Job 4:7
New International Version
"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?

New Living Translation
“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?

English Standard Version
“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?

Berean Study Bible
Consider now, I plead: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Or where have the upright been destroyed?

King James Bible
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

New King James Version
“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?

New American Standard Bible
“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?

NASB 1995
"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?

NASB 1977
“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?

Amplified Bible
“Remember now, who, being innocent, ever perished? Or where [and in what circumstances] were those upright and in right standing with God destroyed?

Christian Standard Bible
Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Consider: who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?

American Standard Version
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Remember now, who is innocent that is destroyed, and where are the upright who were put to shame?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Remember then who has perished, being pure? or when were the true-hearted utterly destroyed?

Contemporary English Version
No truly innocent person has ever died young.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or when were the just destroyed?

English Revised Version
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the upright cut off?

Good News Translation
Think back now. Name a single case where someone righteous met with disaster.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Now think about this: Which innocent person [ever] died [an untimely death]? Find me a decent person who has been destroyed.

International Standard Version
Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

Literal Standard Version
Now remember, "" Who, being innocent, has perished? And where have the upright been cut off?

NET Bible
Call to mind now: Who, being innocent, ever perished? And where were upright people ever destroyed?

New Heart English Bible
"Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

World English Bible
"Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

Young's Literal Translation
Remember, I pray thee, Who, being innocent, hath perished? And where have the upright been cut off?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
6Is your reverence not your confidence, and the uprightness of your ways your hope? 7Consider now, I plead: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Or where have the upright been destroyed? 8As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.…

Cross References
Job 8:20
Behold, God does not reject the blameless, nor will He strengthen the hand of evildoers.

Job 36:6
He does not keep the wicked alive, but He grants justice to the afflicted.

Job 36:7
He does not take His eyes off the righteous, but He enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.

Psalm 37:25
I once was young and now am old, yet never have I seen the righteous abandoned or their children begging for bread.


Treasury of Scripture

Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

who ever.

Job 9:22,23
This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked…

Psalm 37:25
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Ecclesiastes 7:15
All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.









(7) Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent?--He challenges Job's experience, and quotes his own in proof of the universal connection between sin and suffering. In so doing, his object may be to insinuate that Job is sinful; or, as seems perhaps more probable, and certainly more gracious, to prove to him that if he is what he was supposed to be, that itself is a ground of hope, inasmuch as no innocent person is allowed to perish. He utters here a half-truth, which, however, is after all true, inasmuch as God will never fail, though He may try, those who trust in Him.

Verse 7. - Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? The heart of the matter is now approached. Job is called upon to "remember" the long-established moral axiom, that only evil-doing brings down upon men calamities, and that therefore, where calamities fall, them must be precedent wickedness. If he does not admit this, he-is challenged to bring forward examples, or even a single example, of suffering innocence. If he does admit it, he is left to apply the axiom to himself. Or where were the righteous cut off? Was the example of "righteous Abel" (Matthew 23:35) unknown to Eliphaz? And had he really never seen that noblest of all sights, the good man struggling with adversity? One would imagine it impossible to attain old age, in the world wherein we live, without becoming convinced by our own observation that good and evil, prosperity and adversity, are not distributed in this life according to moral desert; but a preconceived notion of what ought to have been seems here, as elsewhere so often in the field of speculation, to have blinded men to the actual facts of the case, and driven them to invent explanations of the facts, which militated against their theories, of the most absurdly artificial character. To account for the sufferings of the righteous, the explanation of "secret sins" was introduced, and it was argued that, where affliction seemed to fall on the good man, his goodness was not real goodness - it was a counterfeit, a sham - the fabric of moral excellence, so fair to view, was honeycombed by secret vices, to which the seemingly good man was a prey. Of course, if the afflictions wore abnormal, extraordinary, then the secret sins must be of a most heinous and horrible kind to deserve such a terrible retribution. This is what Eliphaz hints to be the solution in Job's case. God has seen his secret sins - he has "set them in the light of his countenance" (Psalm 90:8) - and is punishing them openly. Job's duty is to humble himself before God, to confess, repent, and amend. Then, and then only, may he hope that God will remove his hand, and put an end to his sufferings

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Consider
זְכָר־ (zə·ḵār-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

now:
נָ֗א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

Who
מִ֤י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

has perished
אָבָ֑ד (’ā·ḇāḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

when
ה֣וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

he was innocent?
נָקִ֣י (nā·qî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5355: Clean, free from, exempt

Or where
וְ֝אֵיפֹ֗ה (wə·’ê·p̄ōh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 375: What place?, when?, how?

were the upright
יְשָׁרִ֥ים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 3477: Straight, right

destroyed?
נִכְחָֽדוּ׃ (niḵ·ḥā·ḏū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3582: To secrete, by act, word, to destroy


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