Job 18:12
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English Standard Version
His strength is famished, and calamity is ready for his stumbling.

King James Bible
His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

American Standard Version
His strength shall be hunger-bitten, And calamity shall be ready at his side.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let his strength be wasted with famine, and let hunger invade his ribs.

English Revised Version
His strength shall be hunger-bitten and calamity shall be ready for his halting.

Webster's Bible Translation
His strength shall be hunger-bitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

גּם is here equivalent to nevertheless, or prop. even, ὅμως, as e.g., Psalm 129:2 (Ew. 354, a). The light of the evil-doer goes out, and the comfortable brightness and warmth which the blaze (שׁביב, only here as a Hebr. word; according to Raschi and others, tincelle, a spark; but according to lxx, Theod., Syr., Jer., a flame; Targ. the brightness of light) of his fire in his dwelling throws out, comes to an end. In one word, as the praet. חשׁך implies, the light in his tent is changed into darkness; and his lamp above him, i.e., the lamp hanging from the covering of his tent (Job 29:3, comp. Job 21:17), goes out. When misfortune breaks in upon him, the Arab says: ed-dahru attfaa es-sirâgi, fate has put out my lamp; this figure of the decline of prosperity receives here a fourfold application. The figure of straitening one's steps is just as Arabic as it is biblical; צעדי אונו, the steps of his strength (און synon. of כּח, Job 40:16) become narrow (comp. Proverbs 4:12, Arab. takâssarat), by the wide space which he could pass over with a self-confident feeling of power becoming more and more contracted; and the purpose formed selfishly and without any recognition of God, the success of which he considered infallible, becomes his overthrow.

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Cross References
Job 31:3
Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity?

Isaiah 8:21
They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward.

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