Job 17:5
New International Version
If anyone denounces their friends for reward, the eyes of their children will fail.

New Living Translation
They betray their friends for their own advantage, so let their children faint with hunger.

English Standard Version
He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property— the eyes of his children will fail.

Berean Study Bible
If a man denounces his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail.

King James Bible
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

New King James Version
He who speaks flattery to his friends, Even the eyes of his children will fail.

New American Standard Bible
“He who informs against friends for a share of the spoils, The eyes of his children also will perish.

NASB 1995
“He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also will languish.

NASB 1977
“He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also shall languish.

Amplified Bible
“He who denounces and informs against his friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children will also languish and fail.

Christian Standard Bible
If a man denounces his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man informs on his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail.

American Standard Version
He that denounceth his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And a friend will be lifted up over his friend, also the eyes of their sons will be darkened

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He shall promise mischief to his companions: but their eyes have failed for their children.

Contemporary English Version
They have condemned me, just to benefit themselves; now blind their children.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He promiseth a prey to his companions, and the eyes of his children shall fail.

English Revised Version
He that denounceth his friends for a prey, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Good News Translation
In the old proverb someone betrays his friends for money, and his children suffer for it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Whoever turns in friends to get their property should have his children's eyesight fail.)

International Standard Version
Now as for the one who testifies against his friends to take their property, even the eyes of his children will fail.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that denounceth his friends for the sake of flattery, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Literal Standard Version
For a portion he shows friendship, And the eyes of his sons are consumed.

NET Bible
If a man denounces his friends for personal gain, the eyes of his children will fail.

New Heart English Bible
He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

World English Bible
He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Young's Literal Translation
For a portion he sheweth friendship, And the eyes of his sons are consumed.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Prepares for Death
4You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore You will not exalt them. 5If a man denounces his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail. 6He has made me a byword among the people, a man in whose face they spit.…

Cross References
Leviticus 19:13
You must not defraud your neighbor or rob him. You must not withhold until morning the wages due a hired hand.

Leviticus 19:16
You must not go about spreading slander among your people. You must not endanger the life of your neighbor. I am the LORD.

Job 11:20
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; they will hope for their last breath."


Treasury of Scripture

He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

He that

Job 32:21,22
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man…

Psalm 12:2,3
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak…

Proverbs 20:19
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

the eyes

Exodus 20:5
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Deuteronomy 28:65
And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

1 Kings 11:12
Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.









(5) He that speaketh flattery to his friends.--The three words thus rendered are, from their very brevity, most obscure. Literally, they run: for a portion he will tell friends. But what is the meaning of this? Some render, "He denounceth his friends for a prey," i.e., such is the conduct of Job's friends towards Job. Others understand it, "He would say, friends should take their part," i.e., any one who would undertake to be surety for me would naturally expect my friends to share the responsibility; but so far from this, the eyes of his sons would fail in looking for it; they would never see it.

Verse 5. - He that speaketh flattery to his friends; rather, he that denounceth his friends for a prey. Job means to accuse his "comforters" of so acting. By their persistent belief in his grievous wickedness they give him up, as it were, for a prey to calamity, which they pronounce him to have deserved on account of his secret sins. Even the eyes of his children shall fail. Whoever so acts shall be punished, not only in his own person, but also in the persons of his descendants (comp. Exodus 20:5).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If a man denounces
יַגִּ֣יד (yag·gîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

his friends
רֵעִ֑ים (rê·‘îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

for a price,
לְ֭חֵלֶק (lə·ḥê·leq)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2506: Portion, tract, territory

the eyes
וְעֵינֵ֖י (wə·‘ê·nê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - cdc
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

of his children
בָנָ֣יו (ḇā·nāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

will fail.
תִּכְלֶֽנָה׃ (tiḵ·le·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent


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