Job 22:9
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New American Standard Bible
"You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.

King James Bible
Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

Darby Bible Translation
Widows hast thou sent empty away, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

World English Bible
You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

Young's Literal Translation
Widows thou hast sent away empty, And the arms of the fatherless are bruised.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Thou hast sent widows away empty - That is, without regarding their needs, and without doing anything to mitigate their sorrows. The oppression of the widow and the fatherless is, in the Scriptures, every where regarded as a crime of special magnitude; see the notes at Isaiah 1:17.

The arms of the fatherless have been broken - Thou hast taken away all that they relied on. Thou hast oppressed them and taken advantage of their weak and defenseless condition to enrich yourself. This charge was evidently gratuitous and unjust. It was the result of an "inference" from the fact that he was thus afflicted, and about as just as inferences, in such cases, usually are. To all this, Job replies in beautiful language in Job 29:11-16, when describing his former condition, and in justice to him, we may allow him to speak "here," and to show what was, in fact, the course of his life.

When the ear heard me, then it blessed me;

And when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

Because I delivered the poor that cried,

And the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me:

And I caused the widow's heart to leap for joy.

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;

My judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

I was eyes to the blind,

And feet was I to the lame;

I was a father to the poor,

And the cause which I knew not, I searched out

Job 22:9 Parallel Commentaries

What Life May be Made
'For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, ... lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.'--JOB xxii. 26-29. These words are a fragment of one of the speeches of Job's friends, in which
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Whether Everything is Subject to the Providence of God?
Objection 1: It seems that everything is not subject to divine providence. For nothing foreseen can happen by chance. If then everything was foreseen by God, nothing would happen by chance. And thus hazard and luck would disappear; which is against common opinion. Objection 2: Further, a wise provider excludes any defect or evil, as far as he can, from those over whom he has a care. But we see many evils existing. Either, then, God cannot hinder these, and thus is not omnipotent; or else He does
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Job 6:27
"You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend.

Job 24:3
"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Job 24:21
"He wrongs the barren woman And does no good for the widow.

Job 29:13
"The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.

Job 31:16
"If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Job 31:18
(But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from infancy I guided her),

Jeremiah 48:25
"The horn of Moab has been cut off and his arm broken," declares the LORD.

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