Job 31:12

12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction[a] ; it would have uprooted my harvest.

Job 31:12 in Other Translations

12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
12 for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.
12 It is a fire that burns all the way to hell. It would wipe out everything I own.
12 Adultery is a fire that burns the house down; I wouldn't expect anything I count dear to survive it.
12 For it is a fire that consumes down to Abaddon; it would destroy my entire harvest.

Job 31:12 Meaning and Commentary

Job 31:12

For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction
Referring either to the nature of the sin of uncleanness; it is inflammatory, a burning lust, a fire burning in the breast; see ( 1 Corinthians 7:9 ) ; or to the effect of it, either the rage of jealousy in the injured person, which is exceeding fierce, furious, and cruel, like devouring fire, not to be appeased or mitigated, ( Proverbs 6:34 Proverbs 6:35 ) ( Song of Solomon 8:6 ) ; or else it may respect the punishment of this sin in the times of Job, and which we find was practised among the Gentiles, as the Canaanites, Job's neighbours, burning such delinquents with fire; see ( Genesis 38:24 ) ( Jeremiah 29:22 Jeremiah 29:23 ) ; or rather the wrath of God for it, which is poured forth as fire, and burns to the lowest hell, and into which lake of fire all such impure persons will be cast, unless the grace of God prevents; and which will be a fire that will consume and destroy both soul and body, and so be an utter and everlasting destruction, ( Revelation 21:8 ) ;

and would root out all my increase;
even in this world; adultery is a sin that not only ruins a man's character, fixes an indelible blot upon him, a reproach that shall not be wiped off, and consumes a man's body, and destroys the health of it, but his substance also, the increase of his fields, and of his fruits, and by means of it a man is brought to a piece of bread, to beg it, and to be glad of it, ( Proverbs 6:26 Proverbs 6:33 ) ( 5:10 ) .

Job 31:12 In-Context

10 then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.
11 For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.
12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction ; it would have uprooted my harvest.
13 “If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,
14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?

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