Job 15:31

31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.

Job 15:31 in Other Translations

31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.
31 Let them no longer fool themselves by trusting in empty riches, for emptiness will be their only reward.
31 There's a lesson here: Whoever invests in lies, gets lies for interest,
31 Let him not put trust in worthless things, being led astray, for what he gets in exchange will prove worthless.

Job 15:31 Meaning and Commentary

Job 15:31

Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity
Every wicked man is deceived, either by Satan, who deceives the whole world, deceived our first parents, and deceives all their posterity, not only profane sinners, but many professors of religion also; or by their own hearts, which are deceitful and desperately wicked; or through the deceitfulness of sin, which promises profit, pleasure, and liberty, and issues in ruin, pain, and bondage; and through the deceitfulness of riches, which promise that satisfaction they do not give: and such as are deceived in this manner are prone to trust in vanity; in men, who in every state, high or low, are altogether vanity; and in creature enjoyments, in outward riches and wealth, which are all vanity and vexation of spirit; and in their own hearts, and the vanity of their minds, which to do is extreme folly; and in their righteousness and external privileges, which will be of no service to them, as to their acceptance with God, and eternal happiness; and therefore trust in whatsoever is vain and empty, and affords no solid satisfaction, real pleasure, and advantage, is here dehorted from; unless the words will be allowed to be justly rendered, as I think they may, "trust not in him that is deceived by vanity" F5; by any of the above vain things, since he must himself be a vain man, and therefore not to be confided in; to which sense the Targum inclines;

``he will not (or should not) believe in a son of man (or in a man), who errs through falsehood;''

the reason dissuading from it follows:

for vanity shall be his recompence;
all that a man gets by trusting in vanity, or by trusting in a man deceived, is nothing but emptiness and vanity; he gets nothing solid and substantial, that will be of any advantage to him here or hereafter; and yet this he will not easily believe; and so Beza reads the words, "he that is deceived by vanity will not believe that vanity shall be his recompence".


F5 (hetn awvb) "per vanitatem deceptus", Beza; so Tigurine version.

Job 15:31 In-Context

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.
33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Job 31:5; Proverbs 1:16; Proverbs 6:18; Isaiah 44:20; Isaiah 59:7; Micah 2:11; S Mark 13:5; James 1:16
  • 2. Isaiah 30:12; Isaiah 47:10; Isaiah 59:4; Jeremiah 7:4,8; S Matthew 6:19
  • 3. Job 20:7; Job 22:13; Job 27:9; Job 35:13; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 11:11; Micah 3:4
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