Job 16:12
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English Standard Version
I was at ease, and he broke me apart; he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces; he set me up as his target;

King James Bible
I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

American Standard Version
I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I that was formerly so wealthy, am all on a sudden broken to pieces: he hath taken me by my neck, he hath broken me, and hath set me up to be his mark.

English Revised Version
I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: he hath also set me up for his mark.

Webster's Bible Translation
I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 If I speak, my pain is not soothed;

And if I forbear, what alleviation do Iexperience?

7 Nevertheless now hath He exhausted me;

Thou hast desolated all my household,

8 And Thou filledst me with wrinkles - for a witness was it,

And my leanness rose up against me

Complaining to my face.

9 His wrath tore me, and made war upon me;

He hath gnashed upon me with His teeth,

As mine enemy He sharpeneth His eyes against me.

אם stands with the cohortative in the hypothetical antecedent clause Job 16:6, and in 6b the cohortative stands alone as Job 11:17; Psalm 73:16; Psalm 139:8, which is more usual, and more in accordance with the meaning which the cohortative has in itself, Ngelsbach, 89, 3. The interrogative, What goes from me? is equivalent to, what ( equals nothing) of pain forsakes me. The subject of the assertion which follows (Job 16:7) is not the pain - Aben-Ezra thinks even that this is addressed in v. 7b - still less Eliphaz, whom some think, particularly on account of the sharp expressions which follow, must be understood, but God, whose wrath Job regards as the cause of his suffering, and feels as the most intolerable part of it. A strained connection is obtained by taking אך either in an affirmative sense (Ew.: surely), as Job 18:21, or in a restrictive sense: only ( equals entirely) He has now exhausted me (Hirz., Hahn, also Schlottm.: only I feel myself oppressed, at least to express this), by which interpretation the עתּה, which stands between אך and the verb, is in the way. We render it therefore in the adversative signification: nevertheless (verum tamen) now he seeks neither by speaking to alleviate his pain, nor by silence to control himself; God has placed him in a condition in which all his strength is exhausted. He is absolutely incapable of offering any resistance to his pain, and care has also been taken that no solacing word shall come to him from any quarter: Thou hast made all my society desolate (Carey: all my clan); עדה of the household, as in Job 15:34. Jerome: in nihilum redacti sunt omnes artus mei (כל אברי, as explained by the Jewish expositors, e.g., Ralbag), as though the human organism could be called עדה. Hahn: Thou hast destroyed all my testimony, which must have been אדתי (from עוּד, whereas עדה, from ועד, has a changeable Ssere). He means to say that he stands entirely alone, and neither sees nor hears anything consolatory, for he does not count his wife. He is therefore completely shut up to himself; God has shrivelled him up; and this suffering form to which God has reduced him, is become an evidence, i.e., for himself and for others, as the three friends, an accusation de facto, which puts him down as a sinner, although his self-consciousness testifies the opposite to him.

Job 16:12 Parallel Commentaries

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at ease

Job 1:2,3 And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters...

Job 3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

Job 29:3,18,19 When his candle shined on my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness...

broken me

Job 4:10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

Psalm 44:19 Though you have sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.

Matthew 21:44 And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

by my neck

Job 15:26 He runs on him, even on his neck, on the thick bosses of his bucklers:

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

shaken

Lamentations 3:11 He has turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he has made me desolate.

Ezekiel 29:7 When they took hold of you by your hand, you did break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned on you, you brake...

set me up

Job 7:12,20 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me...

Lamentations 3:12 He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

Cross References
Job 7:20
If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your mark? Why have I become a burden to you?

Job 9:17
For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause;

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

Lamentations 3:11
he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces; he has made me desolate;

Lamentations 3:12
he bent his bow and set me as a target for his arrow.

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