New American Standard Bible
"Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
King James Bible
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
Darby Bible Translation
The sound of terrors is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer cometh upon him.
World English Bible
A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.
Young's Literal Translation
A fearful voice is in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A dreadful sound is in his ears - Margin, "A sound of fears." He hears sudden, frightful sounds, and is alarmed. Or when he thinks himself safe, he is suddenly surprised. The enemy steals upon him, and in his fancied security he dies. This sentiment might be illustrated at almost any length by the mode of savage warfare in America, and by the sudden attacks which the American savage makes, in the silence of the night, on his unsuspecting foes. The Chaldee renders this, "the fear of the terrors in Gehenna are in his ears; when the righteous dwell in peace and eternal life, destruction comes upon him."
In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him - When he supposes he is safe, and his affairs seem to be prosperous, then sudden destruction comes; see 1 Thessalonians 5:3. The history of wicked people, who have encompassed themselves with wealth, and as they supposed with every thing necessary to happiness, and who have been suddenly cut off, would furnish all the instances which would be necessary to illustrate this sentiment of Eliphaz. See an exquisitely beautiful illustration of it in Psalm 37:35-36 :
I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a green bay-tree.
Yet he passed away, and lo he was not;
Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
So, also, in Psalm 73:18-20 :
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places;
Thou castedst them down into destruction.
How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awaketh,
O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
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Thou sendest forth Thy judgments against me, O Lord, and shakest all my bones with fear and trembling, and my soul trembleth exceedingly. I stand astonished, and remember that the heavens are not clean in thy sight.(1) If Thou chargest Thine angels with folly, and didst spare them not, how shall it be unto me? Stars have fallen from heaven, and what shall I dare who am but dust? They whose works seemed to be praiseworthy, fell into the lowest depths, and they who did eat Angels' food, them have …
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1 Thessalonians 5:3
While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
"Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
"All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step.
"He is torn from the security of his tent, And they march him before the king of terrors.
"Nothing remains for him to devour, Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
"It is drawn forth and comes out of his back, Even the glittering point from his gall. Terrors come upon him,
"Therefore snares surround you, And sudden dread terrifies you,
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