Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 18:17

"Memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name abroad.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Wicked (People);   Thompson Chain Reference - Memory-Oblivion;   Oblivion;   Wicked, the;   The Topic Concordance - Knowledge;   Perishing;   Wickedness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Death of the Wicked, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Bildad;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Hypocrisy;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

His remembrance shall perish - He shall have none to survive him, to continue his name among men.

No name in the street - He shall never be a man of reputation; after his demise, none shall talk of his fame.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-18.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

His remembrance shall perish - His name - all recollection of him. Calamity shall follow him even after death; and that which every man desires, and every good man has, and honored name when he is dead, will be denied him. Men will hasten to forget him as fast as possible; compare Proverbs 10:7, “The name of the wicked shall rot.”

No name in the street - Men when they meet together in highways and places of concourse - when traveler meets traveler, and caravan caravan, shall not pause to speak of him and of the loss which society has substained by his death. It is one of the rewards of virtue that the good will speak of the upright man when he is dead; that they will pause in their journey, or in their business, to converse about him; and that the poor and the needy will dwell with affectionate interest upon their loss. “This” blessing, Bildad says, will be denied the wicked man. The world will not feel that they have any loss to deplore when he is dead. No great plan of benvolence has been arrested by his removal. The poor and the needy fare as well as they did before. The widow and the fatherless make no grateful remembrance of his name, and the world hastens to forget him as soon as possible. There is no man, except one who is lost to all virtue, who does not desire to be remembered when he is dead - by his children, his neighbors, his friends, and by the stranger who may read the record on the stone that marks his grave. Where this desire is “wholly” extinguished, man has reached the lowest possible point of degradation, and the last hold on him in favor of virtue has expired.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-18.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

His remembrance shall perish from the earth,.... Not only are the wicked forgotten of God in heaven, and are as the slain he remembers no more, unless it be to pour out his wrath upon them, and punish them for their sins, for which great Babylon will come up in remembrance before him; but of men on earth, and in the very places where they were born, and lived all their days, Ecclesiastes 8:10; yea, those places, houses and palaces, towns and cities, which they have built to perpetuate their memory among men, perish and come to nought, and their memorial with them, Psalm 9:5;

and he shall have no name in the street; much less in the house of God, still less in heaven, in the Lamb's book of life; so far from it, that he shall have none on earth, no good name among men; if ever his name is mentioned after his death, it is with some brand of infamy upon him; he is not spoken of in public, in a court of judicature, nor in any place of commerce and trade, nor in any concourse of people, or public assembly of any note, especially with any credit or commendation; such is the difference between a good man and a wicked man, see Proverbs 11:7.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-18.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

street — Men shall not speak of him in meeting in the highways; rather, “in the field” or “meadow”; the shepherds shall no more mention his name - a picture from nomadic life [Umbreit].

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-18.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

Ver. 17. His remembrance shall perish from the earth] As a tree, when root and branch is gone, is clean forgotten, and no man remembereth where it grew; so shall it be with the wicked, Non celebrabitur eius nomen et fama, nisi in malum, Ecclesiastes 8:10 (Mercer). It is reckoned as a great benefit to a wicked man to have his memory die with him, which, if it be preserved, stinks in keeping, and remains as a curse and perpetual disgrace.

And he shall have no name] i.e. No honourable name, no renown. A good name only is a name, Ecclesiastes 7:1, as a good wife only is a wife, Proverbs 18:22. Every married woman is not a wife. Zillah, Lamech’s wife, was but the shadow of a wife, as her name also signifieth. In like sort, those only have a name in the streets or public places who are talked about for good; like the martyrs, who have left their names for a blessing, Isaiah 65:15, when as their wretched persecutors have left a vile snuff behind, their lamps being put out in obscurity.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 18:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-18.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Instead of that honour and renown which he designed to have, both whilst he lived, and after his death, he is not so much as remembered, unless it be with contempt and reproach.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 18:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-18.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

b. His name shall survive only to serve as a warning to subsequent generations, Job 18:17-21.

17.Earth Land. 1 Samuel 23:23.

In the street — Literally, that which is outside, — open country. Hitzig renders, “on the common.” There shall be an utter extinction of his name: neither in town nor in the wilderness — nowhere — shall it be spoken.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-18.html. 1874-1909.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

People do not remember the wicked according to Bildad, he is banished into darkness, and his entire family perishes. "Lack of descendents was considered a terrible fate, for a man"s name would not be perpetuated" (Zuck p. 84).

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Dunagan, Mark. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/job-18.html. 1999-2014.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

Street. Men shall not speak of him in meeting in the highways. Rather, in the field, or meadow [ chuwtsowt (Hebrew #2351), Job 5:10 as here], the shepherds shall no more mention his name. A picture from nomadic life (Umbreit).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-18.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) His remembrance shall perish.—This is the doom which above all others is dreaded by the modern roamers of the desert. (Comp. also Jeremiah 35:19.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
13:12; Psalms 34:16; 83:4; 109:13; Proverbs 2:22; 10:7
Reciprocal: Exodus 17:14 - the remembrance;  2 Samuel 18:18 - I have no son;  Job 4:20 - without;  Job 15:32 - and his branch;  Job 24:20 - wickedness;  Psalm 41:5 - his name;  Psalm 109:15 - cut off;  Mark 11:20 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 18:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-18.html.