Job 36:21
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English Standard Version
Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.

King James Bible
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

American Standard Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware thou turn not aside to iniquity : for this thou hast begun to follow after misery.

English Revised Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Job 36:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 Yet the hypocrites in heart cherish wrath,

They cry not when He hath chained them.

14 Thus their soul dieth in the vigour of youth,

And their life is like that of the unclean.

15 Yet He delivereth the sufferer by his affliction,

And openeth their ear by oppression.

He who is angry with God in his affliction, and does not humbly pray to Him, shows thereby that he is a חנף, one estranged from God (on the idea of the root, vid., i. 216), and not a צדיק. This connection renders it natural to understand not the divine wrath by אף: θησαυρίζουσιν ὀργήν (Rosenm. after Romans 2:5), or: they heap up wrath upon themselves (Wolfson, who supplies עליהם), but the impatience, discontent, and murmuring of man himself: they cherish or harbour wrath, viz., בּלבּם (comp. Job 22:22, where שׁים בלב signifies to take to heart, but at the same time to preserve in the heart). Used thus absolutely, שׂים signifies elsewhere in the book, to give attention to, Job 4:20; Job 24:12; Job 34:23, or (as Arab. wḍ‛) to lay down a pledge; here it signifies reponunt s. recondunt (with an implied in ipsis), as also Arab. šâm, fut. i, to conceal with the idea of sinking into (immittentem), e.g., the sword in the sheath. With תּמת, for ותּמת (Isaiah 50:2) or ותמת, the punishment which issues forth undistinguished from this frustration of the divine purpose of grace follows ἀσυνδέτως, as e.g., Hosea 7:16. חיּה interchanges with נפשׁ, as Job 33:22, Job 33:28; נער (likewise a favourite word with Elihu) is intended just as Job 33:25, and in the Psalm 88:16, which resembles both the Elihu section and the rest of the book. The Beth of בּקּדשׁים has the sense of aeque ac (Targ. היך), as Job 34:36, comp. תּחת, Job 34:26. Jer. translates inter effeminatos; for קדשׁים (heathenish, equivalent to קדושׁים, as כּמרים, heathenish, equivalent to כּהנים) are the consecrated men, who yielded themselves up, like the women in honour of the deity, to passive, prematurely-enervating incontinence (vid., Keil on Deuteronomy 23:18), a heathenish abomination prevailing now and again even in Israel (1 Kings 14:24; 1 Kings 15:12; 1 Kings 22:47), which was connected with the worship of Astarte and Baal that was transferred from Syria, and to which allusion is here made, in accordance with the scene of the book. For the sufferer, on the other hand, who suffers not merely of necessity, but willingly, this his suffering is a means of rescue and moral purification. Observe the play upon the words יחלּץ and בּלחץ. The Beth in both instances is, in accordance with Elihu's fundamental thought, the Beth instrum.

Job 36:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

regard

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore speak to them, and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart...

Matthew 5:29,30 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you...

this

Job 34:7-9 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water...

Job 35:3 For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter...

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem...

Matthew 13:21 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word...

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Acts 5:40,41 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them...

Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

1 Peter 4:15,16 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters...

Cross References
Hebrews 11:25
choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Job 36:8
And if they are bound in chains and caught in the cords of affliction,

Job 36:10
He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from iniquity.

Job 36:15
He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.

Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

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