Job 4:7
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New International Version
"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?

New Living Translation
"Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?

English Standard Version
“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?

New American Standard Bible
"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?

King James Bible
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Consider: who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?

International Standard Version
Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?

NET Bible
Call to mind now: Who, being innocent, ever perished? And where were upright people ever destroyed?

New Heart English Bible
"Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Now think about this: Which innocent person [ever] died [an untimely death]? Find me a decent person who has been destroyed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

New American Standard 1977
“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
            Or where were the upright destroyed?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the righteous cut off?

King James 2000 Bible
Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

American King James Version
Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

American Standard Version
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or when were the just destroyed?

Darby Bible Translation
Remember, I pray thee, who that was innocent has perished? and where were the upright cut off?

English Revised Version
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the upright cut off?

Webster's Bible Translation
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off;

World English Bible
"Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

Young's Literal Translation
Remember, I pray thee, Who, being innocent, hath perished? And where have the upright been cut off?
Study Bible
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
6"Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope? 7"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed? 8"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.…
Cross References
Job 8:20
"Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers.

Job 36:6
"He does not keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to the afflicted.

Job 36:7
"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.

Psalm 37:25
I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.
Treasury of Scripture

Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

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Job 9:22,23 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and …

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous …

Ecclesiastes 7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just …

Ecclesiastes 9:1,2 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that …

Acts 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, …

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

(7) Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent?--He challenges Job's experience, and quotes his own in proof of the universal connection between sin and suffering. In so doing, his object may be to insinuate that Job is sinful; or, as seems perhaps more probable, and certainly more gracious, to prove to him that if he is what he was supposed to be, that itself is a ground of hope, inasmuch as no innocent person is allowed to perish. He utters here a half-truth, which, however, is after all true, inasmuch as God will never fail, though He may try, those who trust in Him.

Verse 7. - Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? The heart of the matter is now approached. Job is called upon to "remember" the long-established moral axiom, that only evil-doing brings down upon men calamities, and that therefore, where calamities fall, them must be precedent wickedness. If he does not admit this, he-is challenged to bring forward examples, or even a single example, of suffering innocence. If he does admit it, he is left to apply the axiom to himself. Or where were the righteous cut off? Was the example of "righteous Abel" (Matthew 23:35) unknown to Eliphaz? And had he really never seen that noblest of all sights, the good man struggling with adversity? One would imagine it impossible to attain old age, in the world wherein we live, without becoming convinced by our own observation that good and evil, prosperity and adversity, are not distributed in this life according to moral desert; but a preconceived notion of what ought to have been seems here, as elsewhere so often in the field of speculation, to have blinded men to the actual facts of the case, and driven them to invent explanations of the facts, which militated against their theories, of the most absurdly artificial character. To account for the sufferings of the righteous, the explanation of "secret sins" was introduced, and it was argued that, where affliction seemed to fall on the good man, his goodness was not real goodness - it was a counterfeit, a sham - the fabric of moral excellence, so fair to view, was honeycombed by secret vices, to which the seemingly good man was a prey. Of course, if the afflictions wore abnormal, extraordinary, then the secret sins must be of a most heinous and horrible kind to deserve such a terrible retribution. This is what Eliphaz hints to be the solution in Job's case. God has seen his secret sins - he has "set them in the light of his countenance" (Psalm 90:8) - and is punishing them openly. Job's duty is to humble himself before God, to confess, repent, and amend. Then, and then only, may he hope that God will remove his hand, and put an end to his sufferings Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent?.... Here Eliphaz appeals to Job himself, and desires him to recollect if ever anyone instance had fallen under his observation, in the whole course of his life, or it had ever been told him by credible persons, that an "innocent" man, by whom he means not one entirely free from sin original or actual, for he knew there was no such persons in the world, since the fall of Adam, but a truly good and gracious man, who was not guilty of any notorious and capital crime, or did not live a vicious course of life; if he ever knew or heard of any such persons that "perished", which cannot be understood of eternal ruin and destruction, which would be at once granted, that such as these described can never perish in such a sense, but have everlasting life; nor of a corporeal death, which is sometimes the sense of perishing, since it is notorious that innocent and righteous persons so perish or die, see Ecclesiastes 7:15 Isaiah 57:1; and could it be meant of a violent death, an answer might have been returned; and Eliphaz perhaps was not acquainted with it himself, that that innocent and righteous person Abel thus perished by the hands of his brother: but this is rather to be understood of perishing by afflictions, sore and heavy ones, not ordinary but extraordinary ones; and which are, or look like, the judgments of God on men, whereby they lose their all, their substance, their servants, their children, as well as their own health, which was Job's case; and therefore if no parallel instance of an innocent person ever being in the like case, it is insinuated that Job could not be an innocent man:

or where were the righteous cut off? such as are truly righteous in the sight of God, as well as before men, who have the gift of righteousness bestowed on them, and live soberly, righteously, and godly; in what age or country was it ever known that such persons, in their family and substance, were cut off by the hand and providence of God, and abandoned and forsaken by him, and reduced to such circumstances that there could be no hope of their ever being in prosperous ones again? and Job now being in such a forlorn and miserable case and condition, it is suggested, that he could not be a righteous man: but admitting that no such instance could be produced, Eliphaz was too hasty and premature in his conclusion; seeing, as it later appeared, Job was not so cut off, abandoned, and forsaken by God, as not to rise any more; for his latter end was greater than his beginning: and besides, innocent and righteous persons are often involved in the same calamities as wicked men are, and their afflictions are the same; only with this difference, to the one they are the proper punishment of sin, to the other they are fatherly chastisements and trials of their grace, and issue in their good; the Targum explains it of such persons, as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, none such as they perishing, or being cut off. 4:7-11 Eliphaz argues, 1. That good men were never thus ruined. But there is one event both to the righteous and to the wicked, Ec 9:2, both in life and death; the great and certain difference is after death. Our worst mistakes are occasioned by drawing wrong views from undeniable truths. 2. That wicked men were often thus ruined: for the proof of this, Eliphaz vouches his own observation. We may see the same every day.
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