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.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he shall break down, and it shall not be built again; he shall shut up a man, and no one shall be able to open unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

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

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

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

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.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he breaketh down, and it is not built again; he shutteth up a man, and there is no opening.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

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.
Study Bible
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 will shut; and what He shuts, no one will 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 of the house of David. What he opens, no one can shut; what he shuts, no one can open.

Isaiah 25:2
Indeed, You have turned the city into a heap of rubble, a fortified town into ruins; 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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Lexicon
What
הֵ֣ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

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

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

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

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

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

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

be released.
יִפָּתֵֽחַ׃ (yip·pā·ṯê·aḥ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve
(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. 12:12-25 This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs of the children of men, according to the counsel of His own will, which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, who differ about lesser things, would see how it is for their honour and comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon the great things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, or reflections. He gives many instances of God's powerful management of the children of men, overruling all their counsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having all strength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of those who are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom and so little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusion and ruin long ago. These important truths were suited to convince the disputants that they were out of their depth in attempting to assign the Lord's reasons for afflicting Job; his ways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Let us remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word of God, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty: but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that the Lord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who but the Lord could have known that this one event was the salvation of the world?
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