Job 16:9
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New International Version
God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.

New Living Translation
God hates me and angrily tears me apart. He snaps his teeth at me and pierces me with his eyes.

English Standard Version
He has torn me in his wrath and hated me; he has gnashed his teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

New American Standard Bible
"His anger has torn me and hunted me down, He has gnashed at me with His teeth; My adversary glares at me.

King James Bible
He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His anger tears at me, and He harasses me. He gnashes His teeth at me. My enemy pierces me with His eyes.

International Standard Version
His anger tears me in his persistent resentment against me; he gnashes his teeth at me. My adversary glares at me.

NET Bible
His anger has torn me and persecuted me; he has gnashed at me with his teeth; my adversary locks his eyes on me.

New Heart English Bible
He has torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me. He has gnashed on me with his teeth. My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God's anger tore me [apart] and attacked me. He gritted his teeth at me. My opponent looked sharply at me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath torn me in His wrath, and hated me; He hath gnashed upon me with His teeth; Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

New American Standard 1977
“His anger has torn me and hunted me down,
            He has gnashed at me with His teeth;
            My adversary glares at me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His wrath has torn me and has been against me; he gnashed upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpened his eyes upon me.

King James 2000 Bible
He tears me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpens his eyes upon me.

American King James Version
He tears me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes on me with his teeth; my enemy sharpens his eyes on me.

American Standard Version
He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth: Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath gathered together his fury against me, and threatening me he hath gnashed with his teeth upon me: my enemy hath beheld me with terrible eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
His anger teareth and pursueth me; he gnasheth with his teeth against me; [as] mine adversary he sharpeneth his eyes at me.

English Revised Version
He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; he hath gnashed upon me with his teeth: mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

Webster's Bible Translation
He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; my enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

World English Bible
He has torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me. He has gnashed on me with his teeth. My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.

Young's Literal Translation
His anger hath torn, and he hateth me, He hath gnashed at me with his teeth, My adversary sharpeneth his eyes for me.
Study Bible
Job: Poor Comforters are You
8"You have shriveled me up, It has become a witness; And my leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face. 9"His anger has torn me and hunted me down, He has gnashed at me with His teeth; My adversary glares at me. 10"They have gaped at me with their mouth, They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt; They have massed themselves against me.…
Cross References
Acts 7:54
On hearing this, the members of the Sanhedrin were enraged, and they gnashed their teeth at him.

Job 13:24
"Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy?

Job 19:11
"He has also kindled His anger against me And considered me as His enemy.

Job 30:21
"You have become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You persecute me.

Job 33:10
'Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy.

Psalm 35:16
Like godless jesters at a feast, They gnashed at me with their teeth.

Lamentations 2:16
All your enemies Have opened their mouths wide against you; They hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, "We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day for which we waited; We have reached it, we have seen it."

Hosea 6:1
"Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
Treasury of Scripture

He tears me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes on me with his teeth; my enemy sharpens his eyes on me.

teareth me

Job 10:16,17 For it increases. You hunt me as a fierce lion: and again you show …

Job 18:4 He tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? …

Psalm 50:22 Now consider this, you that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, …

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

Hosea 5:14 For I will be to Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house …

he gnasheth

Psalm 35:16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed on me with their teeth.

Psalm 37:12 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth.

Lamentations 2:16 All your enemies have opened their mouth against you: they hiss and …

mine

Job 13:24,27 Why hide you your face, and hold me for your enemy…

Job 19:11 He has also kindled his wrath against me, and he counts me to him …

Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

(9) He teareth me in his wrath.--Terrible as the language is that Job has used against God, he seems here almost to exceed it, for he calls Him his adversary. It is hardly possible not to understand the expression of God, for though he immediately speaks of his friends, yet just afterwards he openly mentions God.

