Job 30:11
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New International Version
Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.

King James Bible
Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.

Darby Bible Translation
For he hath loosed my cord and afflicted me; so they cast off the bridle before me.

World English Bible
For he has untied his cord, and afflicted me; and they have thrown off restraint before me.

Young's Literal Translation
Because His cord He loosed and afflicteth me, And the bridle from before me, They have cast away.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Because he hath loosed my cord - Instead of יתרי yithri, my cord, which is the keri or marginal reading, יתרו yithro, his cord, is the reading of the text in many copies; and this reading directs us to a metaphor taken from an archer, who, observing his butt, sets his arrow on the string, draws it to a proper degree of tension, levels, and then loosing his hold, the arrow flies at the mark. He hath let loose his arrow against me; it has hit me; and I am wounded. The Vulgate understood it in this way: Pharetram enim suam aperuit. So also the Septuagint: Ανοιξας γαρ φαρετραν αυτου; "He hath opened his quiver."

They have also let loose the bridle - When they perceived that God had afflicted me, they then threw off all restraints; like headstrong horses, swallowed the bit, got the reins on their own neck, and ran off at full speed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 12:18,21 He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle...

2 Samuel 16:5-8 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei...

let loose

Psalm 35:21 Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye has seen it.

Matthew 26:67,68 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands...

Matthew 27:39-44 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads...

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

Christian Sympathy
Job, in his great indignation at the shameful accusation of unkindness to the needy, pours forth the following very solemn imprecation--"If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863

Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
I will acknowledge my sin unto Thee;(1) I will confess to Thee, Lord, my infirmity. It is often a small thing which casteth me down and maketh me sad. I resolve that I will act bravely, but when a little temptation cometh, immediately I am in a great strait. Wonderfully small sometimes is the matter whence a grievous temptation cometh, and whilst I imagine myself safe for a little space; when I am not considering, I find myself often almost overcome by a little puff of wind. 2. Behold, therefore,
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Ruth 1:21
I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me."

Psalm 32:9
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Psalm 88:7
Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.

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