Job 16:5
New International Version
But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

New Living Translation
But if it were me, I would encourage you. I would try to take away your grief.

English Standard Version
I could strengthen you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.

Berean Study Bible
But I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would bring relief.

King James Bible
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

New King James Version
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.

New American Standard Bible
Or I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the condolence of my lips could lessen your pain.

NASB 1995
“I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

NASB 1977
“I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Amplified Bible
“[But instead] I could strengthen and encourage you with [the words of] my mouth, And the consolation and solace of my lips would soothe your suffering and lessen your anguish.

Christian Standard Bible
Instead, I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.

American Standard Version
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips would assuage your grief .

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I would have examined you in your words, and the speaking of my lips I would not have kept from you!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And would there were strength in my mouth, and I would not spare the movement of my lips.

Contemporary English Version
But I would offer hope and comfort instead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I would strengthen you with my mouth, and would move my lips, as sparing you.

English Revised Version
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips should assuage your grief.

Good News Translation
I could strengthen you with advice and keep talking to comfort you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I could encourage you with my mouth, and my quivering lips could ease [your pain].

International Standard Version
and encourage you with what I have to say; my words of comfort would lessen your pain.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips would assuage your grief.

Literal Standard Version
I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing.

NET Bible
But I would strengthen you with my words; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

New Heart English Bible
but I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.

World English Bible
but I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.

Young's Literal Translation
I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Decries his Comforters
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. 5But I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would bring relief. 6Even if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I hold back, how will it go away?…

Cross References
Job 16:4
I could also speak like you if you were in my place; I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.

Job 16:6
Even if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I hold back, how will it go away?

Job 29:25
I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of the mourners.


Treasury of Scripture

But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief.

But I would

Job 4:3,4
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands…

Job 6:14
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

Job 29:25
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.









Verse 5. - But I would strengthen you with my mouth. The meaning is somewhat doubtful, and different renderings have been proposed. But the rendering of the Authorized Version is quite defensible, and is accepted by our Revisers. This gives the sense, "I, if I were in your place, would not act as you have acted, but, on the contrary, would do my best to strengthen you with words of comfort and encouragement." The moving of my lips should assuage your grief. (So Rosenmuller and our Revisers.) The words are a covert reproach of the three "friends" for not acting as Job declares that he would have acted if the positions had been reversed.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But I would encourage you
אֲאַמִּצְכֶ֥ם (’ă·’am·miṣ·ḵem)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular | second person masculine plural
Strong's 553: To be stout, strong, bold, alert

with
בְּמוֹ־ (bə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's 1119: In, with, by

my mouth,
פִ֑י (p̄î)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and the consolation
וְנִ֖יד (wə·nîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5205: Quivering motion (of lips)

of my lips
שְׂפָתַ֣י (śə·p̄ā·ṯay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

would bring relief.
יַחְשֹֽׂךְ׃ (yaḥ·śōḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2820: To restrain, refrain, to refuse, spare, preserve, to observe


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