Job 20:28
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English Standard Version
The possessions of his house will be carried away, dragged off in the day of God’s wrath.

King James Bible
The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

American Standard Version
The increase of his house shall depart; His goods'shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The offspring of his house shall be exposed, he shall be pulled down in the day of God's wrath.

English Revised Version
The increase of his house shall depart, his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

Webster's Bible Translation
The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

21 Nothing escaped his covetousness,

Therefore his prosperity shall not continue.

22 In the fulness of his need it shall be strait with him,

Every hand of the needy shall come upon him.

23 It shall come to pass: in order to fill his belly,

He sendeth forth the glow of His anger into him,

And He causeth it to rain upon him into his flesh.

24 He must flee from an iron weapon,

Therefore a brazen bow pierceth him through.

25 It teareth, then it cometh forth out of his body,

And the steel out of his gall,

The terrors of death come upon him.

The words of Job 20:21 are: there was nothing that escaped (שׂריד, as Job 18:19, from שׂרד, Arab. šarada, aufugere) his eating (from אכל, not from אכל), i.e., he devoured everything without sparing, even to the last remnant; therefore טוּבו, his prosperity, his abundant wealth, will not continue or hold out (יחיל, as Psalm 10:5, to be solid, powerful, enduring, whence חיל, Arab. ȟı̂lat, ḥawl). Hupf. transl. differently: nihil ei superstes ad vescendum, itaque non durant ejus bona; but שׂריד signifies first elapsum, and על־כן propterea; and we may retain these first significations, especially since Job 20:21 is not future like Job 20:21. The tone of prediction taken up in Job 20:21 is continued in what follows. The inf. constr. מלאות (prop. מלאות, but with Cholem by the Aleph, since the Waw is regarded as יתיר, superfluous), formed after the manner of the verbs Lamed He (Ew. 238, c), is written like קראות, Judges 8:1 (comp. on the other hand the scriptio devectiva, Leviticus 8:33; Leviticus 12:4); and שׂפקו (with Sin, as Norzi decides after Codd., Kimchi, and Farisol, not Samech) is to be derived from שׂפק (ספק), sufficientia (comp. the verb, 1 Kings 20:10): if his sufficiency exists in abundance, not from שׂפק equals Arab. safqat, ṣafqat, complosio, according to which Schultens explains: if his joyous clapping of hands has reached its highest point (Elizabeth Smith: "while clapping the hands in the fulness of joy"), to which מלאות is not suitable, and which ought at least to be שׁפק כּפּיו. Therefore: in the fulness of his need shall he be straitened (יצר with the tone drawn back for יצר on account of the following monosyllable, although also apocopated futt. follow further on in the strict future signification, according to poetic usage), by which not merely the fearful foreboding is meant, which just in the fullest overflow makes known his impending lot, but the real calamity, into which his towering prosperity suddenly changes, as Job 20:22 shows: All the hands of the destitute come upon him (בּוא seq. acc.: invadere) to avenge on him the injustice done to the needy. It is not necessary to understand merely such as he has made destitute, it is כּל־יד; the assertion is therefore general: the rich uncompassionate man becomes a defenceless prey of the proletaries.

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Job 20:10,18-22 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods...

Job 5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up, and takes it even out of the thorns, and the robber swallows up their substance.

Job 27:14-19 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread...

2 Kings 20:17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have laid up in store to this day...

Revelation 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors...

and his goods

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death.

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath...

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

James 5:1-3 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:31
Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat any of it. Your donkey shall be seized before your face, but shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies, but there shall be no one to help you.

Job 20:15
He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.

Job 21:30
that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath?

Job 31:12
for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.

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