Job 30:18
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New International Version
In his great power God becomes like clothing to me; he binds me like the neck of my garment.

New Living Translation
With a strong hand, God grabs my shirt. He grips me by the collar of my coat.

English Standard Version
With great force my garment is disfigured; it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.

New American Standard Bible
"By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

King James Bible
By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My clothing is distorted with great force; He chokes me by the neck of my garment.

International Standard Version
My clothes are disheveled by his forceful treatment of me; he restricts my movement like the collar of my cloak.

NET Bible
With great power God grasps my clothing; he binds me like the collar of my tunic.

New Heart English Bible
By great force is my garment disfigured. It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With great strength he grabs my clothes. He seizes me by the collar of my robe.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By the great force [of my disease] is my garment disfigured; It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

New American Standard 1977
“By a great force my garment is distorted;
            It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By the great force of my disease my garment is changed; it binds me about as the collar of my coat.

King James 2000 Bible
By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it binds me about as the collar of my coat.

American King James Version
By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it binds me about as the collar of my coat.

American Standard Version
By God's great force is my garment disfigured; It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With the multitude of them my garment is consumed, and they have girded me about, as with the collar of my coat.

Darby Bible Translation
By their great force they have become my raiment; they bind me about as the collar of my coat.

English Revised Version
By the great force of my disease is my garment disfigured: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

Webster's Bible Translation
By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

World English Bible
By great force is my garment disfigured. It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

Young's Literal Translation
By the abundance of power, Is my clothing changed, As the mouth of my coat it doth gird me.
Study Bible
Job's Prosperity Becomes Calamity
17"At night it pierces my bones within me, And my gnawing pains take no rest. 18"By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 19"He has cast me into the mire, And I have become like dust and ashes.…
Cross References
Leviticus 21:18
For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb,

Job 2:7
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
Treasury of Scripture

By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it binds me about as the collar of my coat.

By the great

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job …

Job 7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, …

Job 19:20 My bone sticks to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with …

Psalm 38:5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

Isaiah 1:5,6 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: …

(18) My garment changed.--Some render "By His (i.e., God's) great power the garment (of my skin) is disfigured;" and others, "With great effort must my garment be changed because of the sores to which it clings? It bindeth me about as closely as the collar of my coat."

Verse 18. - By the great force of my disease is my garment changed; or, disfigured. The purulent discharge from his ulcers disfigured and made filthy his garment, which stiffened as the discharge dried, and clung to his frame. It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat. The whole garment clung to his body as closely as it is usual for a mall's collar, or "neck-hole" (Professor Lee), to cling about his throat. By the great force of my disease is my garment changed,.... Either the colour of it, through the purulent matter from his ulcers running down upon it, or penetrating through it; or by reason of it he was obliged to shift himself, and to have a change of raiment very frequently; or the supplement, "of my disease", may be left out, and the sense be, with great force, through main strength, and with much difficulty, his garment was changed, was got off from him, sticking so close to him, and another put on:

it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat; his disease encompassed him about on all sides as the collar or edge of his coat encompassed his neck, and cleaved as close, and was as tight unto him as that, and threatened him perhaps with a suffocation or strangling; see Job 7:15; the allusion is to garments used in the eastern countries, which were only open at top and bottom; at the top there was a hole to put the head through when put on, and a binding about it, and a button to it, or some such thing, which kept it tight about the neck; see Exodus 28:32. 18. of my disease—rather, "of God" (Job 23:6).

garment changed—from a robe of honor to one of mourning, literally (Job 2:8; Joh 3:6) and metaphorically [Umbreit]. Or rather, as Schuttens, following up Job 30:17, My outer garment is changed into affliction; that is, affliction has become my outer garment; it also bindeth me fast round (my throat) as the collar of the inner coat; that is, it is both my inner and outer garment. Observe the distinction between the inner and outer garments. The latter refers to his afflictions from without (Job 30:1-13); the former his personal afflictions (Job 30:14-23). Umbreit makes "God" subject to "bindeth," as in Job 30:19.30:15-31 Job complains a great deal. Harbouring hard thoughts of God was the sin which did, at this time, most easily beset Job. When inward temptations join with outward calamities, the soul is hurried as in a tempest, and is filled with confusion. But woe be to those who really have God for an enemy! Compared with the awful state of ungodly men, what are all outward, or even inward temporal afflictions? There is something with which Job comforts himself, yet it is but a little. He foresees that death will be the end of all his troubles. God's wrath might bring him to death; but his soul would be safe and happy in the world of spirits. If none pity us, yet our God, who corrects, pities us, even as a father pitieth his own children. And let us look more to the things of eternity: then the believer will cease from mourning, and joyfully praise redeeming love.
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