Job 34:30
New International Version
to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.

New Living Translation
He prevents the godless from ruling so they cannot be a snare to the people.

English Standard Version
that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.

Berean Study Bible
that godless men should not rule or lay snares for the people.

New American Standard Bible
So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people.

King James Bible
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

Christian Standard Bible
so that godless men should not rule or ensnare the people.

Contemporary English Version
But still, he punishes rulers who abuse their people.

Good News Translation
There would be nothing that nations could do to keep godless oppressors from ruling them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that godless men should not rule or ensnare the people.

International Standard Version
to keep the godless man from reigning or laying a snare for the people."

NET Bible
so that the godless man should not rule, and not lay snares for the people.

New Heart English Bible
that the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[He does this] so that godless people cannot rule and so that they cannot trap people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

New American Standard 1977
So that godless men should not rule, Nor be snares of the people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the hypocrite not reign, lest the people be ensnared.

King James 2000 Bible
That the hypocrite reigns not, lest the people be ensnared.

American King James Version
That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

American Standard Version
That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
causing a hypocrite to be king, because of the waywardness of the people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who maketh a man that is a hypocrite to reign for the sins of the people?

Darby Bible Translation
That the ungodly man reign not, that the people be not ensnared.

English Revised Version
That the godless man reign not, that there be none to ensnare the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
That the hypocrite may not reign, lest the people should be ensnared.

World English Bible
that the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.

Young's Literal Translation
From the reigning of a profane man, From the snares of a people;
Study Bible
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
29But when He remains silent, who can condemn Him? When He hides His face, who can see Him? Yet He watches over both man and nation, 30that godless men should not rule or lay snares for the people. 31Suppose someone says to God, ‘I have endured my punishment; I will offend no more.…
Cross References
Job 5:15
He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth and from the clutches of the powerful.

Job 20:5
the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary?

Job 34:17
Could one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One,

Job 34:29
But when He remains silent, who can condemn Him? When He hides His face, who can see Him? Yet He watches over both man and nation,

Job 34:31
Suppose someone says to God, 'I have endured my punishment; I will offend no more.

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Treasury of Scripture

That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

Job 34:21
For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

1 Kings 12:28-30
Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt…

2 Kings 21:9
But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.







Lexicon
that godless
חָנֵ֗ף (ḥā·nêp̄)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2611: Profane, irreligious

men
אָדָ֥ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

should not rule
מִ֭מְּלֹךְ (mim·mə·lōḵ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 4427: To reign, inceptively, to ascend the throne, to induct into royalty, to take counsel

or lay snares
מִמֹּ֥קְשֵׁי (mim·mō·qə·šê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4170: A bait or lure, a snare

for the people.
עָֽם׃ (‘ām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock
(30) That the hypocrite reign not.--Rather, (whether God is provoked), on account of an ungodly man reigning, or by the snares of a whole people: i.e., the corruption of a nation, e.g., Sodom, &c.

Verse 30. - That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared; rather, that an ungodly man reign not, that a people be not a snare. (So Schultens, Professor Lee, and others.) The passage is obscure from its brevity; but this seems to be the best sense. God withdraws his favour from an ungodly king or from a wicked nation, that the king may cease to injure men by his rule, and the nation cease to be a snare to its neighbours. 34:16-30 Elihu appeals directly to Job himself. Could he suppose that God was like those earthly princes, who hate right, who are unfit to rule, and prove the scourges of mankind? It is daring presumption to condemn God's proceedings, as Job had done by his discontents. Elihu suggests divers considerations to Job, to produce in him high thoughts of God, and so to persuade him to submit. Job had often wished to plead his cause before God. Elihu asks, To what purpose? All is well that God does, and will be found so. What can make those uneasy, whose souls dwell at ease in God? The smiles of all the world cannot quiet those on whom God frowns.
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