Job 9:26
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New International Version
They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.

New Living Translation
It disappears like a swift papyrus boat, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

English Standard Version
They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.

Berean Study Bible
They sweep by like boats of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

New American Standard Bible
"They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.

King James Bible
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

Christian Standard Bible
They sweep by like boats made of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

Contemporary English Version
Each day passes swifter than a sailing ship or an eagle swooping down.

Good News Translation
My life passes like the swiftest boat, as fast as an eagle swooping down on a rabbit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They sweep by like boats made of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

International Standard Version
They pass by like a ship made of reeds, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

NET Bible
They glide by like reed boats, like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.

New Heart English Bible
They have passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle that swoops on the prey.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They pass by quickly like boats made from reeds, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They are passed away as the swift ships; As the vulture that swoopeth on the prey.

New American Standard 1977
“They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are passed away as the ships of Ebeh {Heb. reed} as the eagle that throws himself on the prey.

King James 2000 Bible
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hastens to the prey.

American King James Version
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hastens to the prey.

American Standard Version
They are passed away as the swift ships; As the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have passed by as ships carrying fruits, as an eagle flying to the prey.

Darby Bible Translation
They pass by like skiffs of reed; as an eagle that swoops upon the prey.

English Revised Version
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that swoopeth on the prey.

Webster's Bible Translation
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

World English Bible
They have passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle that swoops on the prey.

Young's Literal Translation
They have passed on with ships of reed, As an eagle darteth on food.
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
25My days are swifter than a runner; they flee without seeing any good. 26They sweep by like boats of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey. 27If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:49
The LORD will bring a nation from afar, from the ends of the earth, to swoop down upon you like an eagle, a nation whose language you will not understand,

Job 39:29
From there he spies out food; his eyes see it from afar.

Isaiah 18:2
which sends couriers by sea, in papyrus vessels on the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people widely feared, to a powerful nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.

Habakkuk 1:8
Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves of the night. Their horsemen charge ahead, and their cavalry comes from afar. They fly like a vulture, swooping down to devour.

Treasury of Scripture

They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hastens to the prey.

swift ships. Heb. ships of desire, or, ships of Ebeh. as the eagle

Job 39:27-30 Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high…

2 Samuel 1:23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in …

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as …

Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued …

Habakkuk 1:8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce …







(26) Swift ships.--What is meant by the swift ships, or ships of Desire, no one knows. Literally, ships of Eveh, probably a proper name, and perhaps referring to a particular kind of boat in use on the Nile; if so, this is one instance out of many of Job's acquaintance with Egypt. The Vulgate has, naves poma portantes. Job is a problem to himself; he is confident of his innocence, and yet he is confident that that very innocence will avail him nothing before God, he is sure that he must be condemned. Now, it is impossible to deny that this is the very attitude of the Gospel; it is, therefore, if we bear in mind the vast antiquity of the confession, both a witness to the truth of the Gospel and an anticipation of it that God alone could give. Indeed, it is hopelessly impossible to enter into the position of Job unless we are ourselves enlightened with the teaching of the Gospel, and able to look at it from the Gospel standpoint. While, therefore, admitting this fact, we are the better able to appreciate the wonderful confession Job is about to make in Job 9:32-33.

Verse 26. - They are passed away as the swift ships; literally, like the ships of reed. The allusion is probably to the frail reed vessels of the Egyptians, of which many ancient writers speak (see Theophrastus, 'Hist. Plant.,' 4:9; Pithy, 'Hist. Nat.,' 6:56; 13:11; Luean, ' Pharsalis,' 4:36, etc.). They were long, light canoes, formed generally of the papyrus plant, and propelled either by a single paddle or by a punting-pole. They were fiat-bottomed and broad, like punts, with a stem and stern rising considerably above the level of the water (see the authofs 'History of Ancient Egypt,' vol. 1. pp. 507, 508). Isaiah speaks of them as "vessels of bulrushes," in which "swift messengers" were sent by the nations peopling the banks of the Nile (Isaiah 18:1, 2). The Euphrates boats described by Herodotus (1:194) were of an entirely different construction, and cannot be here intended. They consisted of a framework of wood, which was covered with skins, and then coated with bitumen, and resembled the Welsh "coracles." As the eagle that hasteth to the prey; or, as the eagle that swoopeth on the prey (Revised Version). Job's observation presents to him three types of swiftness - the trained runner upon the earth, the swift ships upon the waters, and the hungry eagle in the air. It seems to him that his life passes away as swiftly as any of these. They are passed away as the swift ships,.... Those that are lightest built, and run swiftest. Bar Tzemach thinks such vessels as are rowed with oars are meant, which may be called "ships of will or desire" (b), as the words may be rendered, because they may be rowed at pleasure, and be carried to any place where and when a man thinks fit; whereas those that are not depend upon the wind, and that must be waited for; or they design such ships that are so swift in their motion, that they arrive to the haven as soon as men can well wish for and desire. Some render it "pirate ships", or "ships of enmity" (c); such as are designed for spoil and plunder, and which are light ones, not loaded with goods, and therefore move swiftly: the Targum is,

"ships burdened with precious fruits;''and the Vulgate Latin version is,"ships carrying apples:''now ships loaded with such sort of goods, with perishing commodities, are obliged to make their port as soon as possible. Some leave the word untranslated, and call them "ships of Ebeh" (d); which, according to Jarchi, Aben Ezra, and others, is either the name of a place, or of a river in Arabia, which ran with a rapid stream, and in which ships were carried with great celerity. Bolducius relates from a traveller of his acquaintance, who finished his travels in 1584, that he saw such a river about Damascus, not far from the sepulchre of Job; but that must be the river Chrysorrhoas, now called Barrady; but there were two rivers of this name Ebeh; one near Cufa, and another in Wasith, a country of Babylon, as Golius observes (e). Others take the word to have the signification of reed or papyrus, which grew on the banks of the Nile, and of which ships were made; see Gill on Isaiah 18:1; and render the words "ships of reeds" or "of papyrus" (f), and which, being light, were very swift:

as the eagle that hasteth to the prey; the eagle is the swiftest of birds, and therefore persons and things exceeding swift are compared unto them, see Habakkuk 1:8; and it flies the most swiftly when being hungry, and in sight of its prey, and is nearest to it, and flaps upon it, which is the thing referred to, and so may be rendered, "that flies upon the prey" (g). Job uses these metaphors, which are the most appropriate, to show how fleeting his days of prosperity were, and how soon gone: and a climax may be observed in the words; a runner, though he runs swiftly, a ship moves faster than he, and an eagle, just about to seize its prey, flies swifter than that.

(b) "navibus desiderii", Mercerus, Drusius, Schmidt; so Ben Gersom. (c) "Naves inimicitiarum, i.e. "piraticae, vel hostiles"; as some in Drusius; so Broughton. (d) "Navibus Ebeh", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius, Codurcus. (e) Lexic. Arab. p. 2.((f) "Naves arundinis", Michaelis, "navibus papyraceis", Schultens, Ikenius, in ib. (g) "involans in escam", Junius & Tremellius; "involat in escam", Piscator, Schultens. 26. swift ships—rather, canoes of reeds or papyrus skiffs, used on the Nile, swift from their lightness (Isa 18:2).9:25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great need to redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! How vain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yet time continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will be pleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having got worldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint of God, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, was the language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman, or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchased peace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust in his name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, we shall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter than snow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall be clothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May we learn the difference between justifying ourselves, and being thus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soul consider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadful gulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God would hear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought them to the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hard thoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come to Him who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises in nowise to cast them out.



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