New American Standard Bible
"He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness is at hand.
King James Bible
He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Darby Bible Translation
He wandereth abroad for bread, where may it be? He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
World English Bible
He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Young's Literal Translation
He is wandering for bread -- 'Where is it?' He hath known that ready at his hand Is a day of darkness.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He wandereth abroad for bread - The Septuagint renders this, "he is destined to be food for vultures" - κατατέτακται δὲ εἰς σῖτα γυψίν katatetaktai de eis sitos gupsin. The meaning of the Hebrew is, simply, that he will be reduced to poverty, and will not know where to obtain a supply for his returning needs.
He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand - He is assured that the period of calamity is not far remote. It must come. He has no security that it will not come immediately. The whole design of this is to show that there is no calmness and security for a wicked man; that in the midst of apparent prosperity his soul is in constant dread.
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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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"He does not believe that he will return from darkness, And he is destined for the sword.
"Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
"He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
They wander about for food And growl if they are not satisfied.
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