Job 30:31
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English Standard Version
My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

King James Bible
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

American Standard Version
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My harp is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those that weep.

English Revised Version
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

Webster's Bible Translation
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The further progress of the thoughts seems to be well carried out only by our rendering of Job 30:24. The manifestation of feeling - Job means to say - which he himself felt at the misfortune of others, will be still permitted to him in his own misfortune, the seeking of compassion from the sympathising: or have I not wept for the hard of day? i.e., him whose lot in life is hard (comp. Arab. qası̂y, durus, miser); did not my soul grieve for the needy? Here, also, לא from Job 30:25 continues its effect (comp. Job 3:10; Job 28:17); עגם is ἅπ. γεγρ., of like signification with אגם, whence אגם Isaiah 19:10, אגמה (sadness) b. Mod katan 14b, Arab. agima, to feel disgust. If the relation of Job 30:25 to Job 30:24 is confirmatory, Job 30:26 and what follows refers directly to Job 30:24 : he who felt sympathy with the sufferings of others will nevertheless dare in his own affliction to stretch out his hand for help in the face of certain ruin, and pour forth his pain in lamentation; for his affliction is in reality inexpressibly great: he hoped for good (for the future from his prosperous condition, in which he rejoiced),

(Note: lxx Aldina: ἐγὼ δὲ ἀπέχων ἀγαθοῖς, which Zwingli rightly corrects ἐπέχων (Codd. Vat., Alex., and Sinait.).)

then came evil; and if I waited for light, deep darkness came. Ewald (232, h) regards ואיחלה as contracted from ואיחלה, but this shortening of the vowel is a pure impossibility. The former signifies rather καὶ ἤλπιζον or ἐβουλόμην ἐλπίζειν, the latter καὶ ἤλπισα, and that cohortative fut. logically forms a hypothetical antecedent, exactly like Job 19:18, if I desire to rise (אקומה), they speak against me (vid., Ew. 357, b). In feverish heat and anxiety his bowels were set boiling (רתח as Job 41:23, comp. Talmud. רתחן, a hot-headed fellow), and rested not (from this boiling). The accentuation Tarcha, Mercha, and Athnach is here incorrect; instead of Athnach, Rebia mugrasch is required. Days of affliction came upon him (קדּם as Psalm 18:6), viz., as a hostile power cutting off the previous way of his prosperity.

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Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion...

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure has he turned into fear to me.

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

Isaiah 24:7-9 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry hearted do sigh...

Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him...

Cross References
Job 30:28
I go about darkened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

Psalm 137:2
On the willows there we hung up our lyres.

Isaiah 24:8
The mirth of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the jubilant has ceased, the mirth of the lyre is stilled.

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