Job 5:3
New International Version
I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

New Living Translation
I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster.

English Standard Version
I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.

Berean Study Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

New American Standard Bible
"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.

King James Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.

Contemporary English Version
I have seen fools take root. But God sends a curse, suddenly uprooting them

Good News Translation
I have seen fools who looked secure, but I called down a sudden curse on their homes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.

International Standard Version
"I myself saw a fool becoming established, but I suddenly cursed where he lived.

NET Bible
I myself have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his place of residence.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen a stubborn fool take root, but I quickly cursed his house.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen the foolish taking root; But suddenly I beheld his habitation cursed.

New American Standard 1977
“I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have seen the foolish taking root, but at the same time I cursed his habitation.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

American King James Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

American Standard Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I have seen foolish ones taking root: but suddenly their habitation was devoured.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen a fool with a strong root, and I cursed his beauty immediately.

Darby Bible Translation
I myself saw the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

English Revised Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

World English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I have seen the perverse taking root, And I mark his habitation straightway,
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues: God Blesses those who Seek Him
2For resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. 3I have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed. 4His sons are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.…
Cross References
Job 24:18
They are but foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one would turn into their vineyards.

Job 31:30
I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse--

Psalm 37:22
Surely those He blesses will inherit the land, but the cursed will be destroyed.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree,

Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their conscience.

Treasury of Scripture

I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

taking.

Job 27:8
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

Psalm 37:35,36
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree…

Psalm 73:3-9,18-20
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

cursed.

Deuteronomy 27:15-26
Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen…

Psalm 69:25
Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

Acts 1:20
For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.







Lexicon
I
אֲ‍ֽנִי־ (’ănî-)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

have seen
רָ֭אִיתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

a fool
אֱוִ֣יל (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

taking root,
מַשְׁרִ֑ישׁ (maš·rîš)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8327: To root, strike into the soil, to pluck from it

but suddenly
פִתְאֹֽם׃ (p̄iṯ·’ōm)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6597: Suddenness, suddenly

his house
נָוֵ֣הוּ (nā·wê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5116: Abode of shepherd or flocks, habitation

was cursed.
וָאֶקּ֖וֹב (wā·’eq·qō·wḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5344: To puncture
(3) I cursed.--The word means, "I was able to declare distinctly, and I did declare without hesitation, that his lot would be as follows." All these general results of experience have the sting of insinuation in them that they contain the key to Job's unfortunate condition. There is secret unsoundness there which is the cause of the manifest and open misery. It is impossible that a man so stricken should be otherwise than, for some unknown reason, the guilty victim of the righteous wrath of a just judge.

Verse 3. - I have seen the foolish taking root. The "I" is emphatic. "I myself have seen," etc. What Eliphaz had seen was that folly, i.e. sinful infatuation, was always punished. It might seem to prosper: the foolish man might seem to be taking root; but Eliphaz was not deceived by appearances - he saw through them, he knew that there was a curse upon the man's house, and so pronounced it accursed. And the ruin which he had foreseen, it is implied, followed. But suddenly; rather, immediately, without hesitation. I cursed his habitation; i.e. "pronounced it accursed, declared that the curse of God rested upon it?" 5:1-5 Eliphaz here calls upon Job to answer his arguments. Were any of the saints or servants of God visited with such Divine judgments as Job, or did they ever behave like him under their sufferings? The term, saints, holy, or more strictly, consecrated ones, seems in all ages to have been applied to the people of God, through the Sacrifice slain in the covenant of their reconciliation. Eliphaz doubts not that the sin of sinners directly tends to their ruin. They kill themselves by some lust or other; therefore, no doubt, Job has done some foolish thing, by which he has brought himself into this condition. The allusion was plain to Job's former prosperity; but there was no evidence of Job's wickedness, and the application to him was unfair and severe.
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