Verse 9. - He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me; literally, his wrath teareth and he hateth me. God treats Job as severely as if he hated him. That he is actually hated of God Job does not believe; otherwise he would long since have ceased to call upon him, and pour out his heart before him. He gnasheth upon me with his teeth (comp. Psalm 35:16; Psalm 37:12). Mine enemy (or rather, adversary) sharpeneth his eyes upon me; i.e. makes me a whetstone on which he sharpens his angry glances. He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me,.... By whom is meant not Satan, as Jarchi, though he is an enemy to, and an hater of mankind, especially of good men; nor Eliphaz, as others, who had fallen upon Job with a great deal of wrath and fury, tearing his character in pieces, which Job attributed to his hatred of him; but it rather appears from the context that God himself is intended, of whom Job had now a mistaken notion and apprehension; taking him for his enemy, being treated by him, as he thought, as if he had an aversion to him, and an hatred of him; whereas God hates none of his creatures, being his offspring, and the objects of his tender care, and providential regard: indeed sin is hateful to him, and makes men odious in his sight, and he hates all the workers of iniquity, and those whom he passed by, when he chose others; though they are said to be hated by him as Esau was, yet not with a positive but a negative hatred; that is, are not loved by him; and considered as profane and ungodly persons, and as such foreordained to condemnation; for sin may be said to be hated, but good men never are; God's chosen ones, his children and special people, are the objects of his everlasting love; and though he may be angry with them, and show a little seeming wrath towards them, yet never hates them; hatred and love are as opposite as any two things can possibly be; and indeed, strictly and properly speaking, there is no wrath nor fury in God towards his people; though they deserve it, they are not appointed to it, but are delivered from it by Christ; and neither that nor any of the effects of it shall ever light on them; but Job concluded this from the providence he was under, in which God appeared terrible to him, like a lion or any such fierce and furious creature, to which he is sometimes compared, and compares himself, which seizes on its prey, and tears and rends it to pieces; Isaiah 38:13; thus God permitted Job's substance to be taken from him by the Chaldeans and Sabeans; his children by death, which was like tearing off his limbs; and his skin and his flesh to be rent and broken by boils and ulcers: Job was a type of Christ in his sorrows and sufferings; and though he was not now in the best frame of mind, the flesh prevailed, and corruptions worked, and he expressed himself in an unguarded manner, yet perhaps we shall not find, in any part of this book, things expressed, and the language in which they are expressed, more similar and to be accommodated to the case, and sorrows, and sufferings of Christ, than in this context; for though he was the son of God's love, his dear and well beloved son, yet as he was the surety of his people, and bore and suffered punishment in their stead, justice behaved towards him as though there was a resentment unto him, and an aversion of him; yea, he says, "thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine Anointed" or "Messiah", Psalm 89:38; and indeed he did bear the wrath of God, the vengeance of justice or curse of the righteous law; and was suffered to be torn in every sense, his temples with a crown of thorns, his cheeks by those that plucked off the hair, his hands and feet by the nails driven in them, and his side by the spear; and his life was torn, snatched, and taken away from him in a violent manner:

he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; as men do when they are full of wrath and fury: this is one way of showing it, as the enemies of David, a type of Christ, and the slayers of Stephen, his protomartyr, did, Psalm 35:16; and as beasts of prey, such as the lion, wolf, do:

mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me; the Targum adds, as a razor. Here again Job considers God as his enemy, though he was not, misinterpreting his dealings with him; he represents him as looking out sharp after him, inspecting narrowly into all his ways, and works, and actions, strictly observing his failings and infirmities, calling him to an account, and afflicting him for them, and dealing rigidly and severely with him for any small offence: his eyes seemed to him to be like flames of fire, to sparkle with wrath and revenge; his thee, as he imagined, was set against him, and his eyes upon him to destroy him; and thus the eye of vindictive justice was upon Christ his antitype, when he was made sin and a curse for his people, and the sword of justice was awaked against him, and thrust in him. 9. Image from a wild beast. So God is represented (Job 10:16).

who hateth me—rather, "and pursues me hard." Job would not ascribe "hatred" to God (Ps 50:22).

mine enemy—rather, "he sharpens, etc., as an enemy" (Ps 7:12). Darts wrathful glances at me, like a foe (Job 13:24).16:6-16 Here is a doleful representation of Job's grievances. What reason we have to bless God, that we are not making such complaints! Even good men, when in great troubles, have much ado not to entertain hard thoughts of God. Eliphaz had represented Job as unhumbled under his affliction: No, says Job, I know better things; the dust is now the fittest place for me. In this he reminds us of Christ, who was a man of sorrows, and pronounced those blessed that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
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