|New International Version (©2011)|
When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.
New Living Translation (©2007)
When a plague sweeps through, he laughs at the death of the innocent.
English Standard Version (©2001)
When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
When disaster brings sudden death, He mocks the despair of the innocent.
International Standard Version (©2012)
If a calamity causes sudden death, he'll mock at the despair of the innocent.
NET Bible (©2006)
If a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks at the despair of the innocent.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
When a sudden disaster brings death, he makes fun of the despair of innocent people.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
If the scourge slays suddenly, he will laugh at the plight of the innocent.
American King James Version
If the whip slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
American Standard Version
If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent.
If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent.
Darby Bible Translation
If the scourge kill suddenly, he mocketh at the trial of the innocent.
English Revised Version
If the scourge slay suddenly, he will mock at the trial of the innocent.
Webster's Bible Translation
If the scourge shall slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
World English Bible
If the scourge kills suddenly, he will mock at the trial of the innocent.
Young's Literal Translation
If a scourge doth put to death suddenly, At the trial of the innocent He laugheth.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
9:22-24 Job touches briefly upon the main point now in dispute. His friends maintained that those who are righteous and good, always prosper in this world, and that none but the wicked are in misery and distress: he said, on the contrary, that it is a common thing for the wicked to prosper, and the righteous to be greatly afflicted. Yet there is too much passion in what Job here says, for God doth not afflict willingly. When the spirit is heated with dispute or with discontent, we have need to set a watch before our lips.
Verse 23. - If the scourge slay suddenly. Such a "scourge" as war, or pestilence, or famine, is probably meant. If one of these be let loose upon a land, and slay, as it always does slay, indifferently the good and the bad, the innocent and the guilty, what is God's attitude? Does he interpose to save the righteous? By no means. He looks on passively, indifferently. Job even goes further, and says, with an audacity that borders on irreverence, if it does not even overstep the border, He will laugh at the trial of the innocent. St. Jerome says, "There is nothing in the whole book harsher than this." It may, perhaps, be excused, partly as rhetorical, partly as needful for the full expansion of Job's argument. But it is a fearful utterance. (Professor Lee's attempt to explain the whole passage differently is scarcely a successful one.)
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
If the scourge slay suddenly,.... Not Satan, as Jarchi and Bar Tzemach; but any sore calamity which surrounds a man, lashes, cuts, and distresses him, as a whip or scourge; such as any of God's sore judgments, the sword, famine, pestilence, or evil beasts, which sometimes come suddenly, unawares, unthought of, and unexpected; and are sometimes only chastisements in love, the scourgings of a father, though generally in wrath and hot displeasure, and are an overflowing scourge, which carry all before them; and therefore some restrain it to wicked men, as the Septuagint version; and some understand it as if they were more mildly and gently dealt with, by being suddenly and at once slain with such a scourge, in their persons, families, and substance, while others have their afflictions protracted, and linger long under them, as in the next clause:
he will laugh at the trial of the innocent; not that are free from sin entirely; for there are none such, no, not newborn infants; though they may be comparatively so, yet they are not in an absolute sense, being conceived in sin and shapen in iniquity: besides, here it means adult persons, good men, that are truly gracious, sincere, upright, harmless in their lives and conversations, whose afflictions are "trials" of their faith and patience, and other graces; and when God is said to "laugh" at them, who seems to be designed here, this must be understood consistent with his pity to his people, his sympathy with them under all their afflictions, he not willingly afflicting or grieving the children of men; nor can it be thought that he has them in derision and contempt, or laughs at their calamities, or in reality, as he does at wicked men; but that he carries it so oftentimes, in the dispensations of his providence, as if he made no difference between them, but mocked at the one as well as the other; seemingly giving no heed to their cries; not hastening to their help and deliverance, but lengthening out their troubles for the trial of their graces; and so indeed is greatly delighted with the exercise of them under them, and with seeing them bear them with so much patience, courage, and greatness of mind and submission to his will. Some interpret this of a wicked man laughing at the calamities of the righteous, as the Ammonites and Edomites rejoiced at the destruction of the Jews; the church's enemy at her fall, and as the Papists will at the witnesses being slain; but the former sense seems best; rather the scourge itself laughs at the trial of the innocent; so Schultens.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
23. If—Rather, "While (His) scourge slays suddenly (the wicked, Job 9:22), He laughs at (disregards; not derides) the pining away of the innocent." The only difference, says Job, between the innocent and guilty is, the latter are slain by a sudden stroke, the former pine away gradually. The translation, "trial," does not express the antithesis to "slay suddenly," as "pining away" does [Umbreit].
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