New American Standard Bible
"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.
King James Bible
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
Darby Bible Translation
But the powerful man, he had the land; and the man of high rank dwelt in it.
World English Bible
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth. The honorable man, he lived in it.
Young's Literal Translation
As to the man of arm -- he hath the earth, And the accepted of face -- he dwelleth in it.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But as for the mighty man - Hebrew as in the margin, "man of arm." The "arm," in the Scriptures, is the symbol of power; Psalm 10:15, "Break thou the arm of the wicked;" Ezekiel 30:21. "I have broken the arm of Pharaoh;" Psalm 89:13, "Thou hast a mighty arm;" Psalm 97:1, "His holy arm hath gotten him the victory." The reason of this is, that the sword and spear were principally used in war, and success depended on the force with which they were wielded by the arm. There can be no doubt that this is intended to be applied to Job, and that the meaning is, that he had driven the poor from their possessions, and he had taken forcible occupancy of what belonged to them. The idea is, that he had done this by power, not by "right."
Had the earth - Took possession of the land, and drove off from it those to whom it belonged, or who had an equal right to it with him.
And the honorable man - Margin, "eminent," or "accepted of countenance." Hebrew: "Lifted up of countenance;" that is, the man whose countenance was elevated either by honor or pride. It may be used to describe either; but, perhaps, there is more force in the former, in saying that it was the great man, the man of rank and office, who had got possession. There is, thus, some sarcasm in the severe charge: "The great man ... the man of rank, and wealth, and office, has got possession, while the humble and poor are banished." Job had had great possessions; but this charge as to the manner in which he had acquired them seems to be wholly gratuitous. Eliphaz takes it for granted, since he was so severely punished, that it "must have been" in some such way.
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'For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, ... lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.'--JOB xxii. 26-29. These words are a fragment of one of the speeches of Job's friends, in which …
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"The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.
The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.
The head is the elder and honorable man, And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.
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