expire without knowledge.

English Revised Version
But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

World English Bible
But if they don't listen, they shall perish by the sword; they shall die without knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
And if they do not hearken, By the dart they pass away, And expire without knowledge.
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
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. 13"But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.…
Cross References
Job 4:21
'Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.'

Job 15:22
"He does not believe that he will return from darkness, And he is destined for the sword.

Job 36:13
"But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.

Proverbs 5:23
He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
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But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

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Deuteronomy 29:15-20 But with him that stands here with us this day before the LORD our …

Isaiah 1:20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: …

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

Romans 2:8,9 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

perish. Heb. pass away. die

Job 4:21 Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even …

John 8:21-24 Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, …

Verse 12. - But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword. Not, necessarily, by a material sword, but by the sword of God's vengeance, which slays in a thousand different manners, piercing through all obstacles, and reaching to the heart and spirit. And they shall die without knowledge. Either without knowing that they are about to die, or in their wilful ignorance of God's intentions in chastising them. But if they obey not,.... Who seem to be righteous and are not; and when afflicted are not submissive to the will of God; attend not to the voice of his providence; receive no instruction thereby; but kick against the pricks, and rebel, against God; complain of him, and murmur at his dealings with them:

they shall perish by the sword; or they shall pass away out of the world by it, or by some missive weapon: they shall die a violent death, by the sword of justice, of the civil magistrate, or by the sword of men; or, as a Jewish commentator (r) paraphrases it, by the dart of death, by the sword of Satan, they shall pass out of this world;

and they shall die without knowledge; without knowledge of their death being near, it coming upon them suddenly and at unawares; or without knowledge of themselves and of their miserable and lost estate; and without knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ, and of the way of salvation by him. Or they shall perish for lack of knowledge; because they have none; through ignorance and that affected; they know not nor will they understand, but despise the means of knowledge, and hate instruction.

(r) R. Simeon, Bar Tzemach. 12. (Job 33:18).

without knowledge—that is, on account of their foolishness (Job 4:20, 21).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.
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