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Job 21:9

    Job 21:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God on them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Their houses are free from fear, and the rod of God does not come on them.

    Webster's Revision

    Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.

    World English Bible

    Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 21:9

    Neither is the rod of God upon them - They are not afflicted as other men.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 21:9

    Their houses are safe from fear - Margin, "peace from." The friends of Job had maintained just the contrary; see Job 20:27-28; Job 15:21-24. Their idea was, that the wicked man would never be free from alarms. Job says, that they lived in security and peace, and that their houses are preserved from the intrusions of evil-minded people.

    Neither is the rod of God upon them - The "rod" is an emblem of punishment. The idea is, that they were free from the chastisements which their sins deserved. There can be no doubt that there are cases enough in which the wicked live in security, to justify Job in all that he here affirms, as there are instances enough in which the wicked are cut off for their sins. to make what his friends said plausible. The truth is, good and evil are intermingled. There is a "general" course of events by which the wicked are involved in calamity in this life, and the righteous are prospered; but still, there are so many exceptions as to show the necessity of a future state of rewards and punishments. To us, who look to that future world, all is clear. But that view of the future state of retribution was not possessed by Job and his friends.
    Book: Job