Job 24:21
New International Version
They prey on the barren and childless woman, and to the widow they show no kindness.

New Living Translation
They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.

English Standard Version
“They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow.

Berean Study Bible
They prey on the barren and childless, and show no kindness to the widow.

King James Bible
He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

New King James Version
For he preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.

New American Standard Bible
“He wrongs the infertile woman, And does no good for the widow.

NASB 1995
“He wrongs the barren woman And does no good for the widow.

NASB 1977
“He wrongs the barren woman, And does no good for the widow.

Amplified Bible
“He preys on the barren (childless) woman And does no good for the widow.

Christian Standard Bible
They prey on the childless woman who is unable to conceive, and do not deal kindly with the widow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They prey on the childless woman who is unable to conceive, and do not deal kindly with the widow.

American Standard Version
He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The barren evil woman shall not bear; they have not done good to the widow

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For he has not treated the barren woman well, and has had no pity on a feeble woman.

Contemporary English Version
Sinners take advantage of widows and other helpless women.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he hath fed the barren that beareth not, and to the widow he hath done no good.

English Revised Version
He devoureth the barren that beareth not; and doeth not good to the widow.

Good News Translation
That happens because they mistreated widows and showed no kindness to childless women.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These men take advantage of childless women. These men show no kindness to widows.

International Standard Version
"They prey on the barren woman, and do no favors for widows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He devoureth the barren that beareth not; And doeth not good to the widow.

Literal Standard Version
Treating evil the barren [who] does not bear, And he does no good [to] the widow,

NET Bible
He preys on the barren and childless woman, and does not treat the widow well.

New Heart English Bible
He devours the barren who do not bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.

World English Bible
He devours the barren who don't bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.

Young's Literal Translation
Treating evil the barren who beareth not, And to the widow he doth no good,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: Judgment for the Wicked
20The womb forgets them; the worm feeds on them; they are remembered no more. So injustice is like a broken tree. 21They prey on the barren and childless, and show no kindness to the widow. 22Yet by His power, God drags away the mighty; though rising up, they have no assurance of life.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 1:6
Because the LORD had closed Hannah's womb, her rival would provoke her and taunt her viciously.

Job 22:9
You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.


Treasury of Scripture

He evil entreats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow.

evil

1 Samuel 1:6,7
And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb…

doeth not

Job 24:3
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Job 29:13
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Job 31:16-18
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; …









Verse 21. - He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not. Oppressors of another class are perhaps here spoken of, or perhaps there is a mere return to the idea with which Job's enumeration opened (ver. 3), which was the oppression of the weaker and more defenceless classes. As barrenness in women was considered the greatest possible misfortune (1 Samuel 1:5-8; 1 Samuel 3:1-10), so oppressing one that was barren indicated extreme cruelty. And doeth not good to the widow; i.e. neglects to vindicate her cause - an admitted part of man's duty (see Job 22:9; Job 29:13; Job 31:16).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They prey
רֹעֶ֣ה (rō·‘eh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

on the barren
עֲ֭קָרָה (‘ă·qā·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 6135: Sterile

and childless,
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

and show no
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

kindness
יְיֵטִֽיב׃ (yə·yê·ṭîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

to the widow.
וְ֝אַלְמָנָ֗ה (wə·’al·mā·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 490: A widow, a desolate place


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