Job 15:20

20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.

Job 15:20 in Other Translations

20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
20 The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
20 “The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives. Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.
20 Those who live by their own rules, not God's, can expect nothing but trouble, and the longer they live, the worse it gets.
20 A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; few years are stored up for the ruthless.

Job 15:20 Meaning and Commentary

Job 15:20

The wicked man travaileth with pain all [his] days
Either to commit iniquity, which he is at great pains to do, and even to weariness; and, agreeably to the metaphor used, he conceives it in his heart, he travails with it in his mind, and he brings forth falsehood and a lie, what disappoints him, and which issues in death, eternal death, see ( Psalms 7:14-16 ) ( James 1:14 James 1:15 ) ; or to get wealth and riches, in obtaining of which he pierces himself through with many sorrows; and these being like thorns, in using them he gets many a scratch, and has a good deal of trouble, pain, and uneasiness in keeping them, insomuch that he cannot sleep comfortably through fear of losing them; wherefore he does not enjoy that peace, comfort, and happiness, it may be thought he does; and, besides all this, he has many an inward pain and gripe of conscience for his many sins and transgressions, which lie at the door of conscience, and when it is opened rush in, and make sad work, and put him to great pain and distress; for otherwise this cannot be said of every wicked man, that they are in outward pain and distress, or in uncomfortable circumstances, at least in appearance; for of some it is said, "they are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued like other men", ( Psalms 73:5 ) ; they live wholly at ease, and are quiet, and die so, at least seemingly: some restrain this to some particular person whom Eliphaz might have in view; the Targum paraphrases it of wicked Esau, who it was expected would repent, but did not; others think that he had in his eye some notorious oppressor, that had lived formerly, or in his time, as Nimrod, the mighty hunter and tyrant, or Chedorlaomer, who held for some years several kings in subjection to him; but it is much if he does not design Job himself; however, he forms the description of the wicked man in such a manner, that it might as near as possible suit his case, and in many things he plainly refers to it: and this is a sad case indeed, for a wicked man to travail in pain all his days in this life, and in the world to come to suffer the pains of hell fire to all eternity; the pains of a woman, to which the allusion is, are but short at most, but those of the wicked man are for life, yea, for ever; and among the rest of his pains of mind, especially in this world, what follows is one, and which gives much uneasiness: and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor; Mr. Broughton renders it, soon numbered years; that is, few, as the years of man's life at most are but few, and those of the oppressor fewer still, since bloody and deceitful men do not live out half the days of the years of man's life, but are oftentimes cut off in the midst of their days; and be they more or fewer, they are all numbered and fixed, and the number of them is with God, and him only; they are fixed and settled by the decree of God, and laid up in his purposes, and reserved for the oppressor; but they are a secret to him, he does not know how long he shall live, or how soon he may die, and then there will be an end of his oppression and tyranny, and of his enjoyment of his wealth and riches unjustly got; and this frets him, and gives him pain, and makes him uneasy; whereas a good man is easy about it, he is willing to wait his appointed time, till his change comes; he is not so much concerned to know the time of his death as to be in a readiness for it. The Targum paraphrases this of Ishmael the mighty: the oppressor is the same with the wicked man in the preceding clause.

Job 15:20 In-Context

18 what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors
19 (to whom alone the land was given when no foreigners moved among them):
20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.
21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.
22 He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 24; Isaiah 8:22; Isaiah 50:11; Isaiah 66:24
  • 2. Job 24:1; Job 27:13-23; Isaiah 2:12; Jeremiah 46:10; Obadiah 1:15; Zephaniah 1:7
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