Job 4:8

4:8 Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity

and those who sow trouble reap the same.

Job 5:6

5:6 For evil does not come up from the dust,

nor does trouble spring up from the ground,

Job 15:35

15:35 They conceive trouble and bring forth evil;

their belly prepares deception.”


tn The perfect verb here represents the indefinite past. It has no specific sighting in mind, but refers to each time he has seen the wicked do this.

sn The figure is an implied metaphor. Plowing suggests the idea of deliberately preparing (or cultivating) life for evil. This describes those who are fundamentally wicked.

tn The LXX renders this with a plural “barren places.”

tn Heb “reap it.”

sn The previous discussion shows how trouble rises, namely, from the rebelliousness of the fool. Here Eliphaz simply summarizes the points made with this general principle – trouble does not come from outside man, nor does it come as a part of the natural order, but rather it comes from the evil nature of man.

tn Infinitives absolute are used in this verse in the place of finite verbs. They lend a greater vividness to the description, stressing the basic meaning of the words.

tn At the start of the speech Eliphaz said Job’s belly was filled with the wind; now it is there that he prepares deception. This inclusio frames the speech.