Job 22:15
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English Standard Version
Will you keep to the old way that wicked men have trod?

King James Bible
Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

American Standard Version
Wilt thou keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dost thou desire to keep the path of ages, which wicked men have trodden?

English Revised Version
Wilt thou keep the old way which wicked men have trodden?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The man of the arm, זרוע, is in Eliphaz' mind Job himself. He has by degrees acquired the territory far and wide for himself, by having brought down the rightful possessors by open violence (Job 20:19), or even by cunning and unfeeling practices, and is not deterred by any threat of a curse (Job 15:28): לו הארץ, he looked upon it as his, and his it must become; and since with his possessions his authority increased, he planted himself firmly in it, filled it out alone, like a stout fellow who takes the room of all others away. Umbr., Hahn, and others think Job's partiality for power and rank is described in Job 22:8; but both assertions read straightforward, without any intimation of co-operation. The address is here only suspended, in order to describe the man as he was and is. The all-absorbing love of self regulated his dealings. In possession of the highest power and highest rank, he was not easy of access. Widows and orphans, that they might not perish, were obliged to turn suppliantly to him. But the widows he chased away with empty hands, and the arms of the orphans were crushed. From the address a turn is also here taken to an objective utterance turned from the person addressed, intended however for him; the construction is like מצות יעכל, unleavened bread is eaten, Exodus 13:7, according to Ew. 295, b. The arms are not conceived of as stretched out for help (which would rather be ידי), nor as demanding back their perverted right, but the crushing of the arms, as Psalm 37:17; Ezekiel 30:22, and frequently implies a total destruction of every power, support, and help, after the analogy of the Arabic phrase compared by Ges. in his Thes. pp. 268b, 433b. The arm, זרוע (Arab. ḏirâ‛, oftener ‛aḍud or sâ‛id), signifies power, Job 40:9, Psalm 57:1-11 :16; force and violence, Job 22:8, Job 35:9; self-help, and help from without, Psalm 83:9 (comp. Psalm 44:4). Whatever the orphans possessed of goods, honour, and help still available, is not merely broken, it is beaten into fragments.

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the old way

Genesis 6:5,11-13 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth...

Luke 17:26,27 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man...

Cross References
Job 34:8
who travels in company with evildoers and walks with wicked men?

Job 34:36
Would that Job were tried to the end, because he answers like wicked men.

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