Job 18:15
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English Standard Version
In his tent dwells that which is none of his; sulfur is scattered over his habitation.

King James Bible
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

American Standard Version
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the companions of him that is not, dwell in his tabernacle, let brimstone be sprinkled in his tent.

English Revised Version
There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

Webster's Bible Translation
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 For he is driven into the net by his own feet,

And he walketh over a snare.

9 The trap holdeth his heel fast,

The noose bindeth him.

10 His snare lieth hidden in the earth,

His nets upon the path;

11 Terrors affright him on every side,

And scare him at every step.

The Pual שׁלּח signifies not merely to be betrayed into, but driven into, like the Piel, Job 30:12, to drive away, and as it is to be translated in the similar passage in the song of Deborah, Judges 5:15 : "And as Issachar, Barak was driven (i.e., with desire for fighting) behind him down into the valley (the place of meeting under Mount Tabor);" בּרגליו, which there signifies, according to Judges 4:10; Judges 8:5, "upon his feet equals close behind him," is here intended of the intermediate cause: by his own feet he is hurried into the net, i.e., against his will, and yet with his own feet he runs into destruction. The same thing is said in Job 18:8; the way on which he complacently wanders up and down (which the Hithp. signifies here) is שׂבכה, lattice-work, here a snare (Arab. schabacah, a net, from שׂבך, schabaca, to intertwine, weave), and consequently will suddenly break in and bring him to ruin. This fact of delivering himself over to destruction is established in apocopated futt. (Job 18:9) used as praes., and without the voluntative signification in accordance with the poetic licence: a trap catches a heel (poetic brevity for: the trap catches his heel), a noose seizes upon him, עליו (but with the accompanying notion of overpowering him, which the translation "bind" is intended to express). Such is the meaning of צמּים here, which is not plur., but sing., from צמם (Arab. ḍmm), to tie, and it unites in itself the meanings of snare-layer (Job 5:5) and of snare; the form (as אבּיר, אדּיר) corresponds more to the former, but does not, however, exclude the latter, as תּנּין and לפּיד (λαμπάς) show.

The continuation in Job 18:10 of the figure of the fowler affirms that that issue of his life (Job 18:9) has been preparing long beforehand; the prosperity of the evil-doer from the beginning tends towards ruin. Instead of חבלו we have the pointing חבלו, as it would be in Arab. in a similar sense hhabluhu (from hhabl, a cord, a net). The nearer destruction is now to him, the stronger is the hold which his foreboding has over him, since, as Job 18:11 adds, terrible thoughts (בּלּהות) and terrible apparitions fill him with dismay, and haunt him, following upon his feet. לרגליו, close behind him, as Genesis 30:30; 1 Samuel 25:42; Isaiah 41:2; Habakkuk 3:5. The best authorized pointing of the verb is והפיצהוּ, with Segol (Ges. 104, 2, c), Chateph-Segol, and Kibbutz. Except in Habakkuk 3:14, where the prophet includes himself with his people, הפיץ, diffundere, dissipare (vid., Job 37:11; Job 40:11), never has a person as its obj. elsewhere. It would also probably not be used, but for the idea that the spectres of terror pursue him at every step, and are now here, now there, and his person is as it were multiplied.

Job 18:15 Parallel Commentaries

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dwell

Job 18:12,13 His strength shall be extremely hungry, and destruction shall be ready at his side...

Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, said the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief...

because

Job 20:18-21 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be...

Job 31:38,39 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain...

Jeremiah 22:13 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that uses his neighbor's service without wages...

Habakkuk 2:6-11 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say...

brimstone

Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein...

Psalm 11:6 On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Isaiah 34:9,10 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone...

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him...

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

Cross References
Luke 17:29
but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all--

Psalm 11:6
Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Jeremiah 49:18
As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities were overthrown, says the LORD, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her.

Zechariah 5:4
I will send it out, declares the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of him who swears falsely by my name. And it shall remain in his house and consume it, both timber and stones."

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