Job 18:12

12 Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.

Job 18:12 in Other Translations

12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
12 His strength is famished, and calamity is ready for his stumbling.
12 Hunger depletes their strength, and calamity waits for them to stumble.
12 The hungry grave is ready to gobble them up for supper,
12 His strength is depleted; disaster lies ready for him to stumble.

Job 18:12 Meaning and Commentary

Job 18:12

His strength shall be hungerbitten
Or "shall be famine" {u}, or hunger, that is, shall be weakened by it; famine is a sore evil, and greatly weakens thee natural strength of men; want of food will soon bring down the strength of the strongest man, when the stay and the staff, the sustenance and support of man's nature is taken from him: many of the Jewish writers, by "his strength", understand his children, who are, as Jacob said of Reuben, his might, and the beginning of his strength, ( Genesis 49:3 ) ; and when grown up are his protection and defence; and for these to be distressed with hunger, or destroyed by famine, is a sore judgment; so the Targum paraphrases it, his firstborn son; Jarchi interprets it, his son; and Ben Gersom, his seed or offspring:

and destruction [shall be] ready at his side;
or "to his rib" F23; that is, his wife, as the Targum and Jarchi explain it, the Jews calling a man's wife his rib, because the woman was originally made out of one of the ribs of man; and if this could be thought to be the sense of the word here, and what is given by them of the former clause, both make up a complete account of the destruction of a wicked man's family, his wife and children: but rather it signifies some calamity, distress, and trouble at hand, ready prepared for wicked men, just going to be inflicted on them; for God has stores of vengeance for them, and has made ready his bow, and prepared instruments and arrows of death and destruction for them, as well as there is everlasting fire prepared, and blackness of darkness reserved for them in the world to come; for it can hardly be thought that this should be understood literally of any disease in the side, as the pleurisy which is threatening, or any mortal wound or stab there, such as Joab gave Amass under the fifth rib.


F21 (ber) "fames", Beza.
F23 (welul) "costae ejus", Montanus, Vatablus, Grotius, Schultens.

Job 18:12 In-Context

10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path.
11 Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.
12 Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.
13 It eats away parts of his skin; death’s firstborn devours his limbs.
14 He is torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Job 21:17
  • 2. Isaiah 8:21; Isaiah 9:20; Isaiah 65:13
  • 3. Job 31:3
  • 4. Job 15:23
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