Job 21:34
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New International Version
"So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!"

New Living Translation
"How can your empty cliches comfort me? All your explanations are lies!"

English Standard Version
How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”

New American Standard Bible
"How then will you vainly comfort me, For your answers remain full of falsehood?"

King James Bible
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So how can you offer me such futile comfort? Your answers are deceptive.

International Standard Version
How then, can you console me so worthlessly? What is left of your answers is treachery."

NET Bible
So how can you console me with your futile words? Nothing is left of your answers but deception!"

New Heart English Bible
So how can you comfort me with nonsense, seeing that in your answers there remains only falsehood?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can you comfort me with this nonsense when your answers continue to betray me?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
How then comfort ye me in vain? And as for your answers, there remaineth only faithlessness?

New American Standard 1977
“How then will you vainly comfort me,
            For your answers remain full of falsehood?”



Jubilee Bible 2000
How then do ye comfort me in vain, given that your answers remain as falsehood?

King James 2000 Bible
How then do you comfort me in vain, seeing in your answers there remains falsehood?

American King James Version
How then comfort you me in vain, seeing in your answers there remains falsehood?

American Standard Version
How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth only falsehood?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How then do ye comfort me in vain, whereas your answer is shewn to be repugnant to truth ?

Darby Bible Translation
How then comfort ye me in vain? Your answers remain perfidious.

English Revised Version
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth only falsehood?

Webster's Bible Translation
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?

World English Bible
So how can you comfort me with nonsense, because in your answers there remains only falsehood?"

Young's Literal Translation
And how do ye comfort me with vanity, And in your answers hath been left trespass?

Study Bible
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
33"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him. 34"How then will you vainly comfort me, For your answers remain full of falsehood?"
Cross References
Job 16:2
"I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.

Job 22:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
Treasury of Scripture

How then comfort you me in vain, seeing in your answers there remains falsehood?

comfort

Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.

seeing

Job 13:4 But you are forgers of lies, you are all physicians of no value.

Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they …

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, …

falsehood. Heb. transgression

(34) There remaineth falsehood.--Or, all that is left of them is transgression, that is to say, it is not only worthless, but yet more, it is even harmful and wrong.

Verse 34. - How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood? Your position, that the godly always prosper, while the wicked are afflicted and brought low, being an absolutely false one, your attempts to console and comfort me are wholly vain and futile. Why continue them? Most commentators consider the second colloquy here to end, and a pause to occur, before Eliphaz resumes the argument.



How then comfort ye me in vain,.... This is the conclusion Job draws from the above observations: his friends came to comfort him, and they took methods for it, as they thought, but miserable comforters were they all; what they administered for comfort was in vain, and to no purpose; nor could any be expected from them, on the plan upon which they proceeded; they suggested he was a bad man, because of his afflictions, and they exhorted him to repentance and reformation, and then promised him happiness and prosperity upon it; which could not be expected, as appeared from the face of things in Providence; since, according to the above instances and proofs, wicked men enjoy prosperity, and good men had usually a great share of adversity:

seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood; all their replies to Job were filled with these intimations and suggestions, that wicked men were only and always afflicted; or if they were at any time in prosperity, it was but for a little while; that good men were seldom or never afflicted, at least as Job was, or but a little afflicted, and for a little while: now Job had proved the contrary to all this, and therefore no consolation could be hoped for from men that held such tenets; comfort only springs from truth, and not falsehood; a man that speaks the truths, or delivers out the truths of God's word, he speaks to comfort and edification; but he that brings nothing but error and falsehood can never be the means and instrument of true solid comfort to any. Job having thus fully proved his point, and confuted the notions of his friends, it might have been thought they would have sat down in silence, and made no further answer; but Eliphaz rises up a third time, and makes a reply, as follows. 34. falsehood—literally, "transgression." Your boasted "consolations" (Job 15:11) are contradicted by facts ("vain"); they therefore only betray your evil intent ("wickedness") against me. 21:27-34 Job opposes the opinion of his friends, That the wicked are sure to fall into visible and remarkable ruin, and none but the wicked; upon which principle they condemned Job as wicked. Turn to whom you will, you will find that the punishment of sinners is designed more for the other world than for this, Jude 1:14,15. The sinner is here supposed to live in a great deal of power. The sinner shall have a splendid funeral: a poor thing for any man to be proud of the prospect of. He shall have a stately monument. And a valley with springs of water to keep the turf green, was accounted an honourable burial place among eastern people; but such things are vain distinctions. Death closes his prosperity. It is but a poor encouragement to die, that others have died before us. That which makes a man die with true courage, is, with faith to remember that Jesus Christ died and was laid in the grave, not only before us, but for us. That He hath gone before us, and died for us, who is alive and liveth for us, is true consolation in the hour of death.
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