New Living Translation
"But they disappear like foam down a river. Everything they own is cursed, and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards.
King James Bible
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
Darby Bible Translation
He is swift on the face of the waters; their portion is cursed on the earth: he turneth not unto the way of the vineyards.
World English Bible
"They are foam on the surface of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the earth. They don't turn into the way of the vineyards.
Young's Literal Translation
Light he is on the face of the waters, Vilified is their portion in the earth, He turneth not the way of vineyards.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
24:18 Swift - That is, he quickly passeth away with all his glory, as the waters which never stay in one place, but are always hasting away. Portion - His habitation and estate which he left behind him. He - He shall never more see or enjoy his vineyards, or other pleasant places and things, which seem to be comprehended under this particular.
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster.
That is why you cannot see in the darkness, and waves of water cover you.
They were snatched away in the prime of life, the foundations of their lives washed away.
They harvest a field they do not own, and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst.
Terror overwhelms them like a flood, and they are blown away in the storms of the night.
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