Job 27:14
New International Version
However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.

New Living Translation
They may have many children, but the children will die in war or starve to death.

English Standard Version
If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread.

Berean Study Bible
Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; and his offspring will never have enough food.

King James Bible
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

New King James Version
If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

New American Standard Bible
Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.

NASB 1995
"Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.

NASB 1977
“Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.

Amplified Bible
Though his children are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not have sufficient bread.

Christian Standard Bible
Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword; his descendants will never have enough food.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword; his descendants will never have enough food.

American Standard Version
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If their children will be multiplied for the sword and their offspring, they will not be filled with bread

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if their children be many, they shall be for slaughter: and if they grow up, they shall beg.

Contemporary English Version
They may have many children, but most of them will go hungry or suffer a violent death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If his sons be multiplied, they shall be for the sword, and his grandsons shall not be filled with bread.

English Revised Version
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

Good News Translation
They may have many sons, but all will be killed in war; their children never have enough to eat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If he has many children, swords will kill them, and his descendants won't have enough food.

International Standard Version
If he has many children, their destiny is to die by the sword, and his descendants won't have enough food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not have bread enough.

Literal Standard Version
If his sons multiply—a sword [is] for them. And his offspring [are] not satisfied [with] bread.

NET Bible
If his children increase--it is for the sword! His offspring never have enough to eat.

New Heart English Bible
If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

World English Bible
If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

Young's Literal Translation
If his sons multiply -- for them is a sword. And his offspring are not satisfied with bread.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Wicked Man's Portion
13This is the wicked man’s portion from God—the heritage the ruthless receive from the Almighty. 14Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; and his offspring will never have enough food. 15His survivors will be buried by the plague, and their widows will not weep for them.…

Cross References
Job 4:11
The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

Job 15:22
He despairs of his return from darkness; he is marked for the sword.

Job 18:19
He has no offspring or posterity among his people, no survivor where he once lived.

Job 20:10
His sons will seek the favor of the poor, for his own hands must return his wealth.


Treasury of Scripture

If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

children

Job 21:11,12
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance…

Deuteronomy 28:32,41
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand…

2 Kings 9:7,8
And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel…

his offspring

1 Samuel 2:5
They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.









Verse 14. - If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword. Among the items of prosperity which Job had assigned to the wicked man in one of his previous discourses (Job 21:8, 11) was a numerous and flourishing offspring. Now he feels forced to admit that, frequently at any rate, this flourishing offspring is overtaken by calamity (Job 21:19) - it falls by the sword, either in predatory warfare, to which it was bred up, or as the consequence of a blood-feud inherited from its progenitor. They who "take the sword," either in their own persons or in their posterity, "perish with the sword." And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. If they escape this fate, then, mostly, they fall into poverty, and suffer want, no one caring to relieve them, since they have an ill reputation, the memory of their parent's wickedness clinging to them long after his decease.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Though
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

his sons
בָנָ֣יו (ḇā·nāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

are many,
יִרְבּ֣וּ (yir·bū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7235: To be or become much, many or great

they are destined for
לְמוֹ־ (lə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's 3926: To or foreign

the sword;
חָ֑רֶב (ḥā·reḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

and his offspring
וְ֝צֶאֱצָאָ֗יו (wə·ṣe·’ĕ·ṣā·’āw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6631: Issue, offspring, produce

will never
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

have enough
יִשְׂבְּעוּ־ (yiś·bə·‘ū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7646: To be sated, satisfied or surfeited

food.
לָֽחֶם׃ (lā·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain


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