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Job 20:19

    Job 20:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away an house which he built not;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because he has been cruel to the poor, turning away from them in their trouble; because he has taken a house by force which he did not put up;

    Webster's Revision

    For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

    World English Bible

    For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; he hath violently taken away an house, and he shall not build it up.

    Definitions for Job 20:19

    Forsaken - To leave in an abandoned condition.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 20:19

    He hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor - Literally, He hath broken in pieces the forsaken of the poor; כי רצץ עזב דלים ki ritstsats azab dallim. The poor have fled from famine, and left their children behind them; and this hard-hearted wretch, meaning Job all the while, has suffered them to perish, when he might have saved them alive.

    He hath violently taken away a house which he builded not - Or rather, He hath thrown down a house, and hath not rebuilt it. By neglecting or destroying the forsaken orphans of the poor, mentioned above, he has destroyed a house, (a family), while he might, by helping the wretched, have preserved the family from becoming extinct.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 20:19

    Because he hath oppressed - Margin, "crushed." Such is the Hebrew.

    And forsaken the poor - He has plundered them, and then forsaken them - as robbers do. The meaning is, that he had done this by his oppressive manner of dealing, and then left them to suffer and pine in want.

    He hath violently taken away an house which he builded not - That is, by overreaching and harsh dealings he has come in possession of dwellings which he did not build, or purchase in any proper manner. It does not mean that he had done this by violence - for Zophar is not describing a robber, but he means that he took advantage of the needs of the poor and obtained their property. This is often done still. A rich man takes advantage of the needs of the poor, and obtains their little farm or house for much less than it is worth. He takes a mortgage, and then forecloses it, and buys the property himself for much less than its real value, and thus practices a species of the worst kind of robbery. Such a man, Zophar says, must expect punishment - and if there is any man who has occasion to dread the wrath of heaven it is he.
    Book: Job