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Job 24:21

    Job 24:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He evil entreats the barren that bears not: and does not good to the widow.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He is not kind to the widow, and he has no pity for her child.

    Webster's Revision

    He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow.

    World English Bible

    He devours the barren who don't bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He devoureth the barren that beareth not; and doeth not good to the widow.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 24:21

    He evil entreateth the barren - I believe the original word ולה should be translated he feedeth, and so the Vulgate understood the word: Pavit enim sterilem. He has been kind to the barren woman; but he has done no good to the widow. He has shown no mercy to large families; he has been an enemy to the procreation of children. Though he may, for particular reasons, have provided for a barren woman; yet the widow he has not comforted, she being old or infirm, or such as might not suit his purpose.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 24:21

    He evil entreateth the barren - The woman who has no children to comfort or support her. He increases her calamity by acts of cruelty and oppression. To be without children, as is well known, was regarded, in the patriarchal ages, as a great calamity.

    And doeth not good to the widow - See the notes at Job 24:3. Notwithstanding all this, he is permitted to live in prosperity, and to die without any visible tokens of the divine displeasure.

    Job 24:21.Job's own conduct was an illustration of the elevated and pure views of ancient piety:

    When the ear heard me, then it blessed me;

    And when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me;

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    Wesley's Notes on Job 24:21

    24:21 He - He here returns to the declaration of his farther wickednesses, the cause of these judgments. Barren - Barrenness was esteemed a curse and reproach; and so he added affliction to the afflicted.
    Book: Job