Job 23:16
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New International Version
God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.

New Living Translation
God has made me sick at heart; the Almighty has terrified me.

English Standard Version
God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;

New American Standard Bible
"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,

King James Bible
For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.

International Standard Version
God has caused me to faint; the Almighty makes me terrified!

NET Bible
Indeed, God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.

New Heart English Bible
For God has made my heart faint. Shaddai has terrified me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has discouraged me. The Almighty has filled me with terror.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath affrighted me;

New American Standard 1977
It is God who has made my heart faint,
            And the Almighty who has dismayed me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God has made my heart tender, and the Almighty has frightened me.

King James 2000 Bible
For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me:

American King James Version
For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me:

American Standard Version
For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
God hath softened my heart, and the Almighty hath troubled me.

Darby Bible Translation
For God hath made my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me;

English Revised Version
For God hath made my heart faint, and the Almighty hath troubled me:

Webster's Bible Translation
For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

World English Bible
For God has made my heart faint. The Almighty has terrified me.

Young's Literal Translation
And God hath made my heart soft, And the Mighty hath troubled me.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
15"Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him. 16"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me, 17But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:3
"He shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them,

Job 23:15
"Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him.

Job 27:2
"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,

Psalm 22:14
I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.

Jeremiah 51:46
"Now so that your heart does not grow faint, And you are not afraid at the report that will be heard in the land-- For the report will come one year, And after that another report in another year, And violence will be in the land With ruler against ruler--
Treasury of Scripture

For God makes my heart soft, and the Almighty troubles me:

For God

Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my …

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: …

Almighty

Job 27:2 As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who …

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

Psalm 88:16 Your fierce wrath goes over me; your terrors have cut me off.

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction …

(16) For God maketh my heart soft.--That is, "He has made it full of apprehension and fear, and the Almighty hath troubled me in these two respects: that He did not cut me off before the darkness, so that I had never been born, or that He did not hide darkness from mine eyes after giving me life." (Comp. Job 3:11; Job 3:20, &c.) We may understand this of the physical suffering to which he was subjected, or of the mental distress and perplexity under which he laboured.

Verse 16. - For God maketh my heart soft; of faint as in Leviticus 26:36 and Deuteronomy 20:3. He takes away my courage, and leaves me a prey to terror. And the Almighty troubleth me. The verb used (the hiph. form of בהל) is a very strong one, and means "hath filled me with horror and consternation? For God maketh my heart soft,.... Not tender as Josiah's was, 2 Kings 22:19, or as the heart of every penitent is, when God makes it humble and contrite by his spirit and grace, or takes away the stony heart, and gives an heart of flesh; though Job had such an heart, and God made it so; but he means a weak, feeble, fearful heart, pressed and broken with afflictions, that could not endure and bear up under the mighty hand of God; but became as water, and melted like wax in the midst of him, and was ready to faint, and sink, and die away:

and the Almighty troubleth me; by afflicting him; afflictions cause trouble, and these are of God; or he "astonishes" (a), amazes me, throws me into the utmost consternation, the reason of which follows.

(a) "me attonitum reddidit", Vatablus; "consternavit me", Drusius, Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "externavit me", Schultens. 16. soft—faint; hath melted my courage. Here again Job's language is that of Jesus Christ (Ps 22:14).23:13-17 As Job does not once question but that his trials are from the hand of God, and that there is no such thing as chance, how does he account for them? The principle on which he views them is, that the hope and reward of the faithful servants of God are only laid up in another life; and he maintains that it is plain to all, that the wicked are not treated according to their deserts in this life, but often directly the reverse. But though the obtaining of mercy, the first-fruits of the Spirit of grace, pledges a God, who will certainly finish the work which he has began; yet the afflicted believer is not to conclude that all prayer and entreaty will be in vain, and that he should sink into despair, and faint when he is reproved of Him. He cannot tell but the intention of God in afflicting him may be to produce penitence and prayer in his heart. May we learn to obey and trust the Lord, even in tribulation; to live or die as he pleases: we know not for what good ends our lives may be shortened or prolonged.
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