Job 16:22
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English Standard Version
For when a few years have come I shall go the way from which I shall not return.

King James Bible
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

American Standard Version
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold short years pass away and I am walking in a path by which l shall not return.

English Revised Version
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Webster's Bible Translation
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The construction of the Chethib is like 1 Samuel 4:15, of the Keri on the other hand like Lamentations 1:20; Lamentations 2:11 (where the same is said of מעי, viscera mea); חמרמר is a passive intensive form (Ges. 55, 3), not in the signification: they are completely kindled (lxx συγκέκανται, Jer. intumuit, from the חמר, Arab. chmr, which signifies to ferment), but: they are red all over (from חמר, Arab. ḥmr, whence the Alhambra, as a red building, takes its name), reddened, i.e., from weeping; and this has so weakened them, that the shadow of death (vid., on Job 10:21.) seems to rest upon his eyelids; they are therefore sad even to the deepest gloom. Thus exceedingly miserable is his state and appearance, although he is no disguised hypocrite, who might need to do penance in sackcloth and ashes, and shed tears of penitence without any solace. Hirz. explains על as a preposition: by the absence of evil in my hands; but Job 16:17 and Job 16:17 are substantival clauses, and על is therefore just, like Isaiah 53:9, a conjunction ( equals על־אשׁר). His hands are clean from wrong-doing, free from violence and oppression; his prayer is pure, pura; as Merc. observes, ex puritate cordis et fidei. From the feeling of the strong contrast between his piety and his being stigmatized as an evil-doer by such terrible suffering, - from this extreme contrast which has risen now to its highest in his consciousness of patient endurance of suffering, the lofty thoughts of the next strophe take their rise.

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a few years. Heb. years of number

Job 14:5,14 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass...


Job 7:9,10 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more...

Job 14:10 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he?

Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish...

Cross References
Job 3:13
For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,

Job 10:21
before I go--and I shall not return-- to the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Job 16:21
that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.

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