Job 15:30

30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.

Job 15:30 in Other Translations

30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
30 he will not depart from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and by the breath of his mouth he will depart.
30 “They will not escape the darkness. The burning sun will wither their shoots, and the breath of God will destroy them.
30 And then death - don't think they'll escape that! They'll end up shriveled weeds, brought down by a puff of God's breath.
30 He will not escape from the darkness; flames will wither his shoots, and he will depart by the breath of God's mouth.

Job 15:30 Meaning and Commentary

Job 15:30

He shall not depart out of darkness
Out of the darkness of poverty, calamity, and distress he comes into, and, indeed, he despairs of it himself, as in ( Job 15:22 ) ; and in a spiritual sense he departs not out of the darkness of sin, out of the dark state of unregeneracy; nor will he depart out of the blackness and darkness reserved for him hereafter, when he is once come into it:

the flame shall dry up his branches;
alluding either to a violent drought and heat, which dries up pastures, herbs, and trees, and the branches of them; or to a wind, as the Septuagint, a burning wind, in the eastern countries, which consumed all green things; or to a flash of lightning, which shatters, strips, and destroys branches of trees: here it may signify the wrath of God, like a flame of fire consuming the wealth and substance, and families, of wicked men; whose children particularly may be compared to branches, and so respect may be had to Job's children, who were suddenly destroyed by a violent wind, which threw down the house in which they were:

and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away;
out of the world, a phrase expressive of death; either because of the breath of his own mouth, as some in Jarchi, because of his blasphemies against God and his people, because of his cursing and swearing his mouth is full of, and the many vain, foolish, and idle words which come out of it, and for which he will be condemned; or rather

``by the breath of the mouth of God,''

as the Targum; either according to his purpose and decree, and by his order, and the word that goes out of his mouth; the wicked man shall be obliged to depart out of the world at once, being struck dead by him, as Ananias and Sapphira were; or by his powerful wrath and vengeance, whose breath is as a stream of brimstone, and with which he will slay the wicked of the earth, and particularly will consume the wicked one, antichrist, even with the spirit of his mouth, and with the brightness of his coming, ( Isaiah 11:4 ) ( 2 Thessalonians 2:8 ) .

Job 15:30 In-Context

28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.
29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.
31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
32 Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Job 5:14
  • 2. ver 34; Job 16:7; Job 20:26; Job 22:20; Job 31:12
  • 3. ver 32; Job 8:19; Job 18:16; Job 29:19; Hosea 9:1-16; Malachi 4:1
  • 4. S Exodus 15:10; Job 4:9
  • 5. Isaiah 40:23-24
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