English Standard Version
“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.
King James Bible
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
American Standard Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof.
Now there was a word spoken to me in private, and my ears by stealth as it were received the veins of its whisper.
English Revised Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.
Webster's Bible Translation
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a small sound of it.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
6 Is not thy piety thy confidence,
Thy Hope? And the uprightness of thy ways?
7 Think now: who ever perished, being innocent?!
And where have the righteous been cut off?!
8 As often as I saw, those who ploughed evil
And sowed sorrow, - they reaped the same.
9 By the breath of Eloah they perished,
By the breath of His anger they vanished away.
10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the shachal,
And the teeth of the young lions, are rooted out.
11 The lion wanders about for want of prey,
And the lioness' whelps are scattered.
In Job 4:6 all recent expositors take the last waw as waw apodosis: And thy hope, is not even this the integrity of thy way? According to our punctuation, there is no occasion for supposing such an application of the waw apodosis, which is an error in a clause consisting only of substantives, and is not supported by the examples, Job 15:17; Job 23:12; 2 Samuel 22:41.
(Note: We will not, however, dispute the possibility, for at least in Arabic one can say, zı̂d f-hkı̂m Zeid, he is wise. Grammarians remark that Arab. zı̂d in this instance is like a hypothetical sentence: If any one asks, etc. 2 Samuel 15:34 is similar.)
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secretly. Heb. by stealth. a little.
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,
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