Job 38:15

15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

Job 38:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
ESV
15 From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
NLT
15 The light disturbs the wicked and stops the arm that is raised in violence.
MSG
15 The cover of darkness is snatched from the wicked - they're caught in the very act!
CSB
15 Light is withheld from the wicked, and the arm raised [in violence] is broken.

Job 38:15 Meaning and Commentary

Job 38:15

And from the wicked their light is withholden
Whose light is darkness, and whose day is the night, of which they are deprived when the morning light breaks forth; see ( Job 24:17 ) ; it may be figuratively understood of the light of prosperity being removed from them, or the light of life, when they shall be sent into utter darkness;

and the high arm shall be broken;
their power weakened and made useless; even the power of such wicked men who have had a large share of it, and have used it in a tyrannical manner; and especially this will be their case at death; see ( Isaiah 14:10 Isaiah 14:12 ) .

Job 38:15 In-Context

13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 28:29; S Job 15:22; S Job 18:5
  • 2. S Genesis 17:14; S Job 4:10; S Job 31:22; Psalms 10:15