Job 7:15
New International Version
so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.

New Living Translation
I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.

English Standard Version
so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.

Berean Study Bible
so that I would prefer strangling and death over my life in this body.

King James Bible
So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

New King James Version
So that my soul chooses strangling And death rather than my body.

New American Standard Bible
So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.

NASB 1995
So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.

NASB 1977
So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.

Amplified Bible
So that I would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pain.

Christian Standard Bible
so that I prefer strangling — death rather than life in this body.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that I prefer strangling-- death rather than life in this body.

American Standard Version
So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than these my bones.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou wilt separate life from my spirit; and yet keep my bones from death.

Contemporary English Version
I'd rather choke to death than live in this body.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So that my soul rather chooseth hanging, and my bones death.

English Revised Version
So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than these my bones.

Good News Translation
until I would rather be strangled than live in this miserable body.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My throat would rather be choked. My body would prefer death [to these dreams].

International Standard Version
I would rather die by strangulation than continue living.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So that my soul chooseth strangling, And death rather than these my bones.

Literal Standard Version
And my soul chooses strangling, "" Death rather than my bones.

NET Bible
so that I would prefer strangling, and death more than life.

New Heart English Bible
so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.

World English Bible
so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.

Young's Literal Translation
And my soul chooseth strangling, Death rather than my bones.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
14then You frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions, 15so that I would prefer strangling and death over my life in this body. 16I loathe my life! I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.…

Cross References
Revelation 9:6
In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will escape them.

Job 7:14
then You frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,

Job 7:16
I loathe my life! I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Jeremiah 8:3
And wherever I have banished them, the remnant of this evil family will choose death over life," declares the LORD of Hosts.

Jonah 4:3
And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."


Treasury of Scripture

So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life.

chooseth.

2 Samuel 17:23
And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

Matthew 27:5
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

life.









(15) So that my soul maketh choice of strangling and death rather than a life like this. Literally, than these my bones, or, as some take it, a death by these my members: a death inflicted by myself, suicide.

Verse 15. - So that my soul chooseth strangling; i.e. "so that I would prefer strangling to such horrid dreams," which are worse than any physical sufferings. Some see here a reference to suicide: but this is s very forced explanation. Suicide, as already observed, seems never even to have occurred to the thoughts of Job (see the comment on Job 6:8). And death rather than my life; literally, rather than my bones. Death, that is, would be preferable to such a life as he leads, which is that of a living skeleton.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
so that I
נַפְשִׁ֑י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

would prefer
וַתִּבְחַ֣ר (wat·tiḇ·ḥar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

strangling
מַחֲנָ֣ק (ma·ḥă·nāq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4267: Strangling, suffocation

and death
מָ֝֗וֶת (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

over my life in this body.
מֵֽעַצְמוֹתָֽי׃ (mê·‘aṣ·mō·w·ṯāy)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6106: A bone, the body, the substance, selfsame


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