Job 31:3

3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

Job 31:3 Meaning and Commentary

Job 31:3

[Is] not destruction to the wicked?
&c.] It is even to such wicked men, who live in the sin of fornication, and make it their business to ensnare and corrupt virgins; and which is another reason why Job was careful to avoid that sin; wickedness of every sort is the cause of destruction, destruction and misery are in the ways of wicked men, and their wicked ways lead unto it, and issue in it, even destruction of soul and body in hell, which is swift and sudden, and will be everlasting: this is laid up for wicked men among the treasures of God's wrath, and they are reserved that, and there is no way of deliverance from it but by Christ:

and a strange [punishment] to the workers of iniquity;
the iniquity of fornication and whoredom, ( Proverbs 30:20 ) ; who make it their business to commit it, and live in a continued course of uncleanness and other sins; a punishment, something strange, unusual, and uncommon, as the filthy venereal disease in this world, and everlasting burnings in another; or "alienation" F25, a state of estrangement and banishment from the presence of God and Christ, and from the society of the saints, to all eternity; see ( Matthew 25:46 ) ( 2 Thessalonians 1:9 ) ( Luke 16:26 ) .


F25 (rknw) "et abalienatio", Munster; "et alienatio", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Drusius, Schmidt.

Job 31:3 In-Context

1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;