Job 4:21
New International Version
Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'

New Living Translation
Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.

English Standard Version
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, do they not die, and that without wisdom?’

Berean Study Bible
Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’

New American Standard Bible
'Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.'

New King James Version
Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.’

King James Bible
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
Your tent pegs are pulled up, and you leave this life, having gained no wisdom."

Good News Translation
All that we have is taken away; we die, still lacking wisdom."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.

International Standard Version
Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"

NET Bible
Is not their excess wealth taken away from them? They die, yet without attaining wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
Isn't their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Haven't the ropes of their tent been loosened? Won't they die without wisdom?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

New American Standard 1977
‘Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Does their beauty perish with them? They die and do not know.

King James 2000 Bible
Does not their excellence which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

American King James Version
Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

American Standard Version
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For he blows upon them, and they are withered: they have perished for lack of wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that shall be left, shall be taken away from them: they shall die, and not in wisdom.

Darby Bible Translation
Is not their tent-cord torn away in them? they die, and without wisdom.

English Revised Version
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? they die, and that without wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth not their excellence which is in them depart? they die, even without wisdom.

World English Bible
Isn't their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

Young's Literal Translation
Hath not their excellency been removed with them? They die, and not in wisdom!
Study Bible
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever. 21Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’
Cross References
Job 8:22
Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more."

Job 18:21
Surely such is the dwelling of the wicked, and this is the place of one who does not know God."

Job 36:12
But if they do not obey, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

Proverbs 5:23
He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.

Treasury of Scripture

Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

excellency.

Psalm 39:5,11
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah…

Psalm 49:14
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

Psalm 146:3,4
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…

die.

Job 36:12
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

Psalm 49:20
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Isaiah 2:22
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?







Lexicon
Are not their tent cords
יִתְרָ֣ם (yiṯ·rām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3499: An overhanging, an excess, superiority, remainder, a small rope

pulled up,
נִסַּ֣ע (nis·sa‘)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5265: To pull up, the tent-pins, start on a, journey

so that they die
יָ֝מ֗וּתוּ (yā·mū·ṯū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

without
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

wisdom?’
בְחָכְמָֽה׃ (ḇə·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom
Verse 21. - Doth not their excellency which is in them go away! "Their excellency" (יתרם) would seem to mean that which is highest in them - their spirit, or soul. It does not make much difference if we translate, with the Old Testament Revisers" their tent-cord," since that would be merely a metaphor for the soul, which sustains the body as the tent-cord does the tent. What deserves especial remark is that the "excellency" does not perish; it goes away, departs, or is removed. They die, even without wisdom; literally, not in wisdom; i.e. not having learnt in the whole course of their lives that true wisdom which their life-trials were intended to teach them.



4:12-21 Eliphaz relates a vision. When we are communing with our own hearts, and are still, Ps 4:4, then is a time for the Holy Spirit to commune with us. This vision put him into very great fear. Ever since man sinned, it has been terrible to him to receive communications from Heaven, conscious that he can expect no good tidings thence. Sinful man! shall he pretend to be more just, more pure, than God, who being his Maker, is his Lord and Owner? How dreadful, then, the pride and presumption of man! How great the patience of God! Look upon man in his life. The very foundation of that cottage of clay in which man dwells, is in the dust, and it will sink with its own weight. We stand but upon the dust. Some have a higher heap of dust to stand upon than others but still it is the earth that stays us up, and will shortly swallow us up. Man is soon crushed; or if some lingering distemper, which consumes like a moth, be sent to destroy him, he cannot resist it. Shall such a creature pretend to blame the appointments of God? Look upon man in his death. Life is short, and in a little time men are cut off. Beauty, strength, learning, not only cannot secure them from death, but these things die with them; nor shall their pomp, their wealth, or power, continue after them. Shall a weak, sinful, dying creature, pretend to be more just than God, and more pure than his Maker? No: instead of quarrelling with his afflictions, let him wonder that he is out of hell. Can a man be cleansed without his Maker? Will God justify sinful mortals, and clear them from guilt? or will he do so without their having an interest in the righteousness and gracious help of their promised Redeemer, when angels, once ministering spirits before his throne, receive the just recompence of their sins? Notwithstanding the seeming impunity of men for a short time, though living without God in the world, their doom is as certain as that of the fallen angels, and is continually overtaking them. Yet careless sinners note it so little, that they expect not the change, nor are wise to consider their latter end.
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