Job 16:22
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New International Version
"Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.

New Living Translation
For soon I must go down that road from which I will never return.

English Standard Version
For when a few years have come I shall go the way from which I shall not return.

New American Standard Bible
"For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

King James Bible
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.

International Standard Version
For when only a few years have elapsed, I'll start down a path from which I'll never return."

NET Bible
For the years that lie ahead are few, and then I will go on the way of no return.

New Heart English Bible
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because in a few short years I will take the path of no return.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the years that are few are coming on, And I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

New American Standard 1977
“For when a few years are past,
            I shall go the way of no return.



Jubilee Bible 2000
When the counted years are come, then I shall go the way from which I shall not return.

King James 2000 Bible
When a few years have come, then I shall go the way where I shall not return.

American King James Version
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

American Standard Version
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold short years pass away and I am walking in a path by which l shall not return.

Darby Bible Translation
For years [few] in number shall pass, -- and I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.

English Revised Version
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Webster's Bible Translation
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

World English Bible
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way of no return.

Young's Literal Translation
When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.

Study Bible
Job: Poor Comforters are You
21"O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor! 22"For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.
Cross References
Job 3:13
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Job 10:21
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Job 16:21
"O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!
Treasury of Scripture

When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

a few years. Heb. years of number

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(22) When a few years are come.--Literally, years of number, which means either "years than can be easily numbered," as men of number (Genesis 34:20) is used to express few men; or "years that are numbered," that is, allotted, determined. It is strange to find Job speaking, in his condition, of years, but so, for that matter, is it to find a man so sorely tormented as he was indulging in so long an argument. Perhaps this shows us that the narrative of Job is intended to be an ideal only, setting forth the low estate of sin-stricken humanity: this is only thrown out as a suggestion, no weight is assigned to it more than it may chance to claim. Perhaps, however, these words are spoken by Job in contemplation of his condition as a dying man, even had he not been so afflicted.

Verse 22. - When a few years are come; literally, a number of years, which generally means a small number. I shall go the way whence I shall not return. This verse would more fitly begin the following chapter, which opens in a similar strain, with an anticipation of the near approach of death



When a few years are come,.... As the years of man's life are but few at most, and Job's years, which were yet to come, still fewer in his apprehension; or "years of number" (m), that are numbered by God, fixed and determined by him, Job 14:5; or being few are easily numbered:

then I shall go the way whence I shall not return; that is, go the way of all flesh, a long journey; death itself is meant, which is a going out of this world into another, from whence there is no return to this again, to the same place, condition, circumstances, estate, and employment as now; otherwise there will be a resurrection from the dead, the bodies will rise out of the earth, and souls will be brought again to be united with them, but not to be in the same situation here as now: this Job observes either as a kind of solace to him under all his afflictions on himself, and from his friends, that in a little time it would be all over with him; or as an argument to hasten the pleading of his cause, that his innocence might be cleared before he died; and if this was not done quickly, it would be too late.

(m) "anni numeri", Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius; "numbered days", Broughton; so Tigurine version. 22. few—literally, "years of number," that is, few, opposed to numberless (Ge 34:30). 16:17-22 Job's condition was very deplorable; but he had the testimony of his conscience for him, that he never allowed himself in any gross sin. No one was ever more ready to acknowledge sins of infirmity. Eliphaz had charged him with hypocrisy in religion, but he specifies prayer, the great act of religion, and professes that in this he was pure, though not from all infirmity. He had a God to go to, who he doubted not took full notice of all his sorrows. Those who pour out tears before God, though they cannot plead for themselves, by reason of their defects, have a Friend to plead for them, even the Son of man, and on him we must ground all our hopes of acceptance with God. To die, is to go the way whence we shall not return. We must all of us, very certainly, and very shortly, go this journey. Should not then the Saviour be precious to our souls? And ought we not to be ready to obey and to suffer for his sake? If our consciences are sprinkled with his atoning blood, and testify that we are not living in sin or hypocrisy, when we go the way whence we shall not return, it will be a release from prison, and an entrance into everlasting happiness.
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