Job 5:16

16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.

Job 5:16 in Other Translations

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth.
16 And so at last the poor have hope, and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut.
16 And so the poor continue to hope, while injustice is bound and gagged.
16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.

Job 5:16 Meaning and Commentary

Job 5:16

So the poor hath hope
Who observing this and that and the other poor man crying to the Lord and saved, hopes that he may be saved by him also; and having had experience of salvation out of one trouble or more, even out of six troubles, as in ( Job 5:19 ) , entertains a comfortable hope he shall be saved out of the seventh, or whatsoever he is in: the word F25 used signifies one that is weak and feeble, attenuated, and exhausted of his strength, wealth, and substance; and may be applied to one spiritually poor, and in a very destitute and forlorn condition in himself; and yet, through the revelation of the grace and mercy of God to him, has hope of safety in Christ, the strong hold and hope set before him to flee unto; and of salvation by him, it being in him, and for the chief of sinners, and altogether free; and of eternal life through him, as being promised of God, that cannot lie: the free gift of God through Christ, and in his hands to dispose of:

and iniquity stoppeth her mouth:
that is, iniquitous men: very wicked men, who are iniquity and wickedness itself; these shall stop their mouths, through shame at what they have said concerning the poor that God saves, see ( Micah 7:9 Micah 7:10 ) ; and through admiration at the goodness of God in saving them, ( Isaiah 52:15 ) ; having nothing to say against the ways and dispensations of Divine Providence, they are apt to quarrel with, ( Psalms 107:40-42 ) ; and especially at the last day such shall have their mouths stopped, and shall not be able to open them against the Lord or his people, being convinced of their hard speeches which they have spoken against them, ( Jude 1:15 ) ; and will be like the man at the feast without a wedding garment, speechless, or muzzled, and his mouth stopped, ( Matthew 22:12 ) .


F25 (ldl) "tenai", Montanus, Vatablus, Junius, Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.

Job 5:16 In-Context

14 Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.
15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.
16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.
17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 20:19; Job 31:16; Proverbs 17:5; Proverbs 22:22; Isaiah 11:4; Isaiah 41:17; Isaiah 61:1
  • 2. Psalms 63:11; Psalms 107:42; Romans 3:19
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