Job 12:14
New International Version
What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.

New Living Translation
What he destroys cannot be rebuilt. When he puts someone in prison, there is no escape.

English Standard Version
If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.

Berean Study Bible
What He tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man He imprisons cannot be released.

King James Bible
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

New King James Version
If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.

New American Standard Bible
“Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a person, and there is no release.

NASB 1995
“Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

NASB 1977
“Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

Amplified Bible
“Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

Christian Standard Bible
Whatever he tears down cannot be rebuilt; whoever he imprisons cannot be released.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt; whoever He imprisons cannot be released.

American Standard Version
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold if He casts down, who builds up, and if he shuts up the face of a man, who opens?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If he should cast down, who will build up? if he should shut up against man, who shall open?

Contemporary English Version
No one can rebuild what he destroys, or release those he has imprisoned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he pull down, there is no man that can build up: if he shut up a. man, there is none that can open.

English Revised Version
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Good News Translation
When God tears down, who can rebuild, and who can free those God imprisons?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he tears [something] down, it cannot be rebuilt. When he puts someone in prison, that person cannot be freed.

International Standard Version
When he tears down, nobody rebuilds; when he incarcerates, nobody escapes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Literal Standard Version
Behold, He breaks down, and it is not built up, He shuts against a man, And it is not opened.

NET Bible
If he tears down, it cannot be rebuilt; if he imprisons a person, there is no escape.

New Heart English Bible
Look, he breaks down, and it can't be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

World English Bible
Behold, he breaks down, and it can't be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He breaketh down, and it is not built up, He shutteth against a man, And it is not opened.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Responds to Zophar
13Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His. 14What He tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man He imprisons cannot be released. 15If He holds back the waters, they dry up, and if He releases them, they overwhelm the land.…

Cross References
Revelation 3:7
To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the One who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.

Job 19:10
He tears me down on every side until I am gone; He uproots my hope like a tree.

Job 37:7
He seals up the hand of every man, so that all men may know His work.

Isaiah 22:22
I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

Isaiah 25:2
Indeed, You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin. The fortress of strangers is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Ezekiel 26:14
I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread the fishing nets. You will never be rebuilt, for I, the LORD, have spoken, declares the Lord GOD.'


Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

he breaketh

Job 9:12,13
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? …

Job 11:10
If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

Isaiah 14:23
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.

he shutteth

Job 16:11
God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

1 Samuel 17:46
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

1 Samuel 24:18
And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.

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(14) Behold, he breaketh down . . .--God has equal power over the moral and physical world.

Verse 14. - Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again. Professor Lee thinks that the allusion is to the cities of the plain (Genesis 19:24-29). But the sentiment is so general, that we may well doubt if particular instances were in Job's mind. At any rate, the destructive agencies of nature must be as much included as any supernatural acts. He shutteth up a man (comp. Job 11:10). God "shuts up" men when be hedges them in with calamities or other circumstances, which take away from them all freedom of action (Job 3:23; Job 19:8) When he does this, the result follows - There can be no opening. No other power can give release.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
What
הֵ֣ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

He tears down
יַ֭הֲרוֹס (ya·hă·rō·ws)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2040: To pull down, in pieces, break, & destroy

cannot
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be rebuilt;
יִבָּנֶ֑ה (yib·bā·neh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1129: To build

the man
אִ֝֗ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

He imprisons
יִסְגֹּ֥ר (yis·gōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5462: To shut up, to surrender

cannot
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be released.
יִפָּתֵֽחַ׃ (yip·pā·ṯê·aḥ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve


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