New American Standard Bible
"Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock.
King James Bible
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
Darby Bible Translation
Suffer me and I will speak; and after I have spoken, mock on!
World English Bible
Allow me, and I also will speak; After I have spoken, mock on.
Young's Literal Translation
Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking -- ye may deride.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Suffer me that I may speak - Allow me to speak without interruption, or bear with me while I freely express my sentiments - it is all that I now ask.
And after that I have spoken, mock on - Resume your reproaches, if you will, when I am done. I ask only the privilege of expressing my thoughts on a very important point, and when that is done, I will allow you to resume your remarks as you have done before, and you may utter your sentiments without interruption. Or it may be, that Job utters this in a kind of triumph, and that he feels that what he was about to say was so important that it would end the "argument;" and that all they could say after that would be mere mockery and reviling. The word rendered "mock on" (לעג lâ‛ag) means, originally, "to stammer, to speak unintelligibly" - then, "to speak in a barbarous or foreign language" - then, "to deride or to mock, to ridicule or insult." The idea is, that they might mock his woes, and torture his feelings as they had done, if they would only allow him to express his sentiments.
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"Shall your boasts silence men? And shall you scoff and none rebuke?
"Surely mockers are with me, And my eye gazes on their provocation.
"Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your way of consolation.
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