Job 5:4
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New International Version
His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.

New Living Translation
Their children are abandoned far from help; they are crushed in court with no one to defend them.

English Standard Version
His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.

New American Standard Bible
"His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.

King James Bible
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His children are far from safety. They are crushed at the city gate, with no one to rescue them.

International Standard Version
His children are far from deliverance; they'll be maltreated before they leave home, with no one to rescue them.

NET Bible
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed at the place where judgment is rendered, nor is there anyone to deliver them.

New Heart English Bible
His children are far from safety. They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His children are far from help. They are crushed at the city gate, and no one is there to rescue them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
His children are far from safety, And are crushed in the gate, with none to deliver them.

New American Standard 1977
“His sons are far from safety,
            They are even oppressed in the gate,
            Neither is there a deliverer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His sons are far from saving health, and they shall be crushed in the gate, and there shall be no one to deliver them.

King James 2000 Bible
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

American King James Version
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

American Standard Version
His children are far from safety, And they are crushed in the gate, Neither is there any to deliver them:

Douay-Rheims Bible
His children shall be far from safety, and shall be destroyed in the gate, and there shall be none to deliver them.

Darby Bible Translation
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, and there is no deliverer:

English Revised Version
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

Webster's Bible Translation
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

World English Bible
His children are far from safety. They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them,

Young's Literal Translation
Far are his sons from safety, And they are bruised in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues
3"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately. 4"His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer. 5"His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer is eager for their wealth.…
Cross References
Joshua 20:4
'He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; and they shall take him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may dwell among them.

Job 4:11
"The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.

Job 20:10
"His sons favor the poor, And his hands give back his wealth.

Psalm 109:12
Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.

Psalm 119:155
Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Treasury of Scripture

His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

children.

Job 4:10,11 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the …

Job 8:4 If your children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away …

Job 18:16-19 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off…

Job 27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring …

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the …

Psalm 109:9-15 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow…

Psalm 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not your statutes.

Psalm 127:5 Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not …

they are crushed.

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

Luke 13:4,5 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them…

neither.

Job 10:7 You know that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver …

Psalm 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there …

(4) They are crushed.--Rather, perhaps, they crush one another. Their internal rivalries and dissensions bring them to ruin. They exemplify the house divided against itself.

Verse 4. - His children are far from safety. The sins of the fathers arc visited upon the children. Eliphaz makes covert allusion to the death of Job's children (Job 1:19). Feeling, however, that he is on delicate ground, he goes on into details which in no way fit their case. And (he says) they are crushed in the gate; i.e. they are oppressed, crushed, by litigations. The house once smitten of God, human beasts of prey enter in; claims are made against the children; lawsuits commenced; all the arts of chicanery set in motion; every effort made to strip them of their last penny. (For the sense here assigned to "the gate," see Job 29:7 and Job 31:21.) Neither is there any to deliver them. No one intercedes on their behalf, undertakes their detente in the courts, or makes any effort to avert their ruin. This picture of legal oppression accords very closely with what we know of the East in all ages (comp. Isaiah 1:17, 23; Isaiah 3:14, 15; Isaiah 5:23; Isaiah 10:2, etc.). Oriental cowardice causes men to shrink from casting in their lot with those whom Misfortune has marked as her own. His children are far from safety,.... From outward safety, from evils and dangers, to which they are liable and exposed, not only from men, who hate them for their father's sake, who have been oppressors of them, or from God, who visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children; and from spiritual and eternal safety or "salvation", or from salvation in the world to come, as the Targum, they treading in their fathers steps, and imitating their actions:

and they are crushed in the gate; or openly, publicly, as Aben Ezra and others; or in the courts of judicature whither they are brought by those their parents had oppressed, and where they are cast, and have no favour shown them; or literally by the falling of the gate upon them; and perhaps some reference is had to Job's children being crushed in the gate or door of the house, through which they endeavoured to get when it fell upon them and destroyed them; the Targum is,"and are crushed in the gates of hell, in the day of the great judgment:"

neither is there any to deliver them; neither God nor man, they having no interest in either, or favour with, partly on account of their father's ill behaviour, and partly on account of their own; and sad is the case of men when it is such, see Psalm 50:21. 4. His children … crushed in the gate—A judicial formula. The gate was the place of judgment and of other public proceedings (Ps 127:5; Pr 22:22; Ge 23:10; De 21:19). Such propylæa have been found in the Assyrian remains. Eliphaz obliquely alludes to the calamity which cut off Job's children.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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