Job 30:21
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New International Version
You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.

New Living Translation
You have become cruel toward me. You use your power to persecute me.

English Standard Version
You have turned cruel to me; with the might of your hand you persecute me.

New American Standard Bible
"You have become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You persecute me.

King James Bible
Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have turned against me with cruelty; You harass me with Your strong hand.

International Standard Version
You changed toward me, and now you're cruel to me; with your mighty hand you are persecuting me;

NET Bible
You have become cruel to me; with the strength of your hand you attack me.

New Heart English Bible
You have turned to be cruel to me. With the might of your hand you persecute me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have begun to treat me cruelly. With your mighty hand you assault me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou art turned to be cruel to me; With the might of Thy hand Thou hatest me.

New American Standard 1977
“Thou hast become cruel to me;
            With the might of Thy hand Thou dost persecute me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou art become cruel to me; with the strength of thy hand thou dost hate me.

King James 2000 Bible
You have become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself against me.

American King James Version
You are become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself against me.

American Standard Version
Thou art turned to be cruel to me; With the might of thy hand thou persecutest me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou art changed to be cruel toward me, and in the hardness of thy hand thou art against me.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou art changed to a cruel one to me; with the strength of thy hand thou pursuest me.

English Revised Version
Thou art turned to be cruel to me: with the might of thy hand thou persecutest me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

World English Bible
You have turned to be cruel to me. With the might of your hand you persecute me.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou art turned to be fierce to me, With the strength of Thy hand, Thou oppressest me.
Study Bible
Job's Prosperity Becomes Calamity
20"I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me. 21"You have become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You persecute me. 22"You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride; And You dissolve me in a storm.…
Cross References
Job 10:3
'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 16:9
"His anger has torn me and hunted me down, He has gnashed at me with His teeth; My adversary glares at me.

Job 16:14
"He breaks through me with breach after breach; He runs at me like a warrior.

Job 19:6
Know then that God has wronged me And has closed His net around me.

Job 19:22
"Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job 32:2
But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God.

Jeremiah 30:14
All your lovers have forgotten you, They do not seek you; For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, With the punishment of a cruel one, Because your iniquity is great And your sins are numerous.
Treasury of Scripture

You are become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself against me.

become cruel. Heb. turned to be cruel

Job 7:20,21 I have sinned; what shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? why …

Job 10:14-17 If I sin, then you mark me, and you will not acquit me from my iniquity…

Job 13:25-28 Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble…

Job 16:9-14 He tears me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes on me with his …

Job 19:6-9 Know now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net…

Psalm 77:7-9 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more…

Jeremiah 30:14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they seek you not; for I have …

thy strong hand. Heb. the strength of thy hand

Job 6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose …

Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put …

Psalm 89:13 You have a mighty arm: strong is your hand, and high is your right hand.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he …

Verse 21. - Thou art become cruel to me; literally, thou art turned to be cruel to me. In other words, "Thou art changed to me, and art become cruel to me." Job never forgets that for long years God was gracious and kind to him, "made him and fashioned him together round about," "clothed him with skin and flesh, and fenced him with bones and sinews," "granted him life and favour, and by his visitation preserved his spirit" (Job 10:9-12); but the recollection brings, perhaps, as much of pain. as of pleasure with it. One of our poets says -

"Joy's recollection is no longer joy;
But sorrow's memory is a sorrow still."
At any rate, the contrast between past joy and present suffering adds a pang to the latter. With thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me; literally, with the might of thy hand dost thou persecute me (see the Revised Version). "Haec noster irreverentius" (Schultens); comp. ch. 19:6-13. Thou art become cruel to me,.... Or "turned", or "changed" (g), to be cruel to me. Job suggests that God had been kind and gracious to him, both in a way of providence, and in showing special love and favour to him, in a very distinguishing manner; but now he intimates his affections were changed and altered, and these were alienated from him, and his love was turned into an hatred of him; this is one of the unbecoming expressions which dropped from his lips concerning God; for the love of God to his people is never changed; it remains invariable and unalterable, in all dispensations, in every state and condition into which they come; there may be some of God's dispensations towards them, which may have the appearance of severity in them; and he may make use of instruments to chastise them, which may use them cruelly; but even then his heart yearns towards them, and, being full of compassion, delivers out of their hands, and saves them, Jeremiah 30:14;

with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me; God has a strong hand and arm, and none like him, and sometimes he puts forth the strength of it, and exerts his mighty power in afflicting his people, and his hand presses them sore, and they can scarcely stand up under it; and then it becomes them to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and patiently bear it; and sometimes they take him to be their adversary, an enemy unto them, and filled with hatred of them, indignation against them, setting himself with all his might and main to ruin and destroy them; and this is a sad case indeed, to have such apprehensions of God, though unjust ones; for, as if God be for us, who shall be against us? so if he be against us, it signifies little who is for us; for there is no contending with him, Job 9:3.

(g) "mutatus es", V. L. Tigurine version; "versus es", Beza, Piscator; so Drusius, Cocceius, Vatablus, Michaelis, Mercerus, Schultens. 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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