Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 18:7

"His vigorous stride is shortened, And his own scheme brings him down.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Wicked (People);   The Topic Concordance - Bearing Fruit;   Knowledge;   Perishing;   Snares;   Wickedness;  
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

The steps of his strength - Even in his greatest prosperity he shall be in straits and difficulties.

His own counsel - He shall be the dupe and the victim of his own airy, ambitious, and impious schemes.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-18.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The steps of his strength - Strong steps. “Steps of strength” is a Hebraism, to denote firm or vigorous steps.

Shall be straitened - Shall be compressed, embarrassed, hindered. Instead of walking freely and at large, he shall be compressed and limited in his goings. “Large steps,” “free movement,” etc. are proverbial expressions among the Arabs, to denote freedom, prosperity, etc. RosenmulIer. Schultens quotes the following illustrations from the Arabic poets. From Ibn Doreid, “He who does not confine himself within human limits, his vast strides shall be straitened.” And from Taurizius,” After the battle of Bedrense, the steps were straitened.” The meaning here is, that he would be greatly impeded in his movements, instead of going forth at large and in full vigor as he had formerly done.

And his own counsel - His own plans shall be the means of his fall.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-18.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The steps of his strength shall be straitened,.... As a man in health can take large and strong steps, and travel in the greatness of his strength; so in prosperity he can and does take large steps in obtaining fame and reputation among men, in amassing substance to himself, and towards settling his family in the world; he is like one in a large place, and walks at liberty, goes in and out at pleasure, and none can control him; he walks in pride, and with an high and lifted up head, and with contempt of others, and his will is his law, and he does as he pleases; but in adversity, as his strength is weakened in the way, he cannot take the strides he did, his way is hedged up with thorns, he is pressed on every side, and surrounded with troubles, so that, let him turn himself which way he will, he can find no way to escape:

and his own counsel shall cast him down; as Ahithophel's and Haman's did, which issued in their ruin, 2 Samuel 17:23; what wicked men sometimes plot and devise, with a view to their own good, and the injury of others, proves the destruction of themselves; when they have contrived to raise themselves upon the ruins of others, it has been the means of casting them down from the state and condition they were in, instead of raising to an higher, even down to desolation, and into the most miserable circumstances.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "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

steps of his strengthHebrew, for “His strong steps.” A firm step marks health. To be straitened in steps is to be no longer able to move about at will (Proverbs 4:12).

his own counsel — Plans shall be the means of his fall (Job 5:13).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-18.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

Steps — His strong steps, by a vulgar Hebraism: his attempts and actions; such of them as seem to be contrived with greatest strength of understanding, and carried on with greatest resolution.

Straitened — Shall be hindered and entangled. He shall be cast into difficulties and perplexities, so that he shall not be able to proceed, and to accomplish his enterprizes.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-18.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 18:7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

Ver. 7. The steps of his strength shall be straitened] That is, saith Vatablus, he shall not do what he would and was wont. He shall lose his courage in the midst of his enterprises, and not be able to effect his attempts.

And his own counsel shall cast him down] His cunning shall fail him, his counsel, whereby once he rose, shall serve but to advance his overthrow, and to precipitate him into misery. We use to say of a cunning pated fellow, that he never lacked a trick wherewith to help himself; but there is neither power nor policy against the Lord and his judgments. Of the Athenians it is said, that Minerva turned all their evil counsel into good unto them. God’s enemies have no such friend to help them at a dead lift. The stone cut out of the mountain without hands shall bring down the golden image with a powder, and make it like the chaff of the summer floor, Daniel 2:35.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 18:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-18.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The steps of his strength, i.e. his strong steps, by a vulgar Hebraism. By steps he means his counsels, as the next branch explains it, his attempts and actions; and by steps of strength, such of them as seem to be most firm and settled, contrived with greatest strength of understanding, and carried on with great resolution and might.

Shall be straitened, i. e shall be hindered and entangled. He shall be cast into great difficulties, and troubles, and perplexities, so that he shall not be able to proceed and to accomplish his enterprises, but shall find himself insnared by his own devices, as the next words declare it. This phrase is used also Proverbs 4:11,12, and it is opposed to the enlarging of a man’s way or steps, which signifies success and prosperity, as Psalms 4:1 31:8.

His own counsel shall cast him down; he shall be undone by his own contrivances; either because God will give him up to dangerous and destructive mistakes of his way, or because God will oppose him, and turn his own devices against him, which he can easily do by throwing in unexpected accidents.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 18:7". 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

7.The steps of his strength His strong steps. Schultens gives a trite Arabic phrase illustrative of sudden diminution of power: — “Whoso keepeth not within the bounds of strength, his widest steps shall be straitened.” Compare Proverbs 4:12. Large steps, free movement, etc., says Rosenmuller, are proverbial expressions among the Arabs to denote freedom, prosperity, etc.

 

 

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-18.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Step. He shall be greatly embarrassed, (Menochius) like a man in a narrow pass, (Calmet) beset with thorns. (Haydock) (Proverbs iv. 12.) --- Septuagint, "the weakest have made a prey of his possessions.["] (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-18.html. 1859.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

"His vigorous stride is shortened": The confident stride of the prosperous man comes to an end. "And his own scheme brings him down": He is defeated by his own wicked plans that come back upon him like a boomerang.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

steps of his strength = his firm step. Genitive of character. App-17.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-18.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

Steps of ... strength - Hebrew for his strong steps. A firm step marks health. To be straitened in steps is to be no longer able to move about at will (Proverbs 4:12; contrast Psalms 18:36, "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me").

His own counsel - or plans shall be the means of his fall (Job 5:13, "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the forward is carried headlong").

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "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

(7) The steps of his strength.—i.e., his giant strides. He shall be the victim of his own devices, and when they seem to hold out the hope of prosperity shall lead him to destruction. (Comp. Ps. .)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-18.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
steps
20:22; 36:16; Psalms 18:36; Proverbs 4:12
his own
5:12,13; 2 Samuel 15:31; 17:14; Psalms 33:10; Proverbs 1:30-32; Hosea 10:6; 1 Corinthians 3:19
Reciprocal: Judges 4:17 - fled;  2 Kings 6:11 - Therefore;  Proverbs 29:6 - the transgression

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 18:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-18.html.