Does not their excellence which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
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Didymus the Blind
Eliphaz, still clinging to the same principle … that Job’s critical circumstances were due to Job’s own sins, adds these words, “Since they could not help themselves through virtue by repenting of their evils, these afflictions befell them.” And Eliphaz suggests that he fully comprehends this situation. They perished since they could not drive away the most fearful accidents because of their weakness, demonstrating human power’s worthlessness. - "Commentary on Job 4.20–21"
And they. Hebrew, "doth not their dignity pass away with them? They die without wisdom. "(Haydock)
This is but too frequently the case of the great ones of this world, who never discern true from false riches. (Calmet)
73. Whom else do we understand by ‘the left,’ but all the despised of this world? whom whilst the present life chooses not for any use of honour, it ‘leaves’ as being the least and most worthless. But the Lord is said to ‘take away those that are left’ of the world, in that He condescends to make choice of the despised of this life, as Paul bears witness, saying, Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath, chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty. [1 Cor. 1, 26. 27.] Which is well represented in the Book of Kings by the Egyptian servant fainting in the way, whom the Amalekite abandons taken sick upon the journey, but David finds, refreshes with food, and makes the guide of his route; he pursues the Amalekite, finds him feasting, and utterly destroys him [1 Sam. 30, 13]. For what does it mean that the Egyptian servant of the Am...