New Living Translation
Your children must have sinned against him, so their punishment was well deserved.
King James Bible
If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
Darby Bible Translation
If thy children have sinned against him, he hath also given them over into the hand of their transgression.
World English Bible
If your children have sinned against him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.
Young's Literal Translation
If thy sons have sinned before Him, And He doth send them away, By the hand of their transgression,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:4 If - If thou wast innocent, thy children, upon whom a great part of these calamities fell, might be guilty; and therefore God is not unrighteous in these proceedings.
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
When these celebrations ended--sometimes after several days--Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, "Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular practice.
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: "Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother's home.
So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas.
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