New American Standard Bible
"For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His majesty I can do nothing.
King James Bible
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
Darby Bible Translation
For calamity from �God was a terror to me, and by reason of his excellency I was powerless.
World English Bible
For calamity from God is a terror to me. Because his majesty, I can do nothing.
Young's Literal Translation
For a dread unto me is calamity from God, And because of His excellency I am not able.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For destruction from God was a terror to me - The destruction which God would bring upon one who was guilty of the crime here specified, awed and restrained me. He was deterred from this crime of oppressing the fatherless by the fear of God. He could have escaped the judgment of people. He had power and influence enough not to dread the penalty of human law. He could have done it in such a way as not to have been arraigned before any earthly tribunal, but he remembered that the eye of God was upon him, and that he was the avenger of the fatherless and the widow.
And by reason of his highness - On account of his majesty, exaltation, glory.
I could not endure - אוכל לא lo''ûkôl - I could not; that is, I could not do it. I was so much awed by his majesty; I had such a veneration for him, that I could not be guilty of such an offence.
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But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God.
"Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you?
"Terrors are turned against me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
"Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity?
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
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