Job 5:11

11 The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

Job 5:11 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 he sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
New Living Translation (NLT)
11 He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer.
The Message Bible (MSG)
11 He raises up the down-and-out, gives firm footing to those sinking in grief.
American Standard Version (ASV)
11 So that he setteth up on high those that are low, And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
11 He places lowly people up high. He lifts those who mourn to safety.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
11 He sets the lowly on high, and mourners are lifted to safety.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
11 He lifts up those who are lowly in spirit. He lifts up those who are sad. He keeps them safe.

Job 5:11 Meaning and Commentary

Job 5:11

To set up on high those that be low
Not the low plants, which, through rain, are made to run up on high, though there is a truth in that; but husbandmen and gardeners, and such like persons, in low circumstances, who, by means of showers of rain, which make their gardens, fields, and lands fruitful, are raised to enjoy good estates, and large possessions:

that those which mourn may be exalted to safety;
or "are black" F12, that are clothed in black, as a token of mourning; or whose faces are black with famine, see ( Lamentations 4:8 ) ( 5:10 ) ; or are in very distressed circumstances, and black through poverty, as the Targum, and mourn over and grieve at their sad and deplorable case; those, through rain and fruitful seasons, are brought out of such an uncomfortable situation, and put into a better condition of life, where they are as in a fortress, out of the reach of such sad calamities: some connect the words with the following, that in order to do this, to raise up the humble and exalt mourners, "he disappoints the devices of the crafty", &c. ( Job 5:12 ) .


F12 (Myrdq) "denigrati", Montanus, Bolducius; "atrati", Cocceius, Schmidt, Michaelis; "pullati", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Beza; "sordidati", Schultens.

Job 5:11 In-Context

9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.
11 The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.
13 He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S 1 Samuel 2:7-8; S Job 4:7; Psalms 75:7; Psalms 113:7-8
  • 2. Isaiah 61:2; Matthew 5:4; Romans 12:15
  • 3. S Matthew 23:12; James 4:10
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