Job 9:24
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New International Version
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

King James Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

Darby Bible Translation
The earth is given over into the hand of the wicked [man]; he covereth the faces of its judges. If not, who then is it?

World English Bible
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If not he, then who is it?

Young's Literal Translation
Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who is he?

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked - Is it not most evident that the worst men possess most of this world's goods, and that the righteous are scarcely ever in power or affluence? This was the case in Job's time; it is the case still. Therefore prosperity and adversity in this life are no marks either of God's approbation or disapprobation.

He covereth the faces of the judges thereon - Or, The faces of its decisions he shall cover. God is often stated in Scripture as doing a thing which he only permits to be done. So he permits the eyes of judgment to be blinded; and hence false decisions. Mr. Good translates the verse thus: -

"The earth is given over to the hand of Injustice;

She hoodwinketh the faces of its judges.

Where every one liveth is it not so?"

And vindicates the translation in his learned notes: but I think the Hebrew will not bear this rendering; especially that in the third line.

Where, and who is he? - If this be not the case, who is he that acts in this way, and where is he to be found? If God does not permit these things, who is it that orders them? Coverdale translates, As for the worlde, he geveth it over into the power of the wicked, such as the rulers be wherof all londes are full. Is it not so? Where is there eny, but he is soch one? This sense is clear enough, if the original will bear it. The last clause is thus rendered by the Syriac and Arabic, Who can bear his indignation?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

earth

Job 12:6-10 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly...

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power...

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life...

Psalm 73:3-7 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...

Jeremiah 12:1,2 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper...

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones...

Daniel 5:18-21 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor...

Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly...

*etc:

Habakkuk 1:14-17 And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them...

he covereth

2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot...

2 Samuel 19:4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

Esther 6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

Esther 7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine...

Jeremiah 14:4 Because the ground is beat down, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

if not

Job 24:25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled...

Library
March 16 Morning
What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

A Blow at Self-Righteousness
The sermon of this morning is intended to be another blow against our self-righteousness. If it will not die, at least let us spare no arrows against it; let us draw the bow, and if the shaft cannot penetrate its heart, it may at least stick in its flesh and help to worry it to its grave. I. Endeavouring to keep close to my text, I shall start with this first point--that THE PLEA OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS CONTRADICTS ITSELF. "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me." Come, friend, thou who
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Whether Doubts Should be Interpreted for the Best?
Objection 1: It would seem that doubts should not be interpreted for the best. Because we should judge from what happens for the most part. But it happens for the most part that evil is done, since "the number of fools is infinite" (Eccles. 1:15), "for the imagination and thought of man's heart are prone to evil from his youth" (Gn. 8:21). Therefore doubts should be interpreted for the worst rather than for the best. Objection 2: Further, Augustine says (De Doctr. Christ. i, 27) that "he leads a
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Later English Reformers
While Luther was opening a closed Bible to the people of Germany, Tyndale was impelled by the Spirit of God to do the same for England. Wycliffe's Bible had been translated from the Latin text, which contained many errors. It had never been printed, and the cost of manuscript copies was so great that few but wealthy men or nobles could procure it; and, furthermore, being strictly proscribed by the church, it had had a comparatively narrow circulation. In 1516, a year before the appearance of Luther's
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Job 10:3
Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?

Job 12:6
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.

Job 12:17
He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.

Job 16:11
God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.

Job 19:7
"Though I cry, 'Violence!' I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.

Job 21:7
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

Job 22:8
though you were a powerful man, owning land-- an honored man, living on it.

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