Job 4:8
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New International Version
As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.

New Living Translation
My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.

English Standard Version
As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

New American Standard Bible
"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.

King James Bible
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.

International Standard Version
It's been my experience that those who plow the soil of iniquity and those who sow the seed of trouble will reap their harvest!

NET Bible
Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever I saw those who plowed wickedness and planted misery, they gathered its harvest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even as I have seen, those that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same.

King James 2000 Bible
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

American King James Version
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

American Standard Version
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble, reap the same.

Douay-Rheims Bible
On the contrary I have seen those who work iniquity, and sow sorrows, and reap them,

Darby Bible Translation
Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity and sow mischief, reap the same.

English Revised Version
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

World English Bible
According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

Young's Literal Translation
As I have seen -- ploughers of iniquity, And sowers of misery, reap it!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Even as I have seen; rather, according as I have seen - so far, that is, as my observation goes (see the Revised Version, which is supported by Professor Lee and Canon Cook). They that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same (comp. Proverbs 22:8; Hosea 8:7; Hosea 10:13; Galatians 6:7, 8). The words translated "iniquity" and "wickedness" express in the original both moral and physical evil. Men sew the one and reap the other. Eliphaz extends this general rule into a universal law, or, at any rate, declares that he has never known an exception. He has not, therefore, been grieved and perplexed, like David, by "seeing the ungodly in such prosperity" (Psalm 73:3). He would seem not to have been a man of very keen observation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Even as I have seen,.... Here he goes about to prove, by his own experience, the destruction of wicked men; and would intimate, that Job was such an one, because of the ruin he was fallen into:

they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same; figurative expressions, denoting that such who devise iniquity in their hearts, form and plan schemes of it in their minds, signified by "plowing iniquity", and who were studious and diligent to put into practice what they devised; who took a great deal of pains to commit sin, and were constant at it, expressed by "sowing wickedness": these sooner or later eat the fruit of their doings, are punished in proportion to their crimes, even in this life, as well as hereafter, see Hosea 8:7 Galatians 6:7; though a Jewish commentator (b) observes, that the thought of sin is designed by the first phrase; the endeavour to bring it into action by the second; and the finishing of the work, or the actual commission of the evil, by the third; the punishment thereof being what is expressed in Job 4:9; the Targum applies this to the generation of the flood.

(b) R. Simeon Bar Tzemach.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. they that plough iniquity … reap the same—(Pr 22:8; Ho 8:7; 10:13; Ga 6:7, 8).

Job 4:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
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. 9"By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.…
Cross References
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Galatians 6:8
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Job 15:31
Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.

Job 15:35
They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."

Psalm 7:15
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.

Proverbs 1:31
they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

Proverbs 22:8
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

Isaiah 17:11
though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain.

Hosea 10:13
But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,
Treasury of Scripture

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

they that plow.

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Jeremiah 4:18 Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this …

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

Hosea 10:12,13 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your …

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

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