Job 23:2
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English Standard Version
“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.

King James Bible
Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

American Standard Version
Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now also my words are in bitterness, and the hand of my scourge is more grievous than my mourning.

English Revised Version
Even today is my complaint rebellious: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

26 For then thou shalt delight thyself in the Almighty,

And lift up they countenance to Eloah;

27 If thou prayest to Him, He will hear thee,

And thou shalt pay thy vows.

28 And thou devisest a plan, and it shall be established to thee,

And light shineth upon thy ways.

29 If they are cast down, thou sayest, "Arise!"

And him that hath low eyes He saveth.

30 He shall rescue him who is not guiltless,

And he is rescued by the purity of thy hands.

כּי־אז might also be translated "then indeed" (vid., on Job 11:15), as an emphatic resumption of the promissory והיה (tum erit), Job 22:25; but what follows is really the confirmation of the promise that God will be to him a rich recompense for the earthly treasures that he resigns; therefore: for then thou shalt delight thyself in the Almighty (vid., the primary passage, Psalm 37:4, and the dependent one, Isaiah 58:14; comp. infra, Job 27:10), i.e., He will become a source of highest, heartfelt joy to thee (על as interchanging with בּ by שׂמח). Then shall he be able to raise his countenance, which was previously depressed (נפלוּ, Genesis 4:6.), in the consciousness of his estrangement from God by dearly cherished sin and unexpiated guilt, free and open, confident and joyous, to God. If he prays to Him (תּעתּיר may be thus regarded as the antecedent of a conditional clause, like יברח, Job 20:24), He will hear him; and what he has vowed in prayer he will now, after that which he supplicated is granted, thankfully perform; the Hiph. העתּיר (according to its etymon: to offer the incense of prayer) occurs only in Exodus 8-10 beside this passage, whereas גּזר (to cut in pieces, cut off) occurs here for the first time in the signification, to decide, resolve, which is the usual meaning of the word in the later period of the language. On ותגזר (with Pathach, according to another reading with Kametz-chatuph), vid., Ges. 47, rem. 2. Moreover, the paratactic clauses of Job 22:28 are to be arranged as we have translated them; קוּם signifies to come to pass, as freq. (e.g., Isaiah 7:7, in connection with היה, to come into being). That which he designs (אמר) is successful, and is realized, and light shines upon his ways, so that he cannot stumble and does not miss his aim, - light like moonlight or morning light; for, as the author of the introductory Proverbs, to which we have already so often referred as being borrowed from the book of Job (comp. Job 21:24 with Proverbs 3:8), ingeniously says, ch. Job 4:18 : "The path of the righteous is as the morning light (כּאור נגהּ, comp. Daniel 6:20), which shineth brighter and brighter into the height of day (i.e., noonday brightness)."

Job 23:2 Parallel Commentaries

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my complaint

Job 6:2 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

Job 10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint on myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Lamentations 3:19,20 Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall...

Psalm 77:2-9 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted...

stroke. Heb. hand. heavier

Job 11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom...

Cross References
Job 6:2
"Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!

Job 6:3
For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash.

Job 7:11
"Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 23:1
Then Job answered and said:

Job 23:3
Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!

Job 34:37
For he adds rebellion to his sin; he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."

Psalm 32:4
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

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