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Job 5:3

    Job 5:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly the curse came on his house.

    Webster's Revision

    I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.

    World English Bible

    I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 5:3

    I have seen the foolish taking root - I have seen wicked men for a time in prosperity, and becoming established in the earth; but I well knew, from God's manner of dealing with men, that they must soon be blasted. I even ventured to pronounce their doom; for I knew that, in the order of God's providence, that was inevitable. I cursed his habitation.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 5:3

    I have seen the foolish - The wicked. To confirm the sentiment which he had just advanced, Eliphaz appeals to his own observation, and says that though the wicked for a time seem to be prosperous, yet he had observed that they were soon overtaken with calamity and cut down. He evidently means that prosperity was no evidence of the divine favor; but that when it had continued for a little time, and was then withdrawn, it was proof that the man who had been prospered was at heart a wicked man. It was easy to understated that he meant that this should be applied to Job, who, though he had been favored with temporary prosperity, was now revealed to be at heart a wicked man. The sentiment here advanced by Eliphaz, as the result of his observation, strikingly accords with the observation of David, as expressed in Psalm 23:1-6 :

    "I have seen the wicked in great power,

    And spreading himself like a green bay-tree;

    Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:

    Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found."

    Psalm 23:1-6 :35-36.

    Taking root - This figure, to denote prosperous and rapid growth, is often used in the Scriptures. Thus, in Psalm 1:3 :

    "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

    That bringeth forth his fruit in his season."

    So Isaiah 27:6 :

    "Those that come out of Jacob shall he cause to take root;

    Israel shall blossom and bud,

    And shall fill the face of the world with fruit."

    So Psalm 80:9-10 :

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    Wesley's Notes on Job 5:3

    5:3 Foolish - The wicked man. Root - Not only prosperous for the present, but, as it seemed, firm and secure for the future. Suddenly - In a moment, beyond mine, and his own, and all other mens expectation. Cursed - l saw by the event which followed his prosperity, that he was a man accursed of God.
    Book: Job