Job 36:8
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New International Version
But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,

New Living Translation
If they are bound in chains and caught up in a web of trouble,

English Standard Version
And if they are bound in chains and caught in the cords of affliction,

New American Standard Bible
"And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction,

King James Bible
And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If people are bound with chains and trapped by the cords of affliction,

International Standard Version
"If they're bound in chains, caught in ropes of affliction,

NET Bible
But if they are bound in chains, and held captive by the cords of affliction,

New Heart English Bible
If they are bound in fetters, and are taken in the cords of afflictions,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, if righteous people are bound in chains and tangled in ropes of misery,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if they be bound in fetters, And be holden in cords of affliction;

New American Standard 1977
“And if they are bound in fetters,
            And are caught in the cords of affliction,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if they were bound in fetters and captive in cords of affliction,

King James 2000 Bible
And if they are bound in fetters, and are held in cords of affliction;

American King James Version
And if they be bound in fetters, and be held in cords of affliction;

American Standard Version
And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of afflictions;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if they shall be in chains, and be bound with the cords of poverty :

Darby Bible Translation
And if, bound in fetters, they be held in cords of affliction,

English Revised Version
And if they be bound in fetters, and be taken in the cords of affliction;

Webster's Bible Translation
And if they are bound in fetters, and are held in cords of affliction;

World English Bible
If they are bound in fetters, and are taken in the cords of afflictions,

Young's Literal Translation
And if prisoners in fetters They are captured with cords of affliction,
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
7"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted. 8"And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction, 9Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.…
Cross References
Job 36:15
"He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.

Job 36:21
"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.

Psalm 107:10
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains,

Psalm 119:61
The cords of the wicked have encircled me, But I have not forgotten Your law.

Psalm 149:8
To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron,
Treasury of Scripture

And if they be bound in fetters, and be held in cords of affliction;

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Job 19:6 Know now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net.

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Psalm 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

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Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Lamentations 3:9 He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he has made my paths crooked.

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Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

Verse 8. - And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction. On the other hand, there are doubtless cases where the righteous suffer adversity - are even "bound in fetters," and "holden in cords of affliction" (Genesis 39:20; Jeremiah 40:1: Daniel 3:21; Matthew 14:3; Acts 12:6; Acts 16:24; Acts 24:27, etc.). But even here God's vigilance is not relaxed. On the contrary, he watches with the utmost care over their afflictions, apportioning them according to the needs of each, and making every possible effort, by means of them, to work their reformation (see the two following verses). And if they be bound in fetters,.... Not the wicked, as the Targum, but the righteous spoken of in Job 36:7, with which this is closely connected; and this is not to be understood of righteous kings on the throne in particular, or their special favourites, but of the righteous in general; and not in a literal sense, of their bonds and imprisonment for religion and righteousness sake, which is sometimes their lot; but in a figurative sense, of afflictions, as chastenings and corrections for sin, as appears by the next clause; and the design is to obviate an objection, and to show that the eye of God is upon them, and his heart towards them; and they are not the less objects of his love and delight, of his value and esteem, care and protection, though they are afflicted by him, and, as it may seem, used with some severity; seeing he has gracious ends and designs in all this, which are suggested in the following verses;

and be holden in cords of affliction; righteous men are not exempt from afflictions; the afflictions of the righteous are many, according to divine appointment, the covenant of grace, the declaration of God, the constant experience of good men, it being the way in which they are all led, and must enter into the kingdom; and the metaphor here used shows that afflictions are sometimes heavy upon them, like fetters and chains, and those made heavy by the hand of God pressing them sore, Lamentations 3:7; no affliction is joyous, but grievous and heavy in itself; it is indeed comparatively light when viewed with the weight of glory; and God can make a heavy affliction light with his presence, and the discoveries of his love; but they are heavy to the flesh, as Job felt his to be, Job 6:2; and, like fetters and cords, they cannot free themselves from them, or loose them, until it is the pleasure of God to take them off; and moreover by these they are sometimes held and restrained from going into more or greater sins, which is one use of them: as they are with afflictions hedged about that they cannot come out, any more than a person bound fast in a prison; so they are hedged up with thorns that they cannot go out after their lovers, Lamentations 3:7, Hosea 2:6. Some render the phrase, "cords of poverty" (l); it is oftentimes the case of righteous persons to be poor, and to be sadly hampered with poverty, and out of which, by all that they can do, cannot extricate themselves; and sometimes they fall into it, and are held in it, after they have enjoyed much worldly prosperity, which was the case of Job. Mr. Broughton renders it, cords of anguish; and indeed the word for "cords" is used of the pains of a woman in travail, who has then great anguish and trouble; and anguish on various accounts lays hold on the righteous, and they are holden thereby, and cannot relieve themselves, Psalm 119:143; and yet this is all in mercy, and to answer some good ends and purposes, as follow.

(l) "funibus paupertatis", Mercerus, Drusius; "funibus inopiae", Cocceius. 8-10. If they be afflicted, it is no proof that they are hypocrites, as the friends maintain, or that God disregards them, and is indifferent whether men are good or bad, as Job asserts: God is thereby "disciplining them," and "showing them their sins," and if they bow in a right spirit under God's visiting hand, the greatest blessings ensue.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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