Job 11:2
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English Standard Version
“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?

King James Bible
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

American Standard Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not he that speaketh much, hear also? or shall a man full of talk be justified?

English Revised Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

Webster's Bible Translation
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 And wherefore hast Thou brought me forth out of the womb?

I should have expired, that no eye had seen me,

19 I should have been as though I had never been,

Carried from the womb to the grave.

20 Are not my days few? then cease

And turn from me, that I may become a little cheerful,

21 Before I go to return no more

Into the land of darkness and of the shadow of death,

22 The land of deep darkness like to midnight,

Of the shadow of death and of confusion,

And which is bright like midnight.

The question Wherefore? Job 10:18, is followed by futt. as modi conditionales (Ges. 127, 5) of that which would and should have happened, if God had not permitted him to be born alive: I should have expired, prop. I ought to have expired, being put back to the time of birth (comp. Job 3:13, where the praet. more objectively expressed what would then have happened). These modi condit. are continued in Job 10:19 : I should have been (sc. in the womb) as though I had not been (comp. the short elliptical

(Note: כלא is there equals לא כאשׁר, like ללא, Isaiah 65:1 equals לא לאשׁר [vid. Ges. 123, 3], and כּ is used as a conjunction as little as ל (vid., on Psalm 38:14).)

expression, Obadiah 1:16), i.e., as one who had scarcely entered upon existence, and that only of the earliest (as at conception); I should have been carried (הוּבל, as Job 21:32) from the womb (without seeing the light as one born alive) to the grave. This detestation of his existence passes into the wish, Job 10:20, that God would be pleased at least somewhat to relieve him ere he is swallowed up by the night of Hades. We must neither with the Targ. translate: are not my days few, and vanishing away? nor with Oetinger: will not my fewness of days cease? Both are contrary to the correct accentuation. Olshausen thinks it remarkable that there is not a weaker pausal accent to ימי; but such a one is really indirectly there, for Munach is here equivalent to Dech, from which it is formed (vid., the rule in Comm. ber den Psalter, ii. 504). Accordingly, Seb. Schmid correctly translates: nonne parum dies mei? ideo cessa. The Keri substitutes the precative form of expression for the optative: cease then, turn away from me then (imper. consec. with waw of the result, Ewald, 235, a); comp. the precative conclusion to the speech, Job 7:16., but there is no real reason for changing the optative form of the text. ישׁית (voluntative for ישׁת, Job 9:33) may be supplemented by ידו, פניו, עיניו ,פ, or לבו (Job 7:17) (not, however, with Hirz., שׁבטו, after Job 9:34, which is too far-fetched for the usage of the language, or with Bttch., מחנהו, copias suas); שׁית can however, like שׂים, Job 4:20, signify to turn one's self to, se disponere equals to attend to, consequently מן שׁית, to turn the attention from, as מן שׁעה, Job 7:19, Psalm 39:14 (where, as here, ואבליגה follows).


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Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

Job 18:2 How long will it be ere you make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some...

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

full of talk. Heb. of lips

Cross References
Job 8:2
"How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?

Job 11:1
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

Job 15:2
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Job 18:2
"How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and then we will speak.

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.

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