Job 5:3
New International Version
I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

New Living Translation
I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster.

English Standard Version
I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.

Berean Study Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

King James Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

New King James Version
I have seen the foolish taking root, But suddenly I cursed his dwelling place.

New American Standard Bible
“I have seen the fool taking root, And I cursed his home immediately.

NASB 1995
"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.

NASB 1977
“I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.

Amplified Bible
“I have seen the foolish taking root [and outwardly prospering], But I cursed his dwelling immediately [for his destruction was certain].

Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.

American Standard Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have seen the wicked who prospers and his dwelling is suddenly destroyed

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I have seen foolish ones taking root: but suddenly their habitation was devoured.

Contemporary English Version
I have seen fools take root. But God sends a curse, suddenly uprooting them

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen a fool with a strong root, and I cursed his beauty immediately.

English Revised Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Good News Translation
I have seen fools who looked secure, but I called down a sudden curse on their homes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen a stubborn fool take root, but I quickly cursed his house.

International Standard Version
"I myself saw a fool becoming established, but I suddenly cursed where he lived.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen the foolish taking root; But suddenly I beheld his habitation cursed.

Literal Standard Version
I have seen the perverse taking root, "" And I mark his habitation straight away,

NET Bible
I myself have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his place of residence.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

World English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I have seen the perverse taking root, And I mark his habitation straightway,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Continues: God Blesses those who Seek Him
2For resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. 3I have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed. 4His sons are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.…

Cross References
Job 24:18
They are but foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one turns toward their vineyards.

Job 31:30
I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse--

Psalm 37:22
Surely those He blesses will inherit the land, but the cursed will be destroyed.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree,

Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their hearts.


Treasury of Scripture

I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

taking.

Job 27:8
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

Psalm 37:35,36
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree…

Psalm 73:3-9,18-20
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

cursed.

Deuteronomy 27:15-26
Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen…

Psalm 69:25
Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

Acts 1:20
For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.









(3) I cursed.--The word means, "I was able to declare distinctly, and I did declare without hesitation, that his lot would be as follows." All these general results of experience have the sting of insinuation in them that they contain the key to Job's unfortunate condition. There is secret unsoundness there which is the cause of the manifest and open misery. It is impossible that a man so stricken should be otherwise than, for some unknown reason, the guilty victim of the righteous wrath of a just judge.

Verse 3. - I have seen the foolish taking root. The "I" is emphatic. "I myself have seen," etc. What Eliphaz had seen was that folly, i.e. sinful infatuation, was always punished. It might seem to prosper: the foolish man might seem to be taking root; but Eliphaz was not deceived by appearances - he saw through them, he knew that there was a curse upon the man's house, and so pronounced it accursed. And the ruin which he had foreseen, it is implied, followed. But suddenly; rather, immediately, without hesitation. I cursed his habitation; i.e. "pronounced it accursed, declared that the curse of God rested upon it?"

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I
אֲ‍ֽנִי־ (’ănî-)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

have seen
רָ֭אִיתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

a fool
אֱוִ֣יל (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 191: Foolish

taking root,
מַשְׁרִ֑ישׁ (maš·rîš)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8327: To root, strike into the soil, to pluck from it

but suddenly
פִתְאֹֽם׃ (p̄iṯ·’ōm)
Adverb
Strong's 6597: Suddenness, suddenly

his house
נָוֵ֣הוּ (nā·wê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5116: Abode of shepherd or flocks, habitation

was cursed.
וָאֶקּ֖וֹב (wā·’eq·qō·wḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5344: To puncture


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