Job 5:18
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

New Living Translation
For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal.

English Standard Version
For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.

New American Standard Bible
"For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.

King James Bible
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He crushes but also binds up; He strikes, but His hands also heal.

International Standard Version
because though he wounds, but then applies bandages; though he strikes, his hands still heal.

NET Bible
For he wounds, but he also bandages; he strikes, but his hands also heal.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God injures, but he bandages. He beats you up, but his hands make you well.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he makes sore, and binds up; he wounds, and his hands make whole.

King James 2000 Bible
For he bruises, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.

American King James Version
For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.

American Standard Version
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; He woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he woundeth, and cureth: he striketh, and his hands shall heal.

Darby Bible Translation
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

English Revised Version
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

World English Bible
For he wounds, and binds up. He injures, and his hands make whole.

Young's Literal Translation
For He doth pain, and He bindeth up, He smiteth, and His hands heal.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:17-27 Eliphaz gives to Job a word of caution and exhortation: Despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. Call it a chastening, which comes from the Father's love, and is for the child's good; and notice it as a messenger from Heaven. Eliphaz also encourages Job to submit to his condition. A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for he has not lost his enjoyment of God, nor his title to heaven; nay, he is happy because he is afflicted. Correction mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees. Though God wounds, yet he supports his people under afflictions, and in due time delivers them. Making a wound is sometimes part of a cure. Eliphaz gives Job precious promises of what God would do for him, if he humbled himself. Whatever troubles good men may be in, they shall do them no real harm. Being kept from sin, they are kept from the evil of trouble. And if the servants of Christ are not delivered from outward troubles, they are delivered by them, and while overcome by one trouble, they conquer all. Whatever is maliciously said against them shall not hurt them. They shall have wisdom and grace to manage their concerns. The greatest blessing, both in our employments and in our enjoyments, is to be kept from sin. They shall finish their course with joy and honour. That man lives long enough who has done his work, and is fit for another world. It is a mercy to die seasonably, as the corn is cut and housed when fully ripe; not till then, but then not suffered to stand any longer. Our times are in God's hands; it is well they are so. Believers are not to expect great wealth, long life, or to be free from trials. But all will be ordered for the best. And remark from Job's history, that steadiness of mind and heart under trial, is one of the highest attainments of faith. There is little exercise for faith when all things go well. But if God raises a storm, permits the enemy to send wave after wave, and seemingly stands aloof from our prayers, then, still to hang on and trust God, when we cannot trace him, this is the patience of the saints. Blessed Saviour! how sweet it is to look unto thee, the Author and Finisher of faith, in such moments!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - For he maketh sore, and bindeth up. Metaphors drawn from the healing art. He "maketh sore" - applies the scalpel and the cautery when and where they are needed; and then, after a while, "bindeth up" - employs his lint and bandages; in both cases alike seeking the good of the sufferer. He woundeth, and his hands make whole (setup. Deuteronomy 32:39; Hosea 6:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he maketh sore, and bindeth up,.... Or, "though he maketh sore, yet he bindeth up" (d); as a surgeon, who makes a wound the sorer by probing and opening it, to let out the matter and make way for his medicine, and then lays on the plaster, and binds it up: so God causes grief and puts his people to pain, by diseases of body, or by making breaches in, their families and estates, and such like cutting providences; and then he binds up their breach, and heals the stroke of their wound, and in the issue makes all whole again: so in spiritual things; he cuts and wounds, and gives pain and uneasiness, by the sharp twoedged sword of the word, and by his Spirit making use of it; and lays open all the corruption of nature, and brings to repentance and humiliation for all transgressions; and then pours in the oil and wine of pardoning grace and mercy, and binds up the wounds that are made:

he woundeth, and his hands make whole; or "heal" (e); the same thing is meant, expressed by different words; and the whole suggests, that every afflicted man, and particularly Job, should he behave well, and as he ought, under the afflicting hand of God, would be healed, and become sound and whole again, in body, mind, family, and estate; for, though God for the present caused grief, yet he would have compassion, since he did not willingly grieve the children of men; did not do it for his own pleasure, but for their good; as a skilful surgeon cuts and wounds in order to heal; see Deuteronomy 32:39.

(d) Assembly's Annotations. (e) "sanabunt", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. he maketh sore, and bindeth up—(De 32:39; Ho 6:1; 1Sa 2:6). An image from binding up a wound. The healing art consisted much at that time in external applications.

Job 5:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz Continues
17"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18"For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal. 19"From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:39
"See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.

1 Samuel 2:6
"The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 30:26
The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.

Hosea 6:1
"Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
Treasury of Scripture

For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

1 Samuel 2:6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, …

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