New American Standard Bible
"Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out, And the flame of his fire gives no light.
King James Bible
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the flame of his fire shall not shine.
World English Bible
"Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, The spark of his fire shall not shine.
Young's Literal Translation
Also, the light of the wicked is extinguished. And there doth not shine a spark of his fire.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Yea - Truly; or, behold. Bildad here commences his remarks on the certain destiny of the wicked, and strings together a number of apparently proverbial sayings, showing that calamity in various forms would certainly overtake the wicked. There is nothing particularly new in his argument, though the use of the various images which he employs shows how deep was the conviction of this doctrine at that time, and how extensively it prevailed.
The light of the wicked shall be put out - Light here is an emblem of prosperity.
The spark of his fire - Hebrew the flame of his fire. There may be an allusion here to the customs of Arabian hospitality. This was, and is, their national glory, and it is their boast that no one is ever refused it. The emblem of fire or flame here may refer to the custom of kindling a fire on an eminence, near a dwelling, to attract the stranger to share the hospitality of the owner of it; or it may refer to the fire in his tent, which the stranger was always at liberty to share. In the collection of the Arabian poems, called the Hamasa, this idea occurs almost in the words of Bildad. The extract was furnished me by the Rev. Eli Smith. It is a boast of Salamiel, a prince of Tema. In extolling the virtues of his tribe, he says, "No fire of ours was ever extinguished at night without a guest; and of our guests never did one disparage us." The idea here is, that the wicked would attempt to show hospitality, but the means would be taken away. He would not be permitted to enjoy the coveted reputation of showing it to the stranger, and the fire which might invite the traveler, or which might confer comfort on him, would be put out in his dwelling. The inability to extend the offer of a liberal hospitality would be equivalent to the deepest poverty or the most trying affliction.
LibraryThe Difference Between the Two Testaments.
1. Five points of difference between the Old and the New Testaments. These belong to the mode of administration rather than the substance. First difference. In the Old Testament the heavenly inheritance is exhibited under temporal blessings; in the New, aids of this description are not employed. 2. Proof of this first difference from the simile of an heir in pupillarity, as in Gal. 4:1. 3. This the reason why the Patriarchs, under the Law, set a higher value on this life and the blessings of it, …
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion
A Few Sighs from Hell;
"O you who tear yourself in your anger-- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?
"How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?
The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.
The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.
He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.
For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
But the wicked are like the tossing sea, For it cannot be quiet, And its waters toss up refuse and mud.
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