Job 16:3
New International Version
Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?

New Living Translation
Won’t you ever stop blowing hot air? What makes you keep on talking?

English Standard Version
Shall windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

Berean Study Bible
Is there no end to your long-winded speeches? What provokes you to continue testifying?

King James Bible
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

New King James Version
Shall words of wind have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

New American Standard Bible
“Is there no end to windy words? Or what provokes you that you answer?

NASB 1995
“Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

NASB 1977
“Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

Amplified Bible
“Is there no end to [your futile] words of wind? Or what plagues you [so much] that you [so boldly] answer [me like this]?

Christian Standard Bible
Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying?

American Standard Version
Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not grieve my spirit with words. Even though you will speak to me, I am not answering

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What! is there any reason in vain words? or what will hinder thee from answering?

Contemporary English Version
So why don't you keep quiet? What's bothering you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall windy words have no end? or is it any trouble to thee to speak?

English Revised Version
Shall vain words have an end? or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

Good News Translation
Are you going to keep on talking forever? Do you always have to have the last word?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will [your] long-winded speeches never end? What disturbs you that you keep on answering [me]?

International Standard Version
Will windy words like yours never end? What is upsetting you that you keep on arguing?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall windy words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

Literal Standard Version
Is there an end to words of wind? Or what emboldens you that you answer?

NET Bible
Will there be an end to your windy words? Or what provokes you that you answer?

New Heart English Bible
Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

World English Bible
Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

Young's Literal Translation
Is there an end to words of wind? Or what doth embolden thee that thou answerest?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Decries his Comforters
2“I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all. 3Is there no end to your long-winded speeches? What provokes you to continue testifying? 4I could also speak like you if you were in my place; I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 1:7
And this went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival taunted her until she wept and would not eat.

Job 6:26
Do you intend to correct my words, and treat as wind my cry of despair?


Treasury of Scripture

Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

vain words.

Job 6:26
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

Job 8:2
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

Job 15:2
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

what emboldeneth

Job 20:3
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Job 32:3-6
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job…

Matthew 22:46
And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.









(3) Shall vain words have an end?--The English idiom rather requires, "Shall not vain words have an end? for if not, what emboldeneth or provoketh thee that thou answerest?" Eliphaz had contributed nothing to the discussion in his last reply; he had simply reiterated what had been said before.

Verse 3. - Shall vain words have an end? literally, as in the margin, words of wind; i.e. words which pass by a man "as the idle wind which he regards not." Will his friends never bring their futile speaking to a close? Or what emboldeneth thee that thou anwerest? rather, what provoketh thee? (Revised Version) Job had begged that his friends would be silent (Job 13:5, 13). He supposes that they would have complied with his wish if he had not provoked them, but professes an inability to see what provocation he had given. His last speech, however, had certainly not been conciliatory (see Job 12:1-3; Job 13:4, 7, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Is there no end
הֲקֵ֥ץ (hă·qêṣ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7093: An extremity, after

to your long-winded
ר֑וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

speeches?
לְדִבְרֵי־ (lə·ḏiḇ·rê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

provokes you
יַּ֝מְרִֽיצְךָ֗ (yam·rî·ṣə·ḵā)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4834: To press, to be pungent, vehement, to irritate

to
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

continue testifying?
תַעֲנֶֽה׃ (ṯa·‘ă·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond


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