Job 15:20
New International Version
All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.

New Living Translation
"The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives. Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.

English Standard Version
The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.

Berean Study Bible
A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; only a few years are reserved for the ruthless.

New American Standard Bible
"The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.

King James Bible
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

Christian Standard Bible
A wicked person writhes in pain all his days, throughout the number of years reserved for the ruthless.

Contemporary English Version
But suffering is in store each day for those who sin.

Good News Translation
The wicked who oppress others will be in torment as long as they live.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; only a few years are reserved for the ruthless.

International Standard Version
"The wicked person writhes in pain throughout his life, a number of years has been reserved for the ruthless.

NET Bible
All his days the wicked man suffers torment, throughout the number of the years that are stored up for the tyrant.

New Heart English Bible
the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The wicked person is tortured all his days. Only a few years are reserved for the ruthless person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

New American Standard 1977
“The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden from the violent.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden for the oppressor.

American King James Version
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

American Standard Version
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
All the life of the ungodly is spent in care, and the years granted to the oppressor are numbered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man is proud all his days, and the number of the years of his tyranny is uncertain.

Darby Bible Translation
All his days the wicked man is tormented, and numbered years are allotted to the violent.

English Revised Version
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

World English Bible
the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Young's Literal Translation
'All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
19to whom alone the land was given when no foreigner passed among them: 20A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; only a few years are reserved for the ruthless. 21Sounds of terror fill his ears; in his prosperity the destroyer attacks him.…
Cross References
Job 15:19
to whom alone the land was given when no foreigner passed among them:

Job 15:24
Distress and anguish terrify him, overwhelming him like a king poised to attack.

Job 24:1
Why does the Almighty not reserve times for judgment? Why may those who know Him never see His days?

Job 27:13
This is the wicked man's portion from God--the heritage the ruthless receive from the Almighty.

Treasury of Scripture

The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

travaileth

Romans 8:22
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Ecclesiastes 9:3
This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

the number

Psalm 90:3,4,12
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men…

Luke 12:19-21
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry…

James 5:1-6
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you







Lexicon
A wicked
רָ֭שָׁע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

man writhes in pain
מִתְחוֹלֵ֑ל (miṯ·ḥō·w·lêl)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2342: To twist, whirl, to dance, to writhe in pain, fear, to wait, to pervert

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

his
ה֣וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

days;
יְמֵ֣י (yə·mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

only a few
וּמִסְפַּ֥ר (ū·mis·par)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

years
שָׁ֝נִ֗ים (nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8141: A year

are reserved
נִצְפְּנ֥וּ (niṣ·pə·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6845: To hide, to hoard, reserve, to deny, to protect, to lurk

for the ruthless.
לֶעָרִֽיץ׃ (le·‘ā·rîṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6184: Awe-inspiring, terror-striking
(20) Travaileth with pain.--This and the following verses contain the result of this experience. Here, again, we have a highly-coloured and poetical description of the oppressor, true to the character of the speaker in Job 4:12, &c. We should read Job 15:20 : The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. It is not an independent statement, as in the Authorised Version. A sound of terror is for ever in his ears lest the spoiler should come upon him in his prosperity--he always seems to dread his war-swoop. And this condition of darkness within, which contrasts so painfully with his outward prosperity, he sees no escape from; he is over in fear of a sword hanging over him, like Damocles.

Verses 20-35. - Schultens calls this "a magnificently elaborate oration, crowded with illustrations and metaphors, in which it is shown that the wicked cannot possibly escape being miserable, but that the punishment which they have so richly deserved assuredly awaits them, and is to be inflicted on them, as an example and terror to others, by a holy and just God, because, just as he loves virtue, so he pursues vice with a fierce and deadly hatred" ('Liber Jobi,' p. 104, edit. R. Grey). Verse 20. - The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days. Certainly an over-statement of the truth. With a much nearer approach to the facts of the case, the Psalmist remarked, "I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in such prosperity. For they are in no peril of death, but are lusty and strong. They come in no misfortune like other folk; neither are they plagued like other men" (Psalm 73:3-5). And the number of years is hidden to the oppressor; rather, even the number of years that is laid up for the oppressor. So Merx and the Revised Version. Another possible meaning is, "And a [small] number of years is laid up," etc. If we take the former view, we must regard the clause as exegetical of "all his days." 15:17-35 Eliphaz maintains that the wicked are certainly miserable: whence he would infer, that the miserable are certainly wicked, and therefore Job was so. But because many of God's people have prospered in this world, it does not therefore follow that those who are crossed and made poor, as Job, are not God's people. Eliphaz shows also that wicked people, particularly oppressors, are subject to continual terror, live very uncomfortably, and perish very miserably. Will the prosperity of presumptuous sinners end miserably as here described? Then let the mischiefs which befal others, be our warnings. Though no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness to them that are exercised thereby. No calamity, no trouble, however heavy, however severe, can rob a follower of the Lord of his favour. What shall separate him from the love of Christ?
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