Job 23:2
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New International Version
"Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.

New Living Translation
"My complaint today is still a bitter one, and I try hard not to groan aloud.

English Standard Version
“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.

New American Standard Bible
"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

King James Bible
Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Today also my complaint is bitter. His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

International Standard Version
"I'm still complaining bitterly today; my hand is heavy because of groaning.

NET Bible
"Even today my complaint is still bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning.

New Heart English Bible
"Even today my complaint is rebellious. His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My complaint is bitter again today. I try hard to control my sighing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even to-day is my complaint bitter; My hand is become heavy because of my groaning.

New American Standard 1977
“Even today my complaint is rebellion;
            His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Today I will also speak with bitterness; my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

King James 2000 Bible
Even today is my complaint bitter: my hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.

American King James Version
Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

American Standard Version
Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now also my words are in bitterness, and the hand of my scourge is more grievous than my mourning.

Darby Bible Translation
Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

English Revised Version
Even today is my complaint rebellious: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even to-day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

World English Bible
"Even today my complaint is rebellious. His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- to-day is my complaint bitter, My hand hath been heavy because of my sighing.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
1Then Job replied, 2"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning. 3"Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!…
Cross References
Job 6:2
"Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!

Job 6:3
"For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.

Job 7:11
"Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 23:1
Then Job replied,

Job 23:3
"Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!

Job 34:37
'For he adds rebellion to his sin; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.'"

Psalm 32:4
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

Ezekiel 24:16
"Son of man, behold, I am about to take from you the desire of your eyes with a blow; but you shall not mourn and you shall not weep, and your tears shall not come.
Treasury of Scripture

Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

my complaint

Job 6:2 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in …

Job 10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint on myself; …

Lamentations 3:19,20 Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall…

Psalm 77:2-9 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, …

stroke. Heb. hand. heavier

Job 11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom…

(2) Even to day.--Or, Still is my complaint bitter or accounted rebellion; yet is my stroke heavier than my groaning: my complaint is no just measure of my suffering.

Even today is my complaint bitter,.... Job's afflictions were continued on him long; he was made to possess months of vanity; and, as he had been complaining ever since they were upon him, he still continued to complain to that day, "even" after all the comforts his friends pretended to administer to him, as Jarchi observes: his complaints were concerning his afflictions, and his friends' ill usage of him under them; not of injustice in God in afflicting him, though he thought he dealt severely with him; but of the greatness of his afflictions, they being intolerable, and his strength unequal to them, and therefore death was more eligible to him than life; and he complained of God's hiding his face from him, and not hearing him, nor showing him wherefore he contended with him, nor admitting an hearing of his cause before him: and this complaint of his was "bitter": the things he complained of were such, bitter afflictions, like the waters of Marah the Israelites could not drink of, Exodus 15:23; there was a great deal of wormwood and gall in his affliction and misery; and it was in a bitter way, in the bitterness of his soul, he made his complaint; and, what made his case still worse, he could not utter any complaint, so much as a sigh or a groan, but it was reckoned "provocation", or "stubbornness and rebellion", by his friends; so some render the word (x), as Mr. Broughton does, "this day my sighing is holden a rebellion": there is indeed a great deal of rebellion oftentimes in the hearts, words and actions, conduct and behaviour, even of good men under afflictions, as were in the Israelites in the wilderness; and a difficult thing it is to complain without being guilty of it; though complaints may be without it, yet repinings and murmurings are always attended with it:

and my stroke is heavier than my groaning; or "my hand" (y), meaning either his own hand, which was heavy, and hung down, his spirits failing, his strength being exhausted, and so his hands weak, feeble, and remiss, that he could not hold them up through his afflictions, and his groanings under them, see Psalm 102:5; or the hand of God upon him, his afflicting hand, which had touched him and pressed hard upon him, and lay heavy, and was heavier than his groanings showed; though he groaned much, he did not groan more, nor so much, as his afflictions called for; and therefore it was no wonder that his complaint was bitter, nor should it be reckoned rebellion and provocation; see Job 6:2.

(x) "exacerbatio", Montanus, Vatablus, Schmidt; "exasperatio", Mercerus, Drusius; "pertinacia", Bolducius; "contumacia habetur", Cocceius; "rebellionem haberi", Junius & Tremellius; "rebellio est", Piscator, Codurcus. (y) "manus mea", Montanus, Vatablus, Mercerus, Drusius, Michaelis. 2. to-day—implying, perhaps, that the debate was carried on through more days than one (see [517]Introduction).

bitter—(Job 7:11; 10:1).

my stroke—the hand of God on me (Margin, Job 19:21; Ps 32:4).

heavier than—is so heavy that I cannot relieve myself adequately by groaning.23:1-7 Job appeals from his friends to the just judgement of God. He wants to have his cause tried quickly. Blessed be God, we may know where to find him. He is in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself; and upon a mercy-seat, waiting to be gracious. Thither the sinner may go; and there the believer may order his cause before Him, with arguments taken from his promises, his covenant, and his glory. A patient waiting for death and judgment is our wisdom and duty, and it cannot be without a holy fear and trembling. A passionate wishing for death or judgement is our sin and folly, and ill becomes us, as it did Job.
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