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Job 4:7

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— “Remember now, who [ever] perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? or where were the upright cut off?
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Remember, I pray thee, who that was innocent has perished? and where were the upright cut off?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Remember, I pray thee, who, being innocent, hath perished, or when, the upright, have been cut off.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Remember, I pray thee, Who, being innocent, hath perished? And where have the upright been cut off?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or when were the just destroyed?
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Remember, I pray thee: who euer perished, being an innocent? or where were the vpright destroyed?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Remember, I pray thee, who [euer] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Remember, I pray you, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright ever put to shame?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Remember then who has perished, being pure? or when were the true-hearted utterly destroyed?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Remember, 2142
{2142} Prime
A primitive root; properly to mark (so as to be recognized), that is, to remember; by implication to mention; also (as denominative from H2145) to be male.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
I pray thee, x4994
(4994) Complement
A primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered I pray, now or then; added mostly to verbs (in the imperative or future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjugation.
who x4310
(4310) Complement
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
[ever] perished, 6
{0006} Prime
A primitive root; properly to wander away, that is lose oneself; by implication to perish (causatively, destroy).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
being innocent? 5355
{5355} Prime
From H5352; innocent.
or where 375
{0375} Prime
From H0335 and H6311; what place?; also (of time) when?; or (of means) how?.
were the righteous 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
cut off? 3582
{3582} Prime
A primitive root; to secrete, by act or word; hence (intensively) to destroy.
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Job 4:7-11

_ _ Eliphaz here advances another argument to prove Job a hypocrite, and will have not only his impatience under his afflictions to be evidence against him but even his afflictions themselves, being so very great and extraordinary, and there being no prospect at all of his deliverance out of them. To strengthen his argument he here lays down these two principles, which seem plausible enough: —

_ _ I. That good men were never thus ruined. For the proof of this he appeals to Job's own observation (Job 4:7): “Remember, I pray thee; recollect all that thou hast seen, heard, or read, and give me an instance of any one that was innocent and righteous, and yet perished as thou dost, and was cut off as thou art.” If we understand it of a final and eternal destruction, his principle is true. None that are innocent and righteous perish for ever: it is only a man of sin that is a son of perdition, 2 Thessalonians 2:3. But then it is ill applied to Job; he did not thus perish, nor was he cut off: a man is never undone till he is in hell. But, if we understand it of any temporal calamity, his principle is not true. The righteous perish (Isaiah 57:1): there is one event both to the righteous and to the wicked (Ecclesiastes 9:2), both in life and death; the great and certain difference is after death. Even before Job's time (as early as it was) there were instances sufficient to contradict this principle. Did not righteous Abel perish being innocent? and was he not cut off in the beginning of his days? Was not righteous Lot burnt out of house and harbour, and forced to retire to a melancholy cave? Was not righteous Jacob a Syrian ready to perish? Deuteronomy 26:5. Other such instances, no doubt, there were, which are not on record.

_ _ II. That wicked men were often thus ruined. For the proof of this he vouches his own observation (Job 4:8): “Even as I have seen, many a time, those that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap accordingly; by the blast of God they perish, Job 4:9. We have daily instances of that; and therefore, since thou dost thus perish and art consumed, we have reason to think that, whatever profession of religion thou hast made, thou hast but ploughed iniquity and sown wickedness. Even as I have seen in others, so do I see in thee.”

