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Job 5:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— His children are far from safety, And they are crushed in the gate, Neither is there any to deliver them:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, and there is no deliverer:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— His children are far removed from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, and there is none to deliver:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Far are his sons from safety, And they are bruised in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— His children shall be far from safety, and shall be destroyed in the gate, and there shall be none to deliver them.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— His children are farre from safetie, and they are crushed in the gate, neither [is there] any to deliuer [them].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let their children be far from safety, and let them be crushed at the doors of vile men, and let there be no deliverer.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
His children 1121
{1121} Prime
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
are far 7368
{7368} Prime
A primitive root; to widen (in any direction), that is, (intransitively) recede or (transitively) remove (literally or figuratively, of place or relation).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
from safety, 3468
{3468} Prime
From H3467; liberty, deliverance, prosperity.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
and they are crushed 1792
{1792} Prime
A primitive root (compare H1794) to crumble; transitively to bruise (literally or figuratively).
<8691> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 533
in the gate, 8179
{8179} Prime
From H8176 in its original sense; an opening, that is, door or gate.
neither x369
(0369) Complement
As if from a primitive root meaning to be nothing or not exist; a non-entity; generally used as a negative particle.
[is there] any to deliver 5337
{5337} Prime
A primitive root; to snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 5:4

_ _ His children ... crushed in the gate — A judicial formula. The gate was the place of judgment and of other public proceedings (Psalms 127:5; Proverbs 22:22; Genesis 23:10; Deuteronomy 21:19). Such propylaea have been found in the Assyrian remains. Eliphaz obliquely alludes to the calamity which cut off Job’s children.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 5:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 5:4

Children — Whose greatness he designed in all his enterprizes, supposing his family would be established for ever. Safely — Are exposed to dangers and calamities, and can neither preserve themselves, nor the inheritance which their fathers left them. There is no question but he glances here, at the death of Job's children.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 5:4

His (e) children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the (f) gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them].

(e) Though God sometimes allows the father's to pass in this world, yet his judgments will light on their wicked children.

(f) By public judgment they will be condemned and no one will pity them.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 4:10-11 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. ... The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
Job 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
Job 18:16-19 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. ... He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
Job 27:14 If his children be multiplied, [it is] for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;
Psalms 109:9-15 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. ... Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
Psalms 119:155 Salvation [is] far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
Psalms 127:5 Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

they are crushed:

Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Luke 13:4-5 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? ... I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.


Job 10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and [there is] none that can deliver out of thine hand.
Psalms 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending [it] in pieces, while [there is] none to deliver.
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