Job 4:8
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New International Version
As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.

New Living Translation
My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.

English Standard Version
As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

Berean Study Bible
As I have observed, those who plow iniquity, and those who sow trouble, reap the same.

New American Standard Bible
"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.

King James Bible
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Christian Standard Bible
In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.

Contemporary English Version
In my experience, only those who plant seeds of evil harvest trouble,

Good News Translation
I have seen people plow fields of evil and plant wickedness like seed; now they harvest wickedness and evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.

International Standard Version
It's been my experience that those who plow the soil of iniquity and those who sow the seed of trouble will reap their harvest!

NET Bible
Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.

New Heart English Bible
According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever I saw those who plowed wickedness and planted misery, they gathered its harvest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow mischief, reap the same.

New American Standard 1977
“According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even as I have seen, those that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same.

King James 2000 Bible
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

American King James Version
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

American Standard Version
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble, reap the same.

Douay-Rheims Bible
On the contrary I have seen those who work iniquity, and sow sorrows, and reap them,

Darby Bible Translation
Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity and sow mischief, reap the same.

English Revised Version
According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

World English Bible
According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.

Young's Literal Translation
As I have seen -- ploughers of iniquity, And sowers of misery, reap it!
Study Bible
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
7Consider now: Who has perished when he was innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed? 8As I have observed, those who plow iniquity, and those who sow trouble, reap the same. 9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.…
Cross References
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.

Galatians 6:8
The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Job 15:31
Let him not deceive himself with trust in emptiness, for emptiness will be his reward.

Job 15:35
They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb prepares deceit."

Psalm 7:15
He has dug a hole and hollowed it out; he has fallen into the pit of his making.

Proverbs 1:31
So they will eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 22:8
He who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

Isaiah 17:11
though on the day you plant you make them grow, and on that morning you help your seed sprout--yet the harvest will vanish on the day of disease and incurable pain.

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your mighty men,

Treasury of Scripture

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

they that plow.

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Jeremiah 4:18 Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this …

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

Hosea 10:12,13 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your …

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …







(8) They that plow iniquity.--Comp. Galatians 6:7-8; and comp. also the strange expression of Isaiah 5:18.

Verse 8. - Even as I have seen; rather, according as I have seen - so far, that is, as my observation goes (see the Revised Version, which is supported by Professor Lee and Canon Cook). They that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same (comp. Proverbs 22:8; Hosea 8:7; Hosea 10:13; Galatians 6:7, 8). The words translated "iniquity" and "wickedness" express in the original both moral and physical evil. Men sew the one and reap the other. Eliphaz extends this general rule into a universal law, or, at any rate, declares that he has never known an exception. He has not, therefore, been grieved and perplexed, like David, by "seeing the ungodly in such prosperity" (Psalm 73:3). He would seem not to have been a man of very keen observation. Even as I have seen,.... Here he goes about to prove, by his own experience, the destruction of wicked men; and would intimate, that Job was such an one, because of the ruin he was fallen into:

they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same; figurative expressions, denoting that such who devise iniquity in their hearts, form and plan schemes of it in their minds, signified by "plowing iniquity", and who were studious and diligent to put into practice what they devised; who took a great deal of pains to commit sin, and were constant at it, expressed by "sowing wickedness": these sooner or later eat the fruit of their doings, are punished in proportion to their crimes, even in this life, as well as hereafter, see Hosea 8:7 Galatians 6:7; though a Jewish commentator (b) observes, that the thought of sin is designed by the first phrase; the endeavour to bring it into action by the second; and the finishing of the work, or the actual commission of the evil, by the third; the punishment thereof being what is expressed in Job 4:9; the Targum applies this to the generation of the flood.

(b) R. Simeon Bar Tzemach. 8. they that plough iniquity … reap the same—(Pr 22:8; Ho 8:7; 10:13; Ga 6:7, 8).4:7-11 Eliphaz argues, 1. That good men were never thus ruined. But there is one event both to the righteous and to the wicked, Ec 9:2, both in life and death; the great and certain difference is after death. Our worst mistakes are occasioned by drawing wrong views from undeniable truths. 2. That wicked men were often thus ruined: for the proof of this, Eliphaz vouches his own observation. We may see the same every day.
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