Job 10:1
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English Standard Version
“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

King James Bible
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

American Standard Version
My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My soul is weary of my life, I will let go my speech against myself, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

English Revised Version
My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 10:1 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

29 If I am wicked, why do I exert myself in vain?

30 If I should wash myself with snow water,

And make my hands clean with lye,

31 Then thou wouldst plunge me into the pit,

And my clothes would abhor me.

32 For He is not a man as I, that I should answer Him,

That we should go together to judgment.

33 There is not an arbitrator between us

Who should lay his hand upon us both.

The clause with strongly accented "I" affirms that in relation to God is from the first, and unchangeably, a wicked, i.e., guilty, man (Psalm 109:7) (רשׁע, to be a wicked man, means either to act as such Job 10:15, or to appear as such, be accounted as such, as here and Job 10:7; Hiph., Job 9:20, to condemn). Why, therefore, should he vainly (הבל, acc. adv., like breath, useless) exert himself by crying for help, and basing his plaint on his innocence? In Job 9:30 the Chethib is במו, the Keri במי, as the reverse in Isaiah 25:10; mo itself appears in the signification water (Egyptian muau), in the proper names Moab and Moshe (according to Jablonsky, ex aqua servatus); in במו, however, the mo may be understood according to Ges. 103, 2. This is the meaning - no cleansing, even though he should use snow and בּר (a vegetable alkali), i.e., not even the best-grounded self-justification can avail him, for God would still bring it to pass, that his clearly proved innocence should change to the most horrible impurity. Ewald, Rdiger, and others translate incorrectly: my clothes would make me disgusting. The idea is tame. The Piel תּעב signifies elsewhere in the book (Job 19:19; Job 30:10) to abhor, not to make abhorrent; and the causative meaning is indeed questionable, for מתעב (Isaiah 49:7) signifies loathing, as מכסּה (Job 23:17) covering, and Ezekiel 16:25 certainly borders on the signification "to make detestable," but תעב may also be in the primary meaning, abominari, the strongest expression for that contempt of the beauty bestowed by God which manifests itself by prostitution. Translate: My clothes would abhor me; which does not mean: I should be disgusted with myself (Hirzel); Job is rather represented as naked; him, the naked one, God would - says he - so plunge into the pit that his clothes would conceive a horror of him, i.e., start back in terror at the idea of being put on and defiled by such a horrible creature (Schlottm., Oehler). For God is not his equal, standing on the same level with him: He, the Absolute Being, is accuser and judge in one person; there is between them no arbitrator who (or that he) should lay, etc. Mercier correctly explains: impositio manus est potestatis signum; the meaning therefore is: qui utrumque nostrum velut manu imposita coerceat.

Job 10:1 Parallel Commentaries

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My soul

Job 3:20-23 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul...

Job 6:8,9 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!...

Job 5:15,16,20 But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty...

Job 9:21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time...

Numbers 11:15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if I have found favor in your sight...

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree...

Jonah 4:3,8 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live...

is weary of my life. or, cut off while I live. I will leave

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 19:4 And be it indeed that I have erred, my error remains with myself.

Job 21:2-4 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations...

I will speak

Job 10:15,16 If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion...

Job 6:2-4,26 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!...

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 16:6-16 Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased...

Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long...

Isaiah 38:15,17 What shall I say? he has both spoken to me, and himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul...

Cross References
Job 6:9
that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

Job 7:11
"Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

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

Isaiah 38:15
What shall I say? For he has spoken to me, and he himself has done it. I walk slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

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