Job 5:2
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New International Version
Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

New Living Translation
Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.

English Standard Version
Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.

New American Standard Bible
"For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.

King James Bible
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For anger kills a fool, and jealousy slays the gullible.

International Standard Version
For wrath will slay a fool; zealous anger will kill the naive.

NET Bible
For wrath kills the foolish person, and anger slays the silly one.

New Heart English Bible
For resentment kills the foolish man, and jealousy kills the simple.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, anger kills a stubborn fool, and jealousy murders a gullible person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For anger killeth the foolish man, And envy slayeth the silly one.

New American Standard 1977
“For vexation slays the foolish man,
            And anger kills the simple.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is certain that wrath kills the foolish man, and envy consumes the covetous one.

King James 2000 Bible
For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the simple one.

American King James Version
For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

American Standard Version
For vexation killeth the foolish man, And jealousy slayeth the silly one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Anger indeed killeth the foolish, and envy slayeth the little one.

Darby Bible Translation
For vexation killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the simple.

English Revised Version
For vexation killeth the foolish man, and jealousy slayeth the silly one.

Webster's Bible Translation
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

World English Bible
For resentment kills the foolish man, and jealousy kills the simple.

Young's Literal Translation
For provocation slayeth the perverse, And envy putteth to death the simple,
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues
1"Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? 2"For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple. 3"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:16
A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

Proverbs 27:3
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
Treasury of Scripture

For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

wrath.

Job 18:4 He tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? …

Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And …

the foolish.

Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, …

Psalm 75:4 I said to the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift …

Psalm 92:6 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this.

Psalm 107:17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, …

Proverbs 1:22,23 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners …

Proverbs 8:5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding …

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

envy. or, indignation.

Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

1 Samuel 18:8,9 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, …

Romans 2:8 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

one.

Hosea 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, …

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive …

Verse 2. - For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. For "wrath" and "envy "others suggest "vexaation" and "impatience" (Lee), or "vexation" and "jealousy" (Revised Version). The connection of thought seems to be, "For thou art quite foolish enough to let thy vexation and impatience prompt thee to such a course, which could only lead to thy destruction." Eliphaz is quite sure that trust in any other beside God, and appeal to any other against God, is utter folly, sinful infatuation, and must lead to the ruin of whoever indulges in it. Thus the invocation of angels receives no countenance from him, but the contrary. For wrath killeth the foolish man,.... Not one that is an idiot, and destitute of common sense, and has no understanding in things natural and civil; but a wicked man, who has no knowledge of things divine and spiritual, and so foolish; which is the character of every natural man, and of God's people before conversion; and even of some professors, who are foolish virgins, and carry the lamp of a religious profession without the oil of grace; and such an one Eliphaz took Job to be, whom sooner or later the wrath of the Lord, as the Targum interprets it, which is revealed from heaven, and comes down upon the children of disobedience, would consume like devouring fire: or this may be understood of the wrath and passion of such men themselves, which sometimes rises in them to such an height, as that they die in a fit of it; or do those things which bring them to death, either by the hand of God, or by the civil magistrate:

and envy slayeth the silly one; one that is simple and void of understanding, and is easily persuaded and drawn into sin, either by his own heart, or by evil men, or by the temptations of Satan; and in whose heart envy at the prosperity of others dwells, and which insensibly preys upon him, eats up his own spirits, and is rottenness to his bones, and crumbles them into dust, Proverbs 14:30; or the word may be rendered "jealousy", or "zeal" (q), as it sometimes is, and may signify the jealousy of the Lord, zeal for his own glory, which he sometimes stirs up as a man of war, and which smokes against wicked men, and consumes them as fire, see Isaiah 42:13; Eliphaz by all this would represent and insinuate that Job was such a man, hot, passionate, and angry with God and his providence, and envious at the prosperity of others, particularly his friends; and so was a foolish and silly man, in whose breast wrath and envy rested, and would be his ruin and destruction, as he was already under slaying and killing providences.

(q) "zelus", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt, Michaelis, Schultens. 2. wrath … envy—fretful and passionate complaints, such as Eliphaz charged Job with (Job 4:5; so Pr 14:30). Not, the wrath of God killeth the foolish, and His envy, etc.5:1-5 Eliphaz here calls upon Job to answer his arguments. Were any of the saints or servants of God visited with such Divine judgments as Job, or did they ever behave like him under their sufferings? The term, saints, holy, or more strictly, consecrated ones, seems in all ages to have been applied to the people of God, through the Sacrifice slain in the covenant of their reconciliation. Eliphaz doubts not that the sin of sinners directly tends to their ruin. They kill themselves by some lust or other; therefore, no doubt, Job has done some foolish thing, by which he has brought himself into this condition. The allusion was plain to Job's former prosperity; but there was no evidence of Job's wickedness, and the application to him was unfair and severe.
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