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Job 5:15

    Job 5:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But he saveth from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But he keeps safe from their sword those who have no father, and the poor from the power of the strong.

    Webster's Revision

    But he saveth from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

    World English Bible

    But he saves from the sword of their mouth, even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But he saveth from the sword of their mouth, even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 5:15

    He saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth - This is rather a harsh construction. To avoid this, some have proposed to render מחרב mechereb, which we translate from the sword, the persecuted, but, I am afraid, on very slender authority. Instead of מחרב מפיהם mechereb mippihem, "from the sword, from their mouth," eleven of Kennicott and De Rossi's MSS. read מחרב פיהם mechereb pihem, from the sword of their mouth; and with these MSS. the Chaldee, Vulgate, Syriac, and Arabic agree. The verse, therefore, may be translated thus: -

    He saveth from the sword of their mouth;

    The poor from the hand of the mighty.

    Or thus: -

    He saveth from the sword of their mouth;

    And with a strong hand the impoverished.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 5:15

    But he saveth the poor from the sword - He shows himself to be the friend and protector of the defenseless. The phrase "from the sword, from their mouth," has been variously interpreted. Dr. Good renders it,

    So he saveth the persecutors from their mouth,

    And the helpless from the hand of the violent."

    Noyes,

    So he saveth the persecuted from their mouth,

    The oppressed from the hand of the mighty."

    This rendering is obtained by changing the points in the word מחרב mēchereb, "from the sword," to מחרב māchĕrāb, making it the Hophal participle from חרב chârab, to make desolate. This was proposed by Capellus, and has been adopted by Durell, Michaelis, Dathe, Doederlein, and others. Rosenmuller pronounces it wholly unauthorized. Jerome renders it, a gladio otis eorum - "from the sword of their mouth." It seems to me that the whole verse may be literally rendered, "he saveth from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the strong, the poor." According to this version, the phrase "from their mouth" may either mean from the mouth, i. e. the edge of the sword, using the plural for the singular, or from the mouth of oppressors, using it to represent their violence, and their disposition to devour the poor. The latter is more probably the true interpretation, and there is no need of a ehange in the points in the Hebrew. Thus, interpreted, the sense is, that God preserves the poor from oppression; or, in other words, that he befriends them, and is therefore worthy of confidence. This sentiment accords with what is found everywhere in the Bible.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 5:15

    5:15 Mouth - Which was ready to swallow them up.
    Book: Job