Job 18:13
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English Standard Version
It consumes the parts of his skin; the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.

King James Bible
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

American Standard Version
The members of his body shall be devoured, Yea , the first-born of death shall devour his members.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let it devour the beauty of his skin, let the firstborn death consume his arms.

English Revised Version
It shall devour the members of his body, yea, the firstborn of death shall devour his members.

Webster's Bible Translation
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the first-born of death shall devour his strength.

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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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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

strength. Heb. bars

Job 17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever...

the firstborn

Genesis 49:3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

Isaiah 14:30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill your root with famine...

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him...

Cross References
Genesis 31:15
Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money.

Zechariah 14:12
And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

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