Job 13:26
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New International Version
For you write down bitter things against me and make me reap the sins of my youth.

New Living Translation
"You write bitter accusations against me and bring up all the sins of my youth.

English Standard Version
For you write bitter things against me and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.

New American Standard Bible
"For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

King James Bible
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For You record bitter accusations against me and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.

International Standard Version
You've accused me of bitter things; you've caused me to reap the sins of my youth.

NET Bible
For you write down bitter things against me and cause me to inherit the sins of my youth.

New Heart English Bible
For you write bitter things against me, and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You write down bitter accusations against me. You make me suffer for the sins of my youth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That Thou shouldest write bitter things against me, And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

New American Standard 1977
“For Thou dost write bitter things against me,
            And dost make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why dost thou write bitter things against me and make me carry the iniquities of my youth.

King James 2000 Bible
For you write bitter things against me, and make me possess the iniquities of my youth.

American King James Version
For you write bitter things against me, and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

American Standard Version
For thou writest bitter things against me, And makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou writest bitter things against me, and wilt consume me for the sins of my youth.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth;

English Revised Version
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth:

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

World English Bible
For you write bitter things against me, and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou writest against me bitter things, And causest me to possess iniquities of my youth:
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
25"Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry chaff? 26"For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth. 27"You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet,…
Cross References
Job 9:18
"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

Psalm 25:7
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

For you write bitter things against me, and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

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

Ruth 1:20 And she said to them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty …

Psalm 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near to the grave.

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Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down …

Psalm 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according …

Proverbs 5:11-13 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed…

Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was …

John 5:5,14 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years…

(26) For thou writest bitter things against me.--Exquisitely plaintive and affecting is this confession.

Verse 26. - For thou writest bitter things against me. The allusion seems to be to the ordinary practice in ancient law-courts of formulating a written acte d'accusation against supposed criminals. Keeping up the imagery of a court and pleadings, Job represents God as engaged in drawing up such a document against him. The "bitter things" are the charges which the acts contains. And makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth. Job, like David, has to acknowledge "sins and offences" committed in his youth (Psalm 25:6). In considering what the indictment against him can be, he can only suppose that these old and long-forsaken sins are being remembered and brought up against him, and that he is being punished for them. He does not exclaim against this as injustice; he feels probably that there is no statute of limitations respecting sins and their punishment; but it can scarcely have seemed to him consistent with God's goodness and mercifulness that the offences of his immature age should be visited upon him so bitterly. For thou writest bitter things against me,.... Meaning not sins and rebellions, taken notice of by him, when his good deeds were omitted, as Jarchi; sin is indeed an evil and a bitter thing in its own nature, being exceeding sinful and abominable, and its effects and consequences; being what provokes God to anger most bitterly, and makes bitter work for repentance; as it did in Peter, who, when made sensible of it, wept bitterly, Matthew 26:75; sooner or later, sin, though it is a sweet morsel rolled about in the mouth for a while, yet in the issue proves the gall of asps within, Job 20:14, bitter and distressing; and this God also puts down in the book of his remembrance, yea, writes it as with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond, Jeremiah 17:1; but that cannot be meant here, since Job was inquiring after his sins, asking what and how many they were, and would not allow of any being committed by him that were heinous and notorious; wherefore afflictions are rather here intended, which are bitter and grievous, and not joyous, and especially such as Job was afflicted with; see Ruth 1:20; and these were written by the Lord in the book of his eternal purposes and decrees, and were the things he performed, which were appointed for Job, as he full well knew, and as all the afflictions of God's people are; and besides they were written in a judiciary way, and so against him; they were, as he apprehended, the sentence of a judge written down, and read, and pronounced, and according to it inflicted, and that with great deliberation as things are written, and in order to continue, as what is written does; and so denotes that a severe decree was gone forth against him, with design, and was and would be continued:

and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth; which had been committed through weakness and ignorance; and which, it might have been thought, would not have been taken notice of and animadverted on; or rather which Job concluded had been forgiven and forgotten, according to the tenor of the covenant of grace, and would never have been brought into account any more; and yet these were not only remembered by the Lord, at least seemingly, by the afflictions that were endured; but they were by him brought to Job's remembrance, and the guilt of them charged upon him, and stared him in the face, and loaded his conscience, and filled him with reproach, and shame, as Ephraim, Jeremiah 31:19; and which is deprecated by the Psalmist, Psalm 25:7; and what aggravated this case and made it the more distressing was, that in Job's apprehension it was to continue with him as an inheritance, as the word (m) signifies, which abides with men in their families for ever; and some respect may be had to the corruption of nature, which is hereditary, and remains with men from their youth upwards.

(m) "haereditare me facis", Beza, Schmidt, Michaelis; so Junius and Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Schultens; so the Targum and Ben Melech. 26. writest—a judicial phrase, to note down the determined punishment. The sentence of the condemned used to be written down (Isa 10:1; Jer 22:30; Ps 149:9) [Umbreit].

bitter things—bitter punishments.

makest me to possess—or "inherit." In old age he receives possession of the inheritance of sin thoughtlessly acquired in youth. "To inherit sins" is to inherit the punishments inseparably connected with them in Hebrew ideas (Ps 25:7).13:23-28 Job begs to have his sins discovered to him. A true penitent is willing to know the worst of himself; and we should all desire to know what our transgressions are, that we may confess them, and guard against them for the future. Job complains sorrowfully of God's severe dealings with him. Time does not wear out the guilt of sin. When God writes bitter things against us, his design is to make us bring forgotten sins to mind, and so to bring us to repent of them, as to break us off from them. Let young persons beware of indulging in sin. Even in this world they may so possess the sins of their youth, as to have months of sorrow for moments of pleasure. Their wisdom is to remember their Creator in their early days, that they may have assured hope, and sweet peace of conscience, as the solace of their declining years. Job also complains that his present mistakes are strictly noticed. So far from this, God deals not with us according to our deserts. This was the language of Job's melancholy views. If God marks our steps, and narrowly examines our paths, in judgment, both body and soul feel his righteous vengeance. This will be the awful case of unbelievers, yet there is salvation devised, provided, and made known in Christ.
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