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Job 21:29

    Job 21:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Have you not asked them that go by the way? and do you not know their tokens,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Have you not put the question to the travellers, and do you not take note of their experience?

    Webster's Revision

    Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences,

    World English Bible

    Haven't you asked wayfaring men? Don't you know their evidences,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 21:29

    Have ye not asked them that go by the way? - This appears to be Job's answer. Consult travelers who have gone through different countries; and they will tell you that they have seen both examples - the wicked in great prosperity in some instances, while suddenly destroyed in others. See at the end of the chapter, Job 21:34 (note).

    Do ye not know their tokens - Mr. Good translates the whole verse thus: "Surely thou canst never have inquired of men of travel; or thou couldst not have been ignorant of their tokens. Hadst thou made proper inquiries, thou wouldst have heard of their awful end in a thousand instances. And also of their prosperity." See at the end of this chapter, Job 21:34 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Job 21:29

    Have ye not asked them that go by the way? - Travelers, who have passed into other countries, and who have had an opportunity of making observations, and of learning the opinions of those residing there. The idea of Job is, that they might have learned from such travelers that such people were "reserved" for future destruction, and that calamity did not immediately overtake them. Information was obtained in ancient times by careful observation, and by traveling, and they who had gone into other countries would be highly regarded concerning point like this. They could speak of what they had observed of the actual dealings of God there, and of the sentiments of sages there. The idea is, that "they" would confirm the truth of what Job had said, that the wicked were often prosperous and happy.

    And do ye not know their tokens - The signs, or intimations which they have given of the actual state of things in other countries, perhaps by the inscriptions, records, and proverbs, by which they had "signified" the result of their inquiries.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 21:29

    21:29 Them - Any person that passes along the high - way, every one you meet with. It is so vulgar a thing, that no man of common sense is ignorant of it. Tokens - The examples, or evidences, of this truth, which they that go by the way can produce.
    Book: Job