Job 4:8
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English Standard Version
As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

King James Bible
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

American Standard Version
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble, reap the same.

Douay-Rheims Bible
On the contrary I have seen those who work iniquity, and sow sorrows, and reap them,

English Revised Version
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 If one attempts a word with thee, will it grieve thee?

And still to restrain himself from words, who is able?

3 Behold, thou hast instructed many,

And the weak hands thou hast strengthened.

4 The stumbling turned to thy words,

And the sinking knees thou hast strengthened.

5 But now it cometh to thee, thou art grieved;

Now it toucheth thee, thou despondest.

The question with which Eliphaz beings, is certainly one of those in which the tone of interrogation falls on the second of the paratactically connected sentences: Wilt thou, if we speak to thee, feel it unbearable? Similar examples are Job 4:21; Numbers 16:22; Jeremiah 8:4; and with interrogative Wherefore? Isaiah 5:4; Isaiah 50:2 : comp. the similar paratactic union of sentences, Job 2:10; Job 3:11. The question arises here, whether נסּה is an Aramaic form of writing for נשּׂא (as the Masora in distinction from Deuteronomy 4:34 takes it), and also either future, Wilt thou, if we raise, i.e., utter, etc.; or passive, as Ewald formerly,

(Note: In the second edition, comp. Jahrb. ix. 37, he explains it otherwise: "If we attempt a word with thee, will it be grievous to thee quod aegre feras?" But that, however, must be נסּה; the form נסּה can only be third pers. Piel: If any one attempts, etc., which, according to Ewald's construction, gives no suitable rendering.)

If a word is raised, i.e., uttered, דּבר נשׂא, like משׁל נשׂא, Job 27:1; or whether it is third pers. Piel, with the signification, attempt, tentare, Ecclesiastes 7:23. The last is to be preferred, because more admissible and also more expressive. נסּה followed by the fut. is a hypothetic praet., Supposing that, etc., wilt thou, etc., as e.g., Job 23:10. מלּין is the Aramaic plur. of מלּה, which is more frequent in the book of Job than the Hebrew plur. מלּים. The futt., Job 4:3., because following the perf., are like imperfects in the western languages: the expression is like Isaiah 35:3. In עתּה כּי, Job 4:5, כּי has a temporal signification, Now when, Ges. 155, 1, e, (b).

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they that plow.

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood...

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Jeremiah 4:18 Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this is your wickedness, because it is bitter...

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield...

Hosea 10:12,13 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD...

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap...

Cross References
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Galatians 6:8
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Job 15:31
Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.

Job 15:35
They conceive trouble and give birth to evil, and their womb prepares deceit."

Psalm 7:15
He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.

Proverbs 1:31
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.

Proverbs 22:8
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

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