New International Version
However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
King James Bible
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Darby Bible Translation
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword, and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread;
World English Bible
If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Young's Literal Translation
If his sons multiply -- for them is a sword. And his offspring are not satisfied with bread.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If his children be multiplied - As numerous families were supposed to be a proof of the benediction of the Almighty, Job shows that this is not always the case; for the offspring of the wicked shall be partly cut off by violent deaths, and partly reduced to great poverty.
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LibraryThe Touchstone of Godly Sincerity
Who, then, is this "wicked man," thus portrayed before us? And what are the first symptoms of his depravity? We ask not the question idly, but in order that we take heed against the uprise of such an evil in ourselves. "Beneath the saintly veil the votary of sin May lurk unseen; and to that eye alone Which penetrates the heart, may stand revealed." The hypocrite is very often an exceedingly neat imitation of the Christian. To the common observer he is so good a counterfeit that he entirely escapes …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871
Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword.
He has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived.
His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
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