Job 20:26
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New International Version
total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.

King James Bible
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

Darby Bible Translation
All darkness is laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown shall devour him; it shall feed upon what is left in his tent.

World English Bible
All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

Young's Literal Translation
All darkness is hid for his treasures, Consume him doth a fire not blown, Broken is the remnant in his tent.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Wherefore accountest thou me thine enemy?

Wouldst thou hunt down the parched stubble?

By the blast of God they perish;

And by the breath of His nostrils they are consumed.

Distress and anguish dismay him;

They overwhelm him as a king ready for battle.

Terrors shall be upon him -

Every horror treasured up in reserve for him.

A fire unblown shall consume him. Exodus 15:7

Job 20:26A fire not blown shall consume him - As Zophar is here showing that the wicked cannot escape from the Divine judgments; so he points out the different instruments which God employs for their destruction. The wrath of God - any secret or supernatural curse. The iron weapon - the spear or such like. The bow, and its swift-flying arrow.

Darkness - deep horror and perplexity. A fire not blown - a supernatural fire; lightning: such as fell on Korah, and his company, to whose destruction there is probably here an allusion: hence the words, It shall go ill with him who is left in his tabernacle. "And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. Get ye up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Depart from the tents of these wicked men. There came out a fire from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense;" Numbers 16:20, etc.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 18:5,6 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine...

Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look to the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

a fire

Psalm 21:9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath...

Psalm 120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; he has made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood...

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner...

it shall go

Job 18:19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.

Psalm 109:9-15 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow...

Isaiah 14:20-22 You shall not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, and slain your people...

June 9 Evening
The triumphing of the wicked is short.--JOB 20:5. Thou shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

GLORY OF GOD. God is the chief good--good so as nothing is but himself. He is in himself most happy; yea, all good and all true happiness are only to be found in God, as that which is essential to his nature; nor is there any good or any happiness in or with any creature or thing but what is communicated to it by God. God is the only desirable good; nothing without him is worthy of our hearts. Right thoughts of God are able to ravish the heart; how much more happy is the man that has interest in
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Cross References
Job 5:14
Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.

Job 15:30
He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.

Job 18:18
He is driven from light into the realm of darkness and is banished from the world.

Psalm 21:9
When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them.

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