14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit[1] and breath,

Other Translations of Job 34:14

King James Version

14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather man: Heb. him unto himself his spirit and his breath;

English Standard Version

14 If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath,

The Message

14 If he decided to hold his breath,

New King James Version

14 If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,

New Living Translation

14 If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath,

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 34:14

Commentary on Job 34:10-15

(Read Job 34:10-15)

Elihu had showed Job, that God meant him no hurt by afflicting him, but intended his spiritual benefit. Here he shows, that God did him no wrong by afflicting him. If the former did not satisfy him, this ought to silence him. God cannot do wickedness, nor the Almighty commit wrong. If services now go unrewarded, and sins now go unpunished, yet there is a day coming, when God will fully render to every man according to his works. Further, though the believer's final condemnation is done away through the Saviour's ransom, yet he has merited worse than any outward afflictions; so that no wrong is done to him, however he may be tried.