He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
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Gregory The Dialogist
54. If this proud man had been minded to turn back from sin to righteousness, he might ‘depart out of darkness.’ But because he seeks not the light of righteousness, he does not depart out of darkness. After whose example, those likewise, who ‘attach themselves to him out breathe themselves in making earthly advancements, are kindled with the torches of avarice, and scorched with the fires of carnal desires. And hence it is added,
The flame shall dry up his branches.
55. For if he united to himself any that were searching after the Eternal Country, he would have green ‘branches’ in himself. But because they that are joined to him, are also heated with earthly passions, and the flame of passions kindles the hearts of his followers, it doth surely ‘dry up his branches,’ that they should not bear the fruit of good works, seeing that for the chace after the lowest objects they pant in wickedness. And it is well added,
And by the breath of his mouth shall he be taken away.
He describes the absolute solitude of the impious and says that because of their misery, they inhabit desolation instead of prosperous cities and houses. “In fact,” Eliphaz says, “their wealth will not last.” - "Commentary on Job 15.28–29"