Job 18:20

20 People of the west are appalled at his fate; those of the east are seized with horror.

Job 18:20 in Other Translations

20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
20 They of the west are appalled at his day, and horror seizes them of the east.
20 People in the west are appalled at their fate; people in the east are horrified.
20 Westerners are aghast at their fate, easterners are horrified:
20 Those in the west are appalled at his fate, while those in the east tremble in horror.

Job 18:20 Meaning and Commentary

Job 18:20

They that come after [him] shall be astonished at his day,
&c.] At the day of his calamity and distress, ruin and destruction, see ( Psalms 37:13 ) ( Obadiah 1:12 ) ; it would be extremely amazing to them how it should be, that a man who was in such flourishing and prosperous circumstances, should be brought at once, he and his family, into such extreme poverty, and into such a distressed and forlorn condition; they should be, as it were, thunderstruck at it, not being able to account for it: by these are meant such as are younger than the wicked man, and that continue longer than he, yet upon the spot when his calamity befell; or else posterity in later times, who would be made acquainted with the whole affair, and be surprised at the relation of it:

as they that went before were affrighted;
not that lived before the times of the wicked man, for they could not see his day, or be spectators of his ruin, and so be frightened at it; but his contemporaries, who are said to be those that went before, not with respect to the wicked man, but with respect to younger persons or posterity that were after; so Bar Tzemach interprets it, which were in his time, or his contemporaries; and Mr. Broughton,

``the present took an horror;''

a late learned commentator F16 renders the words, western and eastern; as if all people in the world, east and west, would be amazed and astonished at the sudden and utter destruction of this wicked man.


F16 Schultens.

Job 18:20 In-Context

18 He is driven from light into the realm of darkness and is banished from the world.
19 He has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived.
20 People of the west are appalled at his fate; those of the east are seized with horror.
21 Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 22:6-7; Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2-3; Ezekiel 27:35
  • 2. Psalms 37:13; Jeremiah 46:21; Jeremiah 50:27,31; Ezekiel 7:7