Job 4:21
New International Version
Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'

New Living Translation
Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.

English Standard Version
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, do they not die, and that without wisdom?’

Berean Study Bible
Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’

King James Bible
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

New King James Version
Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.’

New American Standard Bible
‘Is their tent-cord not pulled out within them? They die, yet without wisdom.’

NASB 1995
'Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.'

NASB 1977
‘Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.’

Amplified Bible
‘Is not their tent-cord drawn up within them [so that the tent collapses]? Do they not die, and yet without [acquiring] wisdom?’

Christian Standard Bible
Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.

American Standard Version
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, he takes up their property from them, and their remnants among them will die, and not in wisdom.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For he blows upon them, and they are withered: they have perished for lack of wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
Your tent pegs are pulled up, and you leave this life, having gained no wisdom."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that shall be left, shall be taken away from them: they shall die, and not in wisdom.

English Revised Version
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? they die, and that without wisdom.

Good News Translation
All that we have is taken away; we die, still lacking wisdom."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Haven't the ropes of their tent been loosened? Won't they die without wisdom?

International Standard Version
Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

Literal Standard Version
Has their excellence not been removed with them? They die, and not in wisdom!”

NET Bible
Is not their excess wealth taken away from them? They die, yet without attaining wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
Isn't their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

World English Bible
Isn't their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

Young's Literal Translation
Hath not their excellency been removed with them? They die, and not in wisdom!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever. 21Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’

Cross References
Job 8:22
Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more."

Job 18:21
Surely such is the dwelling of the wicked and the place of one who does not know God."

Job 36:12
But if they do not obey, then they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

Proverbs 5:23
He dies for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.


Treasury of Scripture

Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

excellency.

Psalm 39:5,11
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah…

Psalm 49:14
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

Psalm 146:3,4
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…

die.

Job 36:12
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

Psalm 49:20
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Isaiah 2:22
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?









Verse 21. - Doth not their excellency which is in them go away! "Their excellency" (יתרם) would seem to mean that which is highest in them - their spirit, or soul. It does not make much difference if we translate, with the Old Testament Revisers" their tent-cord," since that would be merely a metaphor for the soul, which sustains the body as the tent-cord does the tent. What deserves especial remark is that the "excellency" does not perish; it goes away, departs, or is removed. They die, even without wisdom; literally, not in wisdom; i.e. not having learnt in the whole course of their lives that true wisdom which their life-trials were intended to teach them.





Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Are not their tent cords
יִתְרָ֣ם (yiṯ·rām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3499: An overhanging, an excess, superiority, remainder, a small rope

pulled up,
נִסַּ֣ע (nis·sa‘)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5265: To pull up, the tent-pins, start on a, journey

so that they die
יָ֝מ֗וּתוּ (yā·mū·ṯū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

without
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

wisdom?’
בְחָכְמָֽה׃ (ḇə·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2451: Wisdom


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