_ _ 1. He speaks of sinners in general, politic busy sinners, that take pains in sin, for they plough iniquity; and expect gain by sin, for they sow wickedness. Those that plough plough in hope, but what is the issue? They reap the same. They shall of the flesh reap corruption and ruin, Galatians 6:7, Galatians 6:8. The harvest will be a heap in the day of grief and desperate sorrow, Isaiah 17:11. He shall reap the same, that is, the proper product of that seedness. That which the sinner sows, he sows not that body that shall be, but God will give it a body, a body of death, the end of those things, Romans 6:21. Some, by iniquity and wickedness, understand wrong and injury done to others. Those who plough and sow them shall reap the same, that is, they shall be paid in their own coin. Those who are troublesome shall be troubled, 2 Thessalonians 1:6; Joshua 7:25. The spoilers shall be spoiled (Isaiah 33:1), and those that led captive shall go captive, Revelation 13:10. He further describes their destruction (Job 4:9): By the blast of God they perish. The projects they take so much pains in are defeated; God cuts asunder the cords of those ploughers, Psalms 129:3, Psalms 129:4. They themselves are destroyed, which is the just punishment of their iniquity. They perish, that is, they are destroyed utterly; they are consumed, that is, they are destroyed gradually; and this by the blast and breath of God, that is, (1.) By his wrath. His anger is the ruin of sinners, who are therefore called vessels of wrath, and his breath is said to kindle Tophet, Isaiah 30:33. Who knows the power of his anger? Psalms 90:11. (2.) By his word. He speaks and it is done, easily and effectually. The Spirit of God, in the word, consumes sinners; with that he slays them, Hosea 6:5. Saying and doing are not two things with God. The man of sin is said to be consumed with the breath of Christ's mouth, 2 Thessalonians 2:8. Compare Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 19:21. Some think that in attributing the destruction of sinners to the blast of God, and the breath of his nostrils, he refers to the wind which blew the house down upon Job's children, as if they were therefore sinners above all men because they suffered such things. Luke 13:2.

_ _ 2. He speaks particularly of tyrants and cruel oppressors, under the similitude of lions, Job 4:10, Job 4:11. Observe, (1.) How he describes their cruelty and oppression. The Hebrew tongue has five several names for lions, and they are all here used to set forth the terrible tearing power, fierceness, and cruelty, of proud oppressors. They roar, and rend, and prey upon all about them, and bring up their young ones to do so too, Ezekiel 19:3. The devil is a roaring lion; and they partake of his nature, and do his lusts. They are strong as lions, and subtle (Psalms 10:9; Psalms 17:12); and, as far as they prevail, they lay all desolate about them. (2.) How he describes their destruction, the destruction both of their power and of their persons. They shall be restrained from doing further hurt and reckoned with for the hurt they have done. An effectual course shall be taken, [1.] That they shall not terrify. The voice of their roaring shall be stopped. [2.] That they shall not tear. God will disarm them, will take away their power to do hurt: The teeth of the young lions are broken. See Psalms 3:7. Thus shall the remainder of wrath be restrained. [3.] That they shall not enrich themselves with the spoil of their neighbours. Even the old lion is famished, and perishes for lack of prey. Those that have surfeited on spoil and rapine are perhaps reduced to such straits as to die of hunger at last. [4.] That they shall not, as they promise themselves, leave a succession: The stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad, to seek for food themselves, which the old ones used to bring in for them, Nahum 2:12. The lion did tear in pieces for his whelps, but now they must shift for themselves. Perhaps Eliphaz intended, in this, to reflect upon Job, as if he, being the greatest of all the men of the east, had got his estate by spoil and used his power in oppressing his neighbours, but now his power and estate were gone, and his family was scattered: if so, it was a pity that a man whom God praised should be thus abused.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 4:7

Innocent — Therefore thou art guilty of some great, though secret crimes, and thy sin hath now found thee out. Cut off — By the sickle of Divine vengeance before his time, which is like to be thy case. Eliphaz here advances another argument to prove Job an hypocrite; taken not only from his impatience under afflictions, but from his afflictions themselves.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 4:7

Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being (d) innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

(d) He concludes that Job was reproved seeing that God handles him so extremely, which is the argument that the carnal men make against the children of God.

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Job 9:22-23 This [is] one [thing], therefore I said [it], He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. ... If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Ecclesiastes 7:15 All [things] have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just [man] that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his life] in his wickedness.
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, [are] in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred [by] all [that is] before them. ... All [things come] alike to all: [there is] one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as [is] the good, so [is] the sinner; [and] he that sweareth, as [he] that feareth an oath.
Acts 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
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Jb 9:22. Ps 37:25. Ec 7:15; 9:1. Ac 28:4. 2P 2:9.

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