Job 10:3
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English Standard Version
Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked?

King James Bible
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

American Standard Version
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, That thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands, And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth it seem good to thee that thou shouldst calumniate me, and oppress me, the work of thy own hands, and help the counsel of the wicked?

English Revised Version
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is it good to thee that thou shouldst oppress, that thou shouldst despise the work of thy hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Job 10:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

29 If I am wicked, why do I exert myself in vain?

30 If I should wash myself with snow water,

And make my hands clean with lye,

31 Then thou wouldst plunge me into the pit,

And my clothes would abhor me.

32 For He is not a man as I, that I should answer Him,

That we should go together to judgment.

33 There is not an arbitrator between us

Who should lay his hand upon us both.

The clause with strongly accented "I" affirms that in relation to God is from the first, and unchangeably, a wicked, i.e., guilty, man (Psalm 109:7) (רשׁע, to be a wicked man, means either to act as such Job 10:15, or to appear as such, be accounted as such, as here and Job 10:7; Hiph., Job 9:20, to condemn). Why, therefore, should he vainly (הבל, acc. adv., like breath, useless) exert himself by crying for help, and basing his plaint on his innocence? In Job 9:30 the Chethib is במו, the Keri במי, as the reverse in Isaiah 25:10; mo itself appears in the signification water (Egyptian muau), in the proper names Moab and Moshe (according to Jablonsky, ex aqua servatus); in במו, however, the mo may be understood according to Ges. 103, 2. This is the meaning - no cleansing, even though he should use snow and בּר (a vegetable alkali), i.e., not even the best-grounded self-justification can avail him, for God would still bring it to pass, that his clearly proved innocence should change to the most horrible impurity. Ewald, Rdiger, and others translate incorrectly: my clothes would make me disgusting. The idea is tame. The Piel תּעב signifies elsewhere in the book (Job 19:19; Job 30:10) to abhor, not to make abhorrent; and the causative meaning is indeed questionable, for מתעב (Isaiah 49:7) signifies loathing, as מכסּה (Job 23:17) covering, and Ezekiel 16:25 certainly borders on the signification "to make detestable," but תעב may also be in the primary meaning, abominari, the strongest expression for that contempt of the beauty bestowed by God which manifests itself by prostitution. Translate: My clothes would abhor me; which does not mean: I should be disgusted with myself (Hirzel); Job is rather represented as naked; him, the naked one, God would - says he - so plunge into the pit that his clothes would conceive a horror of him, i.e., start back in terror at the idea of being put on and defiled by such a horrible creature (Schlottm., Oehler). For God is not his equal, standing on the same level with him: He, the Absolute Being, is accuser and judge in one person; there is between them no arbitrator who (or that he) should lay, etc. Mercier correctly explains: impositio manus est potestatis signum; the meaning therefore is: qui utrumque nostrum velut manu imposita coerceat.

Job 10:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Is it good

Job 34:5-7,18,19 For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away my judgment...

Job 36:7-9,17,18 He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yes, he does establish them for ever...

Job 40:2,8 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it...

Lamentations 3:2-18 He has led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light...

despise

Psalm 69:33 For the LORD hears the poor, and despises not his prisoners.

the work. Heb. the labour

Job 14:15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to the work of your hands.

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor?...

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures for ever: forsake not the works of your own hands.

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.

1 Peter 4:19 Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as to a faithful Creator.

shine upon

Job 8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

Jeremiah 12:1-3 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper...

Cross References
Job 9:22
It is all one; therefore I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'

Job 9:24
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges-- if it is not he, who then is it?

Job 10:8
Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether.

Job 14:15
You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands.

Job 16:11
God gives me up to the ungodly and casts me into the hands of the wicked.

Job 19:6
know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me.

Job 21:16
Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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