Job 11:20

“But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the eyes of the wicked shall faile, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giuing vp of the ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to flee; And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the eyes of the evil-doers will be wasting away; their way of flight is gone, and their only hope is the taking of their last breath.
- Basic English Bible

But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and [all] refuge shall vanish from them, and their hope [shall be] the breathing out of life.
- Darby Bible

But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the expiration of the breath.
- Webster's Bible

But the eyes of the wicked shall fail. They shall have no way to flee. Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit."
- World English Bible

And the eyes of the wicked are consumed, And refuge hath perished from them, And their hope [is] a breathing out of soul!
- Youngs Literal Bible

But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall have no way to flee, and their hope shall be the drooping of the soul.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 11:20


11:20 Fail - Either with grief and tears for their sore calamities: or with long looking for what they shall never attain. Their hope - They shall never obtain deliverance out of their distresses, but shall perish in them. Ghost - Shall be as vain and desperate as the hope of life is in a man, when he is at the very point of death.


Discussion for Job 11

  • Michelle for verse 16
    the pain and sorrow that you had will be gone an you will not remember it again. the only thing you will remember is how the lord brought you out
  • Paul Solomon for verse 6
    My comments owe a debt of gratitude to Wesley's commentary, which helped me crystalize my own thoughts.

    I think Job 11:6 is abundantly mysterious and complex, and appears to have many layers of hidden meaning, as I think there is a lot more to this passage than what can be casually observed in the plain text. The exclamation point at the end of the first sentence is a clear sign that God is trying to get our attention.

    The second sentence seems to indicate that we are indeed fortunate to be allowed to know some of the Lord's secrets, considering that we can barely comprehend the extent of our own imperfections.
  • Stan Almendro
    Let us not forget where the Trials of Job started. It was at the challenge of Satan. He saw that Job was BLESSED and that Job lived a life that honored God. We need to deny the focus of the PROSPERITY Cult that wants to make people feel and believe that when tested (By God through whatever cause that initiated the test) they have done something wrong. It is HE at work in us to WILL and to DO at HIS good pleasure. We need to know that our times are in His hands and that HE will never test us beyond what we can bear BUT will make a way of escape by HELPING us to bear it. It can be that God has confidence in the work HE has done in a life and NOTHING can destroy that work as we see in Job. He said Though this thing destroys me yet will I serve Him.
  • Thabo
    This is my best verse in the whole of the Bible thus far, it teaches us that when we leave all our sins behind we will become invincible.
  • Q powers
    WHAT I GET FROM THIS IS THAT NONE IS WORTHTY IN FRONT OF GOD. WE MUST STAY HUMBLE AND PRAY, AND KNOW THAT GOD WILL ANSWER US IN HIS WAY & TIME. IT"S HARD WHEN TROUBLE COMES, BUT FAITH MUST SET IN.
  • Ajith wesley
    i think jophar was annointed by holyspirit and advising job of their sons sins and job judging others for their sins while his own sons doing sins, he cannot stop them.so he was told be frank in what he thinks .if it is wrong please clarify. thanq

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