Job 12:25
New International Version
They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.

New Living Translation
They grope in the darkness without a light. He makes them stagger like drunkards.

English Standard Version
They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Berean Study Bible
They grope in the darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunkards.

King James Bible
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

New King James Version
They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

New American Standard Bible
“They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken person.

NASB 1995
“They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

NASB 1977
“They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Amplified Bible
“They grope in darkness without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.”

Christian Standard Bible
They grope around in darkness without light; he makes them stagger like a drunkard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They grope around in darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunken men.

American Standard Version
They grope in the dark without light; And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They will search in darkness and not in the light, and they will grope in the darkness and not the light, and he inebriates them like drunkards

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let them grope in darkness, and let there be no light, and let them wander as a drunken man.

Contemporary English Version
lost in the dark, staggering like someone drunk.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall grope as in the dark, and not in the light, and he shall make them stagger like men that are drunk.

English Revised Version
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Good News Translation
they grope in the dark and stagger like drunkards.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They grope in the dark with no light, and he makes them stumble like drunks.

International Standard Version
They grope in the dark without light; he causes them to stagger around like a drunkard."

JPS Tanakh 1917
They grope in the dark without light, And He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Literal Standard Version
They feel darkness, and not light, He causes them to wander as a drunkard.”

NET Bible
They grope about in darkness without light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.

New Heart English Bible
They grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

World English Bible
They grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Young's Literal Translation
They feel darkness, and not light, He causeth them to wander as a drunkard.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Responds to Zophar
24He deprives the earth’s leaders of reason and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland. 25They grope in the darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunkards.

Cross References
Job 5:14
They encounter darkness by day and grope at noon as in the night.

Job 18:6
The light in his tent grows dark, and the lamp beside him goes out.

Psalm 107:27
They reeled and staggered like drunkards, and all their skill was useless.

Isaiah 24:20
The earth staggers like a drunkard and sways like a shack. Earth's rebellion weighs it down, and it falls, never to rise again.


Treasury of Scripture

They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.

grope

Job 5:14
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

Genesis 19:11
And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

Deuteronomy 28:29
And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.

maketh

Psalm 107:27
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.

Isaiah 19:14
The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

Isaiah 24:20
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

stagger.









Verse 25. - They grope in the dark without light (comp. Job 5:14 and Deuteronomy 28:29). And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man; literally, to wander - to pursue a devious course instead of a straight one.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They grope
יְמַֽשְׁשׁוּ־ (yə·maš·šū-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 4959: To feel of, to grope

in darkness
חֹ֥שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

with no
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

light;
א֑וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

He makes them stagger
וַ֝יַּתְעֵ֗ם (way·yaṯ·‘êm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8582: To vacillate, reel, stray

like drunkards.
כַּשִּׁכּֽוֹר׃ (kaš·šik·kō·wr)
Preposition-k, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7910: Intoxicated, as a, state, a habit


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