Job 4:9
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New International Version
At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.

New Living Translation
A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.

English Standard Version
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.

New American Standard Bible
"By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

King James Bible
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils.

International Standard Version
They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger.

NET Bible
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God destroys them with his breath and kills them with a blast of his anger.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By the breath of God they perish, and by the spirit of his anger they are consumed.

King James 2000 Bible
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

American King James Version
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

American Standard Version
By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of his anger are they consumed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Perishing by the blast of God, and consumed by the spirit of his wrath.

Darby Bible Translation
By the breath of +God they perish, and by the blast of his nostrils are they consumed.

English Revised Version
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger are they consumed.

Webster's Bible Translation
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

World English Bible
By the breath of God they perish. By the blast of his anger are they consumed.

Young's Literal Translation
From the breath of God they perish, And from the spirit of His anger consumed.
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 9. - By the blast of God they perish; rather, by the breath of God, as in Job 37:10. The word used (גִשְׁמָה) means always, as Professor Lee observes," a slight or gentle breathing." The slightest breath of God's displeasure is enough to destroy those against whom it is directed. And by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. Here "blast" would be better than "breath," for רוח is a stronger word than נשׁמה. Similarly, רוח is a stronger word than יאבדו. The breath kills, the blast utterly consumes, transgressors.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By the blast of God they perish,.... They and their works, the ploughers, sowers, and reapers of iniquity; the allusion is to the blasting of corn by the east wind, or by mildew, &c. having used the figures of ploughing and sowing before; and which is as soon and as easily done as corn, or anything else, is blasted in the above manner; and denotes the sudden and easy destruction of wicked men by the power of God, stirred up by his wrath and indignation, because of their sins; who when he blows a blast on their persons, substance, and families, they perish at once:

and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed; meaning his wrath and anger, which is like a stream of brimstone, and kindles a fire on the wicked, which are as fuel to it, and are soon consumed by it; the allusion is to breath in a man's nostrils, and the heat of his wrath and fury discovered thereby: some think this refers to Job's children being destroyed by the wind, see Isaiah 11:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. breath of his nostrils—God's anger; a figure from the fiery winds of the East (Job 1:16; Isa 5:25; Ps 18:8, 15).

Job 4:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
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. 10"The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.…
Cross References
2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

Exodus 15:8
By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.

Job 15:30
He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.

Job 40:11
Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them low,

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 30:33
Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.
Treasury of Scripture

By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

the blast.

Exodus 15:8,10 And with the blast of your nostrils the waters were gathered together, …

2 Kings 19:7 Behold, I will send a blast on him, and he shall hear a rumor, and …

Psalm 18:15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the …

by the breath of his nostrils. that is, by his anger.

Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote …

Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume …

Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against …

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