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Job 36:18

    Job 36:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Because there is wrath, beware lest he take you away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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    Webster's Revision

    For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

    World English Bible

    Don't let riches entice you to wrath, neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Because there is wrath, beware lest thou be led away by thy sufficiency; neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 36:18

    Because there is wrath - This is a time in which God is punishing the wicked; take heed lest thou be cut off in a moment. Redeem the time; the days are evil.

    Then a great ransom - When he determines to destroy, who can save?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 36:18

    Because there is wrath - That is, the wrath of God is to be dreaded. The meaning is, that if Job persevered in the spirit which he had manifested, he had every reason to expect that God would suddenly cut him off. He might now repent and find mercy, but he had shown the spirit of those who were rebellions in affliction, and if he persevered in that, he had nothing to expect but the wrath of God.

    With his stroke - With his smiting or chastisement; compare Job 34:26.

    Then a great ransom cannot deliver thee - Margin, "turn thee aside." The meaning is, that a great ransom could not prevent him from being cut off. On the meaning of the word ransom, see the notes at Job 33:24. The idea here is, not that a great ransom could not deliver him "after" he was cut off and consigned to hell - which would be true; but that when he had manifested a spirit of insubmission a little longer, nothing could save him from being cut off from the land of the living. God would not spare him on account; of wealth, or rank, or age, or wisdom. None of these things would be a "ransom" in virtue of which his forfeited life would be preserved.
    Book: Job