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Job 15:34

    Job 15:34 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the band of the evil-doers gives no fruit, and the tents of those who give wrong decisions for reward are burned with fire.

    Webster's Revision

    For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

    World English Bible

    For the company of the godless shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the company of the godless shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 15:34

    The congregation of hypocrites -

    11. Job is here classed with hypocrites, or rather the impious of all kinds. The congregation, or עדת adath, society, of such, shall be desolate, or a barren rock, גלמוד galmud. See this Arabic word explained in the note on Job 3:7 (note).

    Fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery -

    12. Another insinuation against Job, that he had perverted justice and judgment, and had taken bribes.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 15:34

    For the congregation of hypocrites - The word rendered "congregation" here (עדה ‛êdâh) means properly an appointed meeting; a meeting convened by appointment or at stated times (from ידה yâdâh), and hence, an assembly of any kind. It is commonly applied to an assembly for public worship; but it may refer to a more private company - a family, or circle of friends, dependents, etc. It refers here, I suppose, to such a community that a man can get around him in his own dwelling - his family, servants, dependents, etc. The word rendered "hypocrites" (חנף chânêph) is in the singular number, and should be so rendered here. It does not mean that a worshipping assembly composed of hypocrites would be desolate - which may be true - but that the community which a man who is a hypocrite can gather around him shall be swept away. His children, his dependents, and his retinue of servants, shall be taken away from him, and he shall be left to solitude. Probably there was an allusion here to Job, who had been stripped in this manner; or at any rate the remark was one, if it were a quotation from the ancient sayings of the Arabians, which Job could not but regard as applied to himself.

    And fire shall consume - This has all the appearance of being a proverb. The meaning is, that they who received a bribe would be certainly punished.

    The tabernacles of bribery - The tents or dwellings of those who receive bribes, and who therefore are easily corrupted, and have no solid principles. There is probably an allusion here to Job; and no doubt Eliphaz meant to apply this severe remark to him. Job was a Sheik, an Emir, a head of a tribe, and, therefore, a magistrate; see Job 29:7, seq. Yet a part of his possessions and servants had been cut off by fire from heaven Job 1:16; and Eliphaz means probably to imply that it had been because he had been guilty of receiving a bribe. This ancient proverb declared that the dwellings of the man who could be bribed would be consumed by fire; and now he presumes that the fact that Job had been visited by the fire of heaven was full proof that he had been guilty in this manner. It was about on principles such as these that the reasoning of the friends of Job was conducted.
    Book: Job