Job 24:24
New International Version
For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.

New Living Translation
And though they are great now, in a moment they will be gone like all others, cut off like heads of grain.

English Standard Version
They are exalted a little while, and then are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like the heads of grain.

Berean Study Bible
They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.

King James Bible
They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

New King James Version
They are exalted for a little while, Then they are gone. They are brought low; They are taken out of the way like all others; They dry out like the heads of grain.

New American Standard Bible
“They are exalted a little while, then they are gone; Moreover, they are brought low, and like everything they are gathered up; Like the heads of grain they wither.

NASB 1995
“They are exalted a little while, then they are gone; Moreover, they are brought low and like everything gathered up; Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.

NASB 1977
“They are exalted a little while, then they are gone; Moreover, they are brought low and like everything gathered up; Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.

Amplified Bible
“They are exalted for a little while, and then they are gone; Moreover, they are brought low and like everything [they are] gathered up and taken out of the way; Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.

Christian Standard Bible
They are exalted for a moment, then gone; they are brought low and shrivel up like everything else. They wither like heads of grain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and shrivel up like everything else. They wither like heads of grain.

American Standard Version
They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They will be lifted up a little and they are not, and they will be humbled and all the provokers will be destroyed, and like the head of blades of wheat they dry out and will be crumbled

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For his exaltation has hurt many; but he has withered as mallows in the heat, or as an ear of corn falling off of itself from the stalk.

Contemporary English Version
Great for a while; gone forever! Sinners are mowed down like weeds, then they wither and die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are lifted up for a little while and shall not stand, and shall be brought down as all things, and shall be taken away, and as the tops of the ears of corn they shall be broken.

English Revised Version
They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; yea, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all other, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

Good News Translation
For a while the wicked prosper, but then they wither like weeds, like stalks of grain that have been cut down.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Such people] may be prosperous for a little while, but then they're gone. They are brought down low and disappear like everything else. They wither like heads of grain.

International Standard Version
They're exalted momentarily, but then they are gone; they are humbled, just like all the others. They are cut down like heads of corn.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They are exalted for a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are gathered in as all others, And wither as the tops of the ears of corn.

Literal Standard Version
They were high [for] a little, and they are not, And they have been brought low. They are shut up as all [others], And cut off as the head of an ear of grain.

NET Bible
They are exalted for a little while, and then they are gone, they are brought low like all others, and gathered in, and like a head of grain they are cut off.'

New Heart English Bible
They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone. Yes, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.

World English Bible
They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone. Yes, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.

Young's Literal Translation
High they were for a little, and they are not, And they have been brought low. As all others they are shut up, And as the head of an ear of corn cut off.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: Judgment for the Wicked
23He gives them a sense of security, but His eyes are on their ways. 24They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain. 25If this is not so, then who can prove me a liar and reduce my words to nothing?”…

Cross References
Job 14:21
If his sons receive honor, he does not know it; if they are brought low, he is unaware.

Job 21:33
The clods of the valley are sweet to him; everyone follows behind him, and those before him are without number.

Psalm 37:10
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.


Treasury of Scripture

They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

are exalted

Job 20:5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Psalm 37:10,35,36
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be

Psalm 73:19
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

gone.

Job 8:22
They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

taken out.

Isaiah 17:5,6
And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim…

Revelation 14:14-20
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle…









Verse 24. - They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; rather, they are exalted: after a little while they are gone they are brought low. Job has to admit that death comes upon wicked men at last; but he minimizes the terrors of their death, and exaggerates its alleviations. First, it comes on them when they have risen to eminence, have gained themselves a reputation, and "are exalted." Next, it is sudden and painless, preceded by no long, lingering illness, but just a sinking into non-existence; a tranquil passing away. Thirdly, it is at a ripe age, when they have reached the full term of human life, and are as ears of corn ripe for the harvest. Further, it is the common fate: They are taken out of the way as all other (comp. Job 9:22; Job 21:13), and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. We may gather from this expression that the reaping in the land of Uz was conducted in Job's time much in the same way as it was in Egypt under the early Pharaohs, viz. by cutting the stalk with a sharp sickle almost immediately below the ear, and collecting the ears in baskets (see the author's 'Hist. of Ancient Egypt,' vol. 1. p. 162; and his 'Herodotus,' vol. 2. p. 59, 3rd edit.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They are exalted
ר֤וֹמּוּ (rō·wm·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7426: To be exalted

for a moment,
מְּעַ֨ט ׀ (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few

then they are gone;
וְֽאֵינֶ֗נּוּ (wə·’ê·nen·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | third person masculine singular
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

they are brought low
וְֽהֻמְּכ֗וּ (wə·hum·mə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hofal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 4355: To be low or humiliated

and gathered up
יִקָּפְצ֑וּן (yiq·qā·p̄ə·ṣūn)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 7092: To draw together, close, to leap, to die

like all others;
כַּכֹּ֥ל (kak·kōl)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

they are cut off
יִמָּֽלוּ׃ (yim·mā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5243: Branch to be cut down off, circumcise

like heads
וּכְרֹ֖אשׁ (ū·ḵə·rōš)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7218: The head

of grain.
שִׁבֹּ֣לֶת (šib·bō·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7641: A stream, an ear of grain, a branch


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