Job 6:26
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English Standard Version
Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?

King James Bible
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

American Standard Version
Do ye think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
You dress up speeches only to rebuke, and you utter words to the wind.

English Revised Version
Do ye imagine to reprove words? seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 The paths of their course are turned about,

They go up in the waste and perish.

19 The travelling bands of Tma looked for them,

The caravans of Saba hoped for them;

20 They were disappointed on account of their trust,

They came thus far, and were red with shame.

As the text is pointed, ארחות, Job 6:18, are the paths of the torrents. Hitz., Ew., and Schlottm., however, correct ארחות, caravans, which Hahn even thinks may be understood without correction, since he translates: the caravans of their way are turned about (which is intended to mean: aside from the way that they are pursuing), march into the desert and perish (i.e., because the streams on which they reckoned are dried up). So, in reality, all modern commentators understand it; but is it likely that the poet would let the caravans perish in Job 6:18, and in Job 6:19. still live? With this explanation, Job 6:19. drag along tautologically, and the feebler figure follows the stronger. Therefore we explain as follows: the mountain streams, נחלים, flow off in shallow serpentine brooks, and the shallow waters completely evaporate by the heat of the sun. בתּהוּ עלה signifies to go up into nothing (comp. Isaiah 40:23), after the analogy of בעשׁן כּלה, to pass away in smoke. Thus e.g., also Mercier: in auras abeunt, in nihilum rediguntur. What next happens is related as a history, Job 6:19., hence the praett. Job compares his friends to the wady swollen by ice and snow water, and even to the travelling bands themselves languishing for water. He thirsts for friendly solace, but the seeming comfort which his friends utter is only as the scattered meandering waters in which the mountain brook leaks out. The sing. בּטח individualizes; it is unnecessary with Olsh. to read בּטחוּ.

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reprove.

Job 2:10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God...

Job 3:3-26 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived...

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Job 34:3-9 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat...

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Job 40:5,8 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yes, twice; but I will proceed no further...

Job 42:3,7 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me...

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

one that.

Job 6:4,9 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...

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.

as wind.

Job 8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation...

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men...

Cross References
Job 6:25
How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?

Job 8:2
"How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?

Job 15:2
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Job 16:3
Shall windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

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