Job 19:20
New International Version
I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

New Living Translation
I have been reduced to skin and bones and have escaped death by the skin of my teeth.

English Standard Version
My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

Berean Study Bible
My skin and flesh cling to my bones; I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

King James Bible
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

New King James Version
My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

New American Standard Bible
“My bone clings to my skin and my flesh, And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

NASB 1995
“My bone clings to my skin and my flesh, And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

NASB 1977
“My bone clings to my skin and my flesh, And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

Amplified Bible
“My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped [death] by the skin of my teeth.

Christian Standard Bible
My skin and my flesh cling to my bones; I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My skin and my flesh cling to my bones; I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

American Standard Version
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My skin and my flesh is stuck on my bones and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My flesh is corrupt under my skin, and my bones are held in my teeth.

Contemporary English Version
I am skin and bones--just barely alive.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The flesh being consumed. My bone hath cleaved to my skin, and nothing but lips are left about my teeth.

English Revised Version
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

Good News Translation
My skin hangs loose on my bones; I have barely escaped with my life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am skin and bones, and I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.

International Standard Version
I'm a pile of skin and bones; I have barely escaped by the skin of my teeth."

JPS Tanakh 1917
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

Literal Standard Version
To my skin and to my flesh My bone has cleaved, And I deliver myself with the skin of my teeth.

NET Bible
My bones stick to my skin and my flesh; I have escaped alive with only the skin of my teeth.

New Heart English Bible
My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

World English Bible
My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.

Young's Literal Translation
To my skin and to my flesh Cleaved hath my bone, And I deliver myself with the skin of my teeth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: My Redeemer Lives
19All my best friends despise me, and those I love have turned against me. 20My skin and flesh cling to my bones; I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. 21Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.…

Cross References
Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off as a testimony against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'

Job 2:5
But stretch out Your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face."

Job 16:8
You have bound me, and it has become a witness; my frailty rises up and testifies against me.

Job 33:21
His flesh wastes away from sight, and his hidden bones protrude.

Psalm 102:5
Through my loud groaning my flesh clings to my bones.

Lamentations 4:8
But now their appearance is blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.


Treasury of Scripture

My bone sticks to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

bone

Job 30:30
My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Job 33:19-22
He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: …

Psalm 22:14-17
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels…

and to.

Amos 2:4-6
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked: …

Amos 7:5
Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

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









(20) My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh in one indistinguishable mass, and I have escaped with the skin of my teeth, because the teeth have no skin, or, as others explain, because the teeth have fallen out. This expression, which is by no means clear in the context, has passed into a proverb expressive of a very narrow escape--a meaning which can only by inference be obtained from this place in Job.

Verse 20. - My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh. Here the third source of Job's misery is brought forward - his painful and incurable disease. This has brought him to such a pitch of emaciation that his bones seem to adhere to the tightened skin, and the scanty and shrunken muscles, that cover them (comp. Job 33:21 and Lamentations 4:8). Such emaciation of the general frame is quite compatible with the unsightly swelling of certain parts of the body which characterizes elephantiasis. And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. The expression is, no doubt, proverbial, and signifies "barely escaped;" but its origin is obscure.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
My skin
בְּעוֹרִ֣י (bə·‘ō·w·rî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5785: Skin, hide, leather

and flesh
וּ֭בִבְשָׂרִי (ū·ḇiḇ·śā·rî)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man

cling
דָּבְקָ֣ה (dā·ḇə·qāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to my bones;
עַצְמִ֑י (‘aṣ·mî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6106: A bone, the body, the substance, selfsame

I have escaped
וָ֝אֶתְמַלְּטָ֗ה (wā·’eṯ·mal·lə·ṭāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks

by the skin
בְּע֣וֹר (bə·‘ō·wr)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5785: Skin, hide, leather

of my teeth.
שִׁנָּֽי׃ (šin·nāy)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's 8127: A tooth, ivory, a cliff


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