Job 10:16
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New International Version
If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me.

New Living Translation
And if I hold my head high, you hunt me like a lion and display your awesome power against me.

English Standard Version
And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders against me.

New American Standard Bible
Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your power against me.

King James Bible
For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

Christian Standard Bible
If I am proud, you hunt me like a lion and again display your miraculous power against me.

Contemporary English Version
No matter how hard I try, you keep hunting me down like a powerful lion.

Good News Translation
If I have any success at all, you hunt me down like a lion; to hurt me you even work miracles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion and again display Your miraculous power against me.

International Standard Version
But if I do lift up my head, you will hunt me like a lion! You will perform miracles in order to fight against me.

NET Bible
If I lift myself up, you hunt me as a fierce lion, and again you display your power against me.

New Heart English Bible
If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion. Again you show yourself powerful to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like a proud, ferocious lion you hunt me down. You keep working your miracles against me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if it exalt itself, Thou huntest me as a lion; And again Thou showest Thyself marvellous upon me.

New American Standard 1977
‘And should my head be lifted up, Thou wouldst hunt me like a lion; And again Thou wouldst show Thy power against me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou dost increase. Thou dost hunt me as a fierce lion; turning and doing marvels in me.

King James 2000 Bible
For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again you show yourself awesome against me.

American King James Version
For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again you show yourself marvelous on me.

American Standard Version
And if my head exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion; And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And for pride thou wilt take me as a lioness, and returning thou tormentest me wonderfully.

Darby Bible Translation
And it increaseth: thou huntest me as a fierce lion; and ever again thou shewest thy marvellous power upon me.

English Revised Version
And if my head exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvelous upon me.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou showest thyself wonderful upon me.

World English Bible
If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion. Again you show yourself powerful to me.

Young's Literal Translation
And it riseth -- as a lion Thou huntest me. And Thou turnest back -- Thou shewest Thyself wonderful in me.
Study Bible
Job's Plea to God
15If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery. 16Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your power against me. 17'You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me.…
Cross References
Job 5:9
Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number.

Isaiah 38:13
"I composed my soul until morning. Like a lion-- so He breaks all my bones, From day until night You make an end of me.

Lamentations 3:10
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

Hosea 13:7
So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside.
Treasury of Scripture

For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again you show yourself marvelous on me.

Thou huntest

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Lamentations 3:10 He was to me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

Hosea 13:7,8 Therefore I will be to them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will …

Amos 3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, …

marvellous

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(16) For it increaseth.--This verse is very obscure. Some understand it thus: "But is it so glorious a thing that Thou shouldst hunt me like a fierce lion, and then again show Thyself mysterious and wonderful towards me? hunting me like a lion, and yet hiding alike Thy person and Thy motive from me?" Or the subject is the head of the former verse, "And if it exalt itself, Thou huntest me," &c. Or again, as in the Authorised Version, the subject is the affliction, "For it increaseth: Thou huntest me," &c.

Verse 16. - For it increaseth. Thou huntest me. This passage is very obscure, and has been taken in several quite different senses. On the whole, it is not clear that any better meaning can be assigned to it than that of the Authorized Version, "For my affliction increaseth," or "is ever increasing. Thou huntest me;" i.e. thou art continually pursuing me with thy plagues, thy "arrows" (Job 6:4), thy" wounds" (Job 9:17), thy poisoned shafts (Job 6:4). Thou givest me no rest, therefore I am ever conscious of my afflictions. As a fierce lion. Schultens regards Job as the lion, and so Jarchi and others. But most commentators take the view that the lion is God (comp. Isaiah 31:4; Isaiah 38:13; Jeremiah 25:38; Lamentations 3:10; Hosea 5:14; Hosea 13:7, 8). And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me; or, thou dealest marvellously with me; i.e. "in-flictest on me strange and marvellous sufferings." For it increaseth,.... That is, the affliction increaseth; which is a reason why pity should be shown him, seeing his troubles instead of abating were growing upon him; he had as much, or more, than he could well bear, and yet more was added to it; so that he was an object of compassion: or, "it lifteth itself up" (c); these proud waves of affliction rise, swell, and lift themselves on high, and threaten to overwhelm and utterly destroy; some render it as a "wish, oh, that it increased" (d); that it would come to its height, and quickly and at once put an end to this miserable life of mine: Job's affliction was a lingering one, it proceeded slowly; he wished it would make more haste, and become stronger, and soon dispatch him; see Job 6:9;

