English Standard Version
“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
King James Bible
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
American Standard Version
Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? And are not his days like the days of a hireling?
The life of man upon earth is a warfare, and his days are like the days of a hireling.
English Revised Version
Is there not a warfare to man upon earth? and are not his days like the days of an hireling?
Webster's Bible Translation
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of a hireling?
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
24 Teach me, and I will be silent,
And cause me to understand wherein I have failed.
25 How forcible are words in accordance with truth!
But what doth reproof from you reprove?
26 Do you think to reprove words?
The words of one in despair belong to the wind.
27 Ye would even cast lots for the orphan,
And traffic about your friend.
נמרצוּ, Job 6:25, in the signification of נמלצוּ (Psalm 119:103), would suit very well: how smooth, delicate, sweet, are, etc. (Hirz., Ew., Schlottm.); but this meaning does not suit Job 16:3. Hupfeld, by comparison with mar, bitter, translates: quantumvis acerba; but מה may signify quidquid, though not quantumvis. Hahn compares the Arabic verb to be sick, and translates: in what respect are right words bad; but physical disease and ethical badness are not such nearly related ideas. Ebrard: honest words are not taken amiss; but with an inadmissible application of Job 16:3. Von Gerl. is best: how strong or forcible are, etc. מרץ is taken as related to פּרץ, in the signification to penetrate; Hiph. to goad; Niph. to be furnished with the property of penetrating, - used here of penetrating speech; 1 Kings 2:8, of a curse inevitably carried out; Micah 2:10, of unsparing destruction. Words which keep the straight way to truth, go to the heart; on the contrary, what avails the reproving from you, i.e., which proceeds from you? הוכח, inf. absol. as Proverbs 25:27, and in but a few other passages as subject; מכּם, as Job 5:15, the sword going forth out of their mouth. In Job 6:26 the waw introduces a subordinate adverbial clause: while, however, the words of one in despair belong to the wind, that they may be carried away by it, not to the judgment which retains and analyzes them, without considering the mood of which they are the hasty expression. The futt. express the extent to which their want of feeling would go, if the circumstances for it only existed; they are subjunctive, as Job 3:13, Job 3:16. גּורל, the lot, is to be supplied to תּפּילוּ, as 1 Samuel 14:42. The verb כּרה, however, does not here signify to dig, so that שׁחת, a pit, should be supplied (Heiligst.), still less: dig out earth, and cast it on any one (Ebrard); but has the signification of buying and selling with על of the object, exactly like Job 39:27.
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an appointed time. or, a warfare.
like the days.
but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.
Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
You renew your witnesses against me and increase your vexation toward me; you bring fresh troops against me.
"Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.
look away from him and leave him alone, that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.
If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come.
But now the LORD has spoken, saying, "In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble."
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