Job 29:17
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New American Standard Bible
"I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth.

King James Bible
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Darby Bible Translation
And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

World English Bible
I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.

Young's Literal Translation
And I break the jaw-teeth of the perverse, And from his teeth I cast away prey.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

And I brake the jaws of the wicked - Margin, "jaw-teeth, or, grinders." The Hebrew word מתלעה methalle‛âh, the same, with the letters transposed, as מתלעות, is from לתע, to "bite" - and means "the biters," the grinders, the teeth. It is not used to denote the jaw. The image here is taken from wild beasts, with whom Job compares the wicked, and says that he rescued the helpless from their grasp, as he would a lamb from a lion or wolf.

And plucked - Margin, "cast." The margin is a literal translation, but the idea is, that he violently seized the spoil or prey which the wicked had taken, and by force tore it from him.

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Library
The Case of Spiritual Decay and Languor in Religion
1. Declension in religion, and relapses into sin, with their sorrowful consequences, are in the general too probable.--2. The ease of declension and langour in religion described, negatively.--3. And positively.--4. As discovering itself by a failure in the duties of the closet.--5. By a neglect of social worship.--6. By want of love to our fellow Christians.--7. By an undue attachment to sensual pleasures or secular cares.--8. By prejudices against some important principles in religion.--9,10. A
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Oh that I were as in Months Past! Job 29:02:00

John Newton—Olney Hymns

Cross References
Job 4:11
"The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.

Job 5:15
"But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.

Job 29:18
"Then I thought, 'I shall die in my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Psalm 3:7
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.

Proverbs 30:14
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.

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