New American Standard Bible
"The light in his tent is darkened, And his lamp goes out above him.
King James Bible
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
Darby Bible Translation
The light shall become dark in his tent, and his lamp over him shall be put out.
World English Bible
The light shall be dark in his tent. His lamp above him shall be put out.
Young's Literal Translation
The light hath been dark in his tent, And his lamp over him is extinguished.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And his candle - Margin, lamp. The reference is to a lamp that was suspended from the ceiling. The Arabians are fond of this image. Thus, they say, "Bad fortune has extinguished my lamp." Of a man whose hopes are remarkably blasted, they say, "He is like a lamp which is immediately extinguished if you let it sink in the oil." See Schultens. The putting out of a lamp is to the Orientals an image of utter desolation. It is the universal custom to have a light burning in their houses at night. "The houses of Egypt, in modern times, are never without lights; they burn lamps all the night long, and in every occupied apartment. So requisite to the comfort of a family is this custom reckoned, and so imperious is the power which it exercises, that the poorest people. would rather retrench part of their food than neglect it." Paxton. It is not improbable that this custom prevailed in former times in Arabia, as it does now in Egypt; and this consideration will give increased beauty and force to this passage.
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;
"They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
"He is torn from the security of his tent, And they march him before the king of terrors.
"How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?
When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;
For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.
The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.
For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
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