thou huntest me as a fierce lion; as the ramping shakal, as Mr. Broughton; the lion rampant, that is hungry, fierce, and ravenous, that pursues its prey with great eagerness, and never leaves till it comes up to it, when it seizes and devours it at once; or it, the affliction, hunteth me, pursues me closely, and will not leave, but threatens destruction to me; or rather, thou, that is God, who is often in Scripture compared to a lion, particularly when afflicting, or about to afflict the sons of men; see Isaiah 38:13; some (e) interpret the words, as if Job was compared to a lion hunted by men, at which darts were cast, for which nets were prepared, and pits were dug: according to this sense Job was dealt with as if, in the time of his prosperity, he had been like a fierce and cruel lion, preying upon and oppressing others; now the Lord was taking methods with him, both to restrain him from hurting others, and to chastise him for what he had done to them: but it would be much better to consider this in a light more agreeable to Job's character as a good man, a righteous one, who is as bold as a lion, and fears nothing, Proverbs 28:1; and such an one was Job; and in his prosperity lifted up his head and walked boldly, and consequently not fearing the frowns of men, nor the malice of Satan; but now this lion was hunted by the Lord himself, and compassed with his net, Job 19:6; and to this sense is the version of Schultens, connecting the words with the preceding clause, "him therefore, who walked high as a lion, thou humblest"; he who before carried his head high, being afraid of none, is now hunted down, and lies low enough, prostrate and distressed:

and again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me; or, "thou returnest (f) and showest", &c. after he had afflicted him in one way, he returned and afflicted him in another; and he not only repeated his afflictions, but devised new ways of afflicting him, uncommon ones, such as raised admiration in all beholders, as things rare and uncommon do: Job's afflictions were surprising ones; to be stripped at once of his substance, servants, children, and health; and it might be more wonderful to some, that God, so gracious and merciful as he is, should afflict in such a severe and rigorous manner; and especially that he should afflict so good a man, one so just and upright as Job was, in such a way: and it was even marvellous to Job himself, who was at a loss to account for it, not being conscious to himself of any gross enormity he had committed, or of a sinful course of life, or of anyone sin he had indulged to, wherefore God should come forth "against" (g) him as an enemy, in so terrible a manner: so some render the particle.

(c) "attollit sese", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Mercerus. (d) So Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius. (e) So Jarchi and Nachmanides; to which sense the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions incline. (f) "et reverteris", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Vatablus, Mercerus; so Beza. (g) "adversum me", Beza; "contra me", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius. 16. increaseth—rather, "(if) I lift up (my head) Thou wouldest hunt me," etc. [Umbreit].

and again—as if a lion should not kill his prey at once, but come back and torture it again.10:14-22 Job did not deny that as a sinner he deserved his sufferings; but he thought that justice was executed upon him with peculiar rigour. His gloom, unbelief, and hard thoughts of God, were as much to be ascribed to Satan's inward temptations, and his anguish of soul, under the sense of God's displeasure, as to his outward trials, and remaining depravity. Our Creator, become in Christ our Redeemer also, will not destroy the work of his hands in any humble believer; but will renew him unto holiness, that he may enjoy eternal life. If anguish on earth renders the grave a desirable refuge, what will be their condition who are condemned to the blackness of darkness for ever? Let every sinner seek deliverance from that dreadful state, and every believer be thankful to Jesus, who delivereth from the wrath to come.
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