Job 16:12
New International Version
All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target;

New Living Translation
“I was living quietly until he shattered me. He took me by the neck and broke me in pieces. Then he set me up as his target,

English Standard Version
I was at ease, and he broke me apart; he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces; he set me up as his target;

Berean Study Bible
I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has set me up as His target;

King James Bible
I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

New King James Version
I was at ease, but He has shattered me; He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces; He has set me up for His target,

New American Standard Bible
“I was at ease, but He shattered me, And He has grasped me by my neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.

NASB 1995
"I was at ease, but He shattered me, And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.

NASB 1977
“I was at ease, but He shattered me, And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.

Amplified Bible
“I was [living] at ease, but He crushed me and broke me apart, And He has seized me by the neck and has shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.

Christian Standard Bible
I was at ease, but he shattered me; he seized me by the scruff of the neck and smashed me to pieces. He set me up as his target;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized me by the scruff of the neck and smashed me to pieces. He set me up as His target;

American Standard Version
I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I was silent and he struck me. He seized on my neck and shook me. He has set me up for himself as a target

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When I was at peace he distracted me: he took me by the hair of the head, and plucked it out: he set me up as a mark.

Contemporary English Version
Everything was going well, until God grabbed my neck and shook me to pieces. God set me up as the target

Douay-Rheims Bible
I that was formerly so wealthy, am all on a sudden broken to pieces: he hath taken me by my neck, he hath broken me, and hath set me up to be his mark.

English Revised Version
I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: he hath also set me up for his mark.

Good News Translation
I was living in peace, but God took me by the throat and battered me and crushed me. God uses me for target practice

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was at ease, and he shattered me. He grabbed me by the back of the neck and smashed [my skull]. He set me up as his target,

International Standard Version
"He tore me apart when I was at ease; grabbing me by my neck, he shook me to pieces— then he really made me his target.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I was at ease, and He broke me asunder; Yea, He hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces; He hath also set me up for His mark.

Literal Standard Version
I have been at ease, and He breaks me, "" And He has laid hold on my neck, "" And He breaks me in pieces, "" And He raises me to Him for a mark.

NET Bible
I was in peace, and he has shattered me. He has seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target;

New Heart English Bible
I was at ease, and he broke me apart. Yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. He has also set me up for his target.

World English Bible
I was at ease, and he broke me apart. Yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. He has also set me up for his target.

Young's Literal Translation
At ease I have been, and he breaketh me, And he hath laid hold on my neck, And he breaketh me in pieces, And he raiseth me to him for a mark.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Decries his Comforters
11God has delivered me to unjust men; He has thrown me to the clutches of the wicked. 12I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has set me up as His target; 13His archers surround me. He pierces my kidneys without mercy and spills my gall on the ground.…

Cross References
Job 7:20
If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I am a burden to You?

Job 9:17
For He would crush me with a tempest and multiply my wounds without cause.

Job 16:11
God has delivered me to unjust men; He has thrown me to the clutches of the wicked.

Lamentations 3:11
He forced me off my path and tore me to pieces; He left me without help.

Lamentations 3:12
He bent His bow and set me as the target for His arrow.


Treasury of Scripture

I was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

at ease

Job 1:2,3
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters…

Job 3:26
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

Job 29:3,18,19
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; …

broken me

Job 4:10
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

Psalm 44:19
Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Lamentations 3:4
My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.

by my neck

Job 15:26
He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:

Romans 16:4
Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

shaken

Lamentations 3:11
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.

Ezekiel 29:7
When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.

set me up

Job 7:12,20
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? …

Lamentations 3:12
He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.









(12) I was at ease.--A highly poetical passage, in which Job becomes, as it were, a St. Sebastian for the arrows of God. It is hardly possible to conceive a more vivid picture of his desolate condition under the persecuting hand of the Almighty.

Verse 12. - I was at ease (compare the picture drawn in Job 1:1-5). Job had been "at ease," tranquil, prosperous, happy. He had been almost without a care, when suddenly "trouble came." But he hath broken me asunder; rather, he brake me asunder (see the Revised Version). In the midst of his ease and tranquillity, God suddenly poured out his chastisements, and "brake Job asunder," i.e. destroyed his life, ruined it and broke it down. He hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces; or, dashed me to pieces. And set me up for his mark; i.e. as a target for his arrows (comp. Deuteronomy 32:23; Job 6:4; Psalm 7:13; Psalm 38:2, etc.; Lamentations 3:12).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I was
הָיִ֨יתִי ׀ (hā·yî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

at ease,
שָׁ֘לֵ֤ו (šā·lêw)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7961: Tranquil, careless, security

but He shattered me;
וַֽיְפַרְפְּרֵ֗נִי (way·p̄ar·pə·rê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 6565: To break up, to violate, frustrate

He seized me
וְאָחַ֣ז (wə·’ā·ḥaz)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

by the neck
בְּ֭עָרְפִּי (bə·‘ā·rə·pî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6203: The nape, back of the neck, the back

and crushed me.
וַֽיְפַצְפְּצֵ֑נִי (way·p̄aṣ·pə·ṣê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 6327: To be dispersed or scattered

He has set me up
וַיְקִימֵ֥נִי (way·qî·mê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

as His
ל֝֗וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

target;
לְמַטָּרָֽה׃ (lə·maṭ·ṭā·rāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4307: A guard, ward, prison, target, mark


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