Job 12:18
New International Version
He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.

New Living Translation
He removes the royal robe of kings. They are led away with ropes around their waist.

English Standard Version
He looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips.

Berean Study Bible
He loosens the bonds placed by kings and fastens a belt around their waists.

King James Bible
He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

New King James Version
He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt.

New American Standard Bible
“He undoes the binding of kings, And ties a loincloth around their waist.

NASB 1995
“He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.

NASB 1977
“He loosens the bond of kings, And binds their loins with a girdle.

Amplified Bible
“He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a loincloth.

Christian Standard Bible
He releases the bonds put on by kings and fastens a belt around their waists.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He releases the bonds put on by kings and fastens a belt around their waists.

American Standard Version
He looseth the bond of kings, And he bindeth their loins with a girdle.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He brings down Kings to the gates and binds a belt on their waist

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He seats kings upon thrones, and girds their loins with a girdle.

Contemporary English Version
and makes slaves of kings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He looseth the belt of kings, and girdeth their loins with a cord.

English Revised Version
He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle.

Good News Translation
He dethrones kings and makes them prisoners;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He loosens kings' belts and strips them of their pants.

International Standard Version
He strips away the authority of kings to punish and puts them in prison clothes instead.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He looseth the bond of kings, And bindeth their loins with a girdle.

Literal Standard Version
He has opened the bands of kings, And He binds a girdle on their loins.

NET Bible
He loosens the bonds of kings and binds a loincloth around their waist.

New Heart English Bible
He loosens the bond of kings. He binds their waist with a belt.

World English Bible
He loosens the bond of kings. He binds their waist with a belt.

Young's Literal Translation
The bands of kings He hath opened, And He bindeth a girdle on their loins.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Responds to Zophar
17He leads counselors away barefoot and makes fools of judges. 18He loosens the bonds placed by kings and fastens a belt around their waists. 19He leads priests away barefoot and overthrows the established.…

Cross References
Matthew 3:4
John wore a garment of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Job 3:14
with kings and counselors of the earth, who built for themselves cities now in ruins,

Job 12:21
He pours out contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.

Psalm 116:16
Truly, O LORD, I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have broken my bonds.

Isaiah 5:27
None of them grows weary or stumbles; no one slumbers or sleeps. No belt is loose and no sandal strap is broken.

Daniel 2:21
He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.


Treasury of Scripture

He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle.

2 Chronicles 33:11-14
Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon…

Jeremiah 52:31-34
And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison, …

Daniel 2:21
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:









(18) He looseth the bond of kings.--He looseth the confederacy of kings, by which they bind themselves together, and girdeth them to fight against each other. Some understand it of the girdle of servitude in contrast to the girdle of state.

Verse 18. - He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. This may either mean that God at his pleasure both looses kings from captivity, and also binds them with a cord and causes them to be carried away captive; or that he looses the authority which kings have over their subjects, and then lets them be carried away captive by their enemies. The latter is perhaps the more probable sense.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He loosens
פִּתֵּ֑חַ (pit·tê·aḥ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

the bonds
מוּסַ֣ר (mū·sar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

placed by kings
מְלָכִ֣ים (mə·lā·ḵîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4428: A king

and fastens
וַיֶּאְסֹ֥ר (way·ye’·sōr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 631: To yoke, hitch, to fasten, to join battle

a belt
אֵ֝ז֗וֹר (’ê·zō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 232: Something girt, a belt, a band

around their waists.
בְּמָתְנֵיהֶֽם׃ (bə·mā·ṯə·nê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - mdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4975: The waist, small of the back, the loins


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