New American Standard Bible
"For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.
King James Bible
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
Darby Bible Translation
For my sighing cometh before my bread, and my groanings are poured out like the waters.
World English Bible
For my sighing comes before I eat. My groanings are poured out like water.
Young's Literal Translation
For before my food, my sighing cometh, And poured out as waters are my roarings.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For my sighing cometh before I eat - Margin, "My meat." Dr. Good renders this," Behold! my sighing takes the place of my daily food, and refers to Psalm 42:3, as an illustration:
My tears are my meat day and night.
So substantially Schultens renders it, and explains it as meaning, "My sighing comes in the manner of my food," "Suspirium ad modum panis veniens" - and supposes it to mean that his sighs and groans were like his daily food; or were constant and unceasing. Dr. Noyes explains it as meaning, "My sighing comes on when I begin to eat, and prevents my taking my daily nourishment;" and appeals to a similar expression in Juvenal. Sat. xiii. 211:
Perpetua anxietas, nec mensae tempore cessat.
Rosenmuller gives substantially the same explanation, and remarks, also, that some suppose that the mouth, hands, and tongue of Job were so affected with disease, that the effort to eat increased his sufferings, and brought on a renewal of his sorrows. The same view is given by Origen; and this is probably the correct sense.
And my roarings - My deep and heavy groans.
Are poured out like the waters - That is,
(1) "in number" - they were like rolling billows, or like the heaving deep.
(2) Perhaps also in "sound" like them. His groans were like the troubled ocean, that can be heard afar. Perhaps, also,
(3.) he means to say that his groans were attended with "a flood of tears," or that his tears were like the waves of the sea.
There is some hyperbole in the figure, in whichever way it is understood; but we are to remember that his feelings were deeply excited, and that the Orientals were in the habit of expressing themselves in a mode, which to us, of more phlegmatic temperament, may seem extravagant in the extreme. We have, however, a similar expression when we say of one that "he burst into a "flood of tears.""
LibraryThe Sorrowful Man's Question
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?"--Job 3:23. I AM VERY THANKFUL that so many of you are glad and happy. There is none too much joy in the world, and the more that any of us can create, the better. It should be a part of our happiness, and a man part of it, to try to make other people glad. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," is a commission which many of us ought to feel is entrusted to us. If your own cup of joy is full, let it run over to others who …
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Meditations for the Morning.
"My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.
"And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have seized me.
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.
For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
I am benumbed and badly crushed; I groan because of the agitation of my heart.
These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
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