Job 10:3
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New International Version
Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?

New Living Translation
What do you gain by oppressing me? Why do you reject me, the work of your own hands, while smiling on the schemes of the wicked?

English Standard Version
Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked?

New American Standard Bible
'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?

King James Bible
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is it good for You to oppress, to reject the work of Your hands, and favor the plans of the wicked?

International Standard Version
Does it delight you to oppress or despise what you have made, while you smile at the plans of the wicked?

NET Bible
Is it good for you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What do you gain by mistreating me, by rejecting the work of your hands while you favor the plans of the wicked?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is it good unto thee that thou should oppress, that thou should reject the work of thine hands and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

King James 2000 Bible
Is it good unto you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and smile upon the counsel of the wicked?

American King James Version
Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and shine on the counsel of the wicked?

American Standard Version
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, That thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands, And shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth it seem good to thee that thou shouldst calumniate me, and oppress me, the work of thy own hands, and help the counsel of the wicked?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth it please thee to oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thy hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

English Revised Version
Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is it good to thee that thou shouldst oppress, that thou shouldst despise the work of thy hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

World English Bible
Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and smile on the counsel of the wicked?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it good for Thee that Thou dost oppress? That Thou despisest the labour of Thy hands, And on the counsel of the wicked hast shone?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-7 Job, being weary of his life, resolves to complain, but he will not charge God with unrighteousness. Here is a prayer that he might be delivered from the sting of his afflictions, which is sin. When God afflicts us, he contends with us; when he contends with us, there is always a reason; and it is desirable to know the reason, that we may repent of and forsake the sin for which God has a controversy with us. But when, like Job, we speak in the bitterness of our souls, we increase guilt and vexation. Let us harbour no hard thoughts of God; we shall hereafter see there was no cause for them. Job is sure that God does not discover things, nor judge of them, as men do; therefore he thinks it strange that God continues him under affliction, as if he must take time to inquire into his sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress? Job assumes that he is oppressed. He has no conception that his sufferings are a purification (John 15:2), intended to lead to the elevation and improvement of his moral character. He therefore asks - Is it worthy of God, is it good in him, is it compatible with his perfect excellence, to be an oppressor? It is a sort of argumentum ad verecundiam well enough between man and man, but quite out of place between a man and his Maker. That thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands (comp. Psalm 138:8). This argument is more legitimate. God may be expected, not to despise, but to care for, the work of his own hands (comp. Isaiah 19:25; Isaiah 29:23; 64:21; Isaiah 64:8; Ephesians 2:10). Every maker of a thing, as Aristotle says, loves his work, and naturally guards it, cares for it, and cherishes it. And shine upon the counsel of the wicked (comp. Job 9:24). The prosperity of evil-doers must arise, Job thinks, from God allowing his countenance to shine upon them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress?.... This God does not approve of in others; he dehorts men from it; he threatens to punish those that do so, and to be a swift witness against them; he promises to arise to the help of the oppressed, and to be a refuge for them, and therefore will never do the same himself; it can never be pleasant to him, nor right and just in his sight, nor is it of any advantage to him. Job here suggests that his afflictions were an oppression to him; and, indeed, no affliction is joyous, but grievous, and sometimes the hand of God presses hard and sore, but then there is no injury nor any injustice done, as the word (e) here used signifies; and he intimates also, as if God took some seeming delight and pleasure in thus oppressing him, and therefore expostulates with him about it, as if such conduct was not fit and becoming him, not agreeable to his perfections, and could afford neither pleasure nor profit. This, and what follows in this verse, are expostulations too bold and daring, and in which Job uses too much freedom with the Almighty, and in which he is not so modest as in Job 10:2,

that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands? which he tacitly insinuates he did. Job means himself, who, as to his body, and the several members of it, were the work of God's hands, curiously and wonderfully made by him, as is afterwards expressed; and as to his soul, and the powers and faculties of it, they were his make, who is the Father of spirits; and moreover, as a new man, he was made by him, was the workmanship of God, and a curious piece indeed, created after his image in righteousness and true holiness; and he was in every sense the work of his hands, or "the labour of his hands" (f); wrought with great care and labour, even with the "palms of his hands", as is the word (g) used; and could Job think that God "despised" such a work? he who, upon a survey of his works, said they were all very good; who forsakes not the work of his hands, nor despises the day of small things, could never do this; nor are afflictions to be interpreted in such a manner, as if God was indifferent unto, slighted and thought meanly of, what he himself has wrought; since these are so far from having such a meaning, that they flow from that great respect he has for his own work, and are for the good of it:

and shine upon the counsel of the wicked? either the counsel of the wicked one, Satan, who moved God to afflict him in the manner he had, or of the Sabeans and Chaldeans, who thrived and prospered, notwithstanding the injury they had done him; or of his friends, who consulted to brand his character with hypocrisy; or, rather, of wicked men in general, on whose counsel God may be thought to "shine", when it succeeds, and God seems to smile upon them in his providence, and they are in prosperous circumstances, and have what heart can wish, when good men are greatly afflicted; which sometimes has been a temptation, and greatly distressing, to the latter; see Psalm 73:2; but this is not always the case; the counsel of the froward is sometimes carried headlong, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is made brutish, and that of Ahithophel was defeated by him; and whenever he seems to countenance it, it is to answer some ends of his glory.

(e) "est opprimere vim injustam alicui facere", Schmidt. (f) "laborem", Pagninus, Montanus, Schultens, Michaelis. (g) "volarum tuarum", Montanus, Bolducius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Job is unwilling to think God can have pleasure in using His power to "oppress" the weak, and to treat man, the work of His own hands, as of no value (Job 10:8; Ps 138:8).

shine upon—favor with prosperity (Ps 50:2).

Job 10:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Plea to God
2"I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; Let me know why You contend with me. 3'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked? 4'Have You eyes of flesh? Or do You see as a man sees?…
Cross References
Job 9:22
It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'

Job 9:24
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

Job 10:8
"Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?

Job 14:15
You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.

Job 16:11
God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.

Job 19:6
then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me.

Job 21:16
But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

Job 22:18
Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

Job 27:2
"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,

Job 30:21
You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.

Job 31:15
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 34:19
who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?

Job 40:8
"Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Psalm 100:3
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 138:8
The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever-- do not abandon the works of your hands.

Isaiah 64:8
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Treasury of Scripture

Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and shine on the counsel of the wicked?

Is it good

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Job 36:7-9,17,18 He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are …

Job 40:2,8 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Lamentations 3:2-18 He has led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light…

despise

Psalm 69:33 For the LORD hears the poor, and despises not his prisoners.

the work. Heb. the labour

Job 14:15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to …

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, …

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our …

1 Peter 4:19 Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the …

shine upon

Job 8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help …

Jeremiah 12:1-3 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

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