Job 4:9
New International Version
At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.

New Living Translation
A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.

English Standard Version
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.

Berean Study Bible
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.

King James Bible
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

New King James Version
By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.

New American Standard Bible
“By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

NASB 1995
“By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

NASB 1977
“By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

Amplified Bible
“By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they are consumed.

Christian Standard Bible
They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of his nostrils.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils.

American Standard Version
By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of his anger are they consumed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from the breath of God they shall be destroyed and from The Spirit of his wrath they shall be consumed

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They shall perish by the command of the Lord, and shall be utterly consumed by the breath of his wrath.

Contemporary English Version
and then they are swept away by the angry breath of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Perishing by the blast of God, and consumed by the spirit of his wrath.

English Revised Version
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger are they consumed.

Good News Translation
Like a storm, God destroys them in his anger.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God destroys them with his breath and kills them with a blast of his anger.

International Standard Version
They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger are they consumed.

Literal Standard Version
From the breath of God they perish, And from the spirit of His anger [are] consumed.

NET Bible
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.

New Heart English Bible
By the breath of God they perish. By the blast of his anger are they consumed.

World English Bible
By the breath of God they perish. By the blast of his anger are they consumed.

Young's Literal Translation
From the breath of God they perish, And from the spirit of His anger consumed.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
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. 10The lion may roar, and the fierce lion may growl, yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.…

Cross References
2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and annihilate by the majesty of His arrival.

Exodus 15:8
At the blast of Your nostrils the waters piled up; like a wall the currents stood firm; the depths congealed in the heart of the sea.

Job 15:30
He will not escape from the darkness; the flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.

Job 40:11
Unleash the fury of your wrath; look on every proud man and bring him low.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with equity He will decide for the lowly of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.

Isaiah 30:33
For Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its funeral pyre is deep and wide, with plenty of fire and wood. The breath of the LORD, like a torrent of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers and the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.


Treasury of Scripture

By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

the blast.

Exodus 15:8,10
And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea…

2 Kings 19:7
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

Psalm 18:15
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

by the breath of his nostrils.

Job 1:19
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 15:30
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

Isaiah 11:4
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.









Verse 9. - By the blast of God they perish; rather, by the breath of God, as in Job 37:10. The word used (גִשְׁמָה) means always, as Professor Lee observes," a slight or gentle breathing." The slightest breath of God's displeasure is enough to destroy those against whom it is directed. And by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. Here "blast" would be better than "breath," for רוח is a stronger word than נשׁמה. Similarly, רוח is a stronger word than יאבדו. The breath kills, the blast utterly consumes, transgressors.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
By the breath
מִנִּשְׁמַ֣ת (min·niš·maṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5397: A puff, wind, angry, vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect, an animal

of God
אֱל֣וֹהַ (’ĕ·lō·w·ha)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

they perish,
יֹאבֵ֑דוּ (yō·ḇê·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

and by the blast
וּמֵר֖וּחַ (ū·mê·rū·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

of His anger
אַפּ֣וֹ (’ap·pōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

they are consumed.
יִכְלֽוּ׃ (yiḵ·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent


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