Job 16:4
Good News Translation
If you were in my place and I in yours, I could say everything you are saying. I could shake my head wisely and drown you with a flood of words.

Contemporary English Version
If I were in your place, it would be easy to criticize or to give advice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I also could speak like you: and would God your soul were for my soul.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I also could speak like you: and would God your soul were for my soul.

if your soul

Job 6:2-5,14 O that my sins, whereby I have deserved wrath, and the calamity that I suffer, were weighed in a balance. . . .

Matthew 7:12 All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that rejoice: weep with them that weep.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it: or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.

up words

Job 11:2 Shall not he that speaketh much, hear also? or shall a man full of talk be justified?

Job 35:16 Therefore Job openeth his mouth in vain, and multiplieth words without knowledge.

Proverbs 10:19 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool multiplieth words. A man cannot tell what hath been before him: and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

shake mine

2 Kings 19:21 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken of him: The virgin, the daughter of Sion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn: the daughter of Jerusalem hath wagged her head behind thy back.

Psalm 22:7 All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head.

Psalm 44:14 Thou hast made us a reproach to our neighbours, a scoff and derision to them that are round about us.

Psalm 109:25 And I am become a reproach to them: they saw me and they shaked their heads.

Jeremiah 18:16 That their land might be given up to desolation, and to a perpetual hissing: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and wag his head.

Lamentations 2:15 Samech. All they that passed by the way have clapped their hands at thee: they have hissed, and wagged their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying: Is this the city of perfect beauty, the joy of all the earth?

Matthew 27:39,40 And they that passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, . . .

Context
Job Decries his Comforters
3Shall windy words have no end? or is it any trouble to thee to speak? 4I also could speak like you: and would God your soul were for my soul.5I would comfort you also with words, and would wag my head over you.…
Cross References
Matthew 27:39
And they that passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads,

Job 16:5
I would comfort you also with words, and would wag my head over you.

Psalm 22:7
All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head.

Psalm 109:25
And I am become a reproach to them: they saw me and they shaked their heads.

Isaiah 37:22
This is the word which the Lord hath spoken of him: The virgin the daughter of Sion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn: the daughter of Jerusalem hath wagged the head after thee.

Jeremiah 48:27
For Israel hath been a derision unto them: as though thou hadst found him amongst thieves: for thy words therefore, which thou hast spoken against him, thou shalt be led away captive.

Zephaniah 2:15
This is the glorious city that dwelt in security: that said in her heart: I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desert, a place for beasts to lie down in? every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

Additional Translations
I could also speak like you if you were in my place; I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you.

I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you.

I also will speak as ye do: if indeed your soul were in my soul's stead,

I also could speak as ye: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join together words against you, and shake my head at you;

I also could speak as ye do; if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join words together against you, and shake mine head at you.

I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you.

I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul's place, I could join words together against you, and shake my head at you,

I also, like you, might speak, If your soul were in my soul's stead. I might join against you with words, And nod at you with my head.
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