13 It eats away parts of his skin; death's firstborn devours his limbs.

Other Translations of Job 18:13

King James Version

13 It shall devour the strength strength: Heb. bars of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

English Standard Version

13 It consumes the parts of his skin; the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.

The Message

13 To lay them out for a gourmet meal, a treat for ravenous Death.

New King James Version

13 It devours patches of his skin; The firstborn of death devours his limbs.

New Living Translation

13 Disease eats their skin; death devours their limbs.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 18:13

Commentary on Job 18:11-21

(Read Job 18:11-21)

Bildad describes the destruction wicked people are kept for, in the other world, and which in some degree, often seizes them in this world. The way of sin is the way of fear, and leads to everlasting confusion, of which the present terrors of an impure conscience are earnests, as in Cain and Judas. Miserable indeed is a wicked man's death, how secure soever his life was. See him dying; all that he trusts to for his support shall be taken from him. How happy are the saints, and how indebted to the lord Jesus, by whom death is so far done away and changed, that this king of terrors is become a friend and a servant! See the wicked man's family sunk and cut off. His children shall perish, either with him or after him. Those who consult the true honour of their family, and its welfare, will be afraid of withering all by sin. The judgments of God follow the wicked man after death in this world, as a proof of the misery his soul is in after death, and as an earnest of that everlasting shame and contempt to which he shall rise in the great day. The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot, Proverbs 10:7. It would be well if this report of wicked men would cause any to flee from the wrath to come, from which their power, policy, and riches cannot deliver them. But Jesus ever liveth to deliver all who trust in him. Bear up then, suffering believers. Ye shall for a little time have sorrow, but your Beloved, your Saviour, will see you again; your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh away.