Job 30:31
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New International Version
My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

New Living Translation
My harp plays sad music, and my flute accompanies those who weep.

English Standard Version
My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep.

King James Bible
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My lyre is used for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.

International Standard Version
But my harp is in mourning; my flute plays only songs for those who are weeping." Job Asserts His Moral Innocence

NET Bible
My harp is used for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So my lyre is used for mourning and my flute for loud weeping.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore my harp is turned to mourning,
            And my flute to the sound of those who weep.



Jubilee Bible 2000
My harp is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those that weep.

King James 2000 Bible
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my flute into the voice of them that weep.

American King James Version
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

American Standard Version
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My harp is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those that weep.

Darby Bible Translation
My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of weepers.

English Revised Version
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

Webster's Bible Translation
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

World English Bible
Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.

Young's Literal Translation
And my harp doth become mourning, And my organ the sound of weeping.

(31) My harp also is turned to mourning.--Or, Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of them that weep. The musical instruments here named, like those of Genesis 4:21, are respectively the stringed and wind instruments.

Verse 31. - My harp also is turned to mourning. The result of all is that Job's harp is laid aside, either literally or figuratively. Its music is replaced by the sound of mourning (see vers. 28, 29). And my organ (or rather, my pipe) into the voice of them that weep. The pipe also is no longer sounded in his presence; he hears only the voice of weeping and lamentation. Thus appropriately ends the long dirge in which he has bewailed his miserable fare.



My harp also is turned to mourning,.... Which he used, as David, either in religious worship, expressing praise to God thereby, or for his recreation in an innocent way; but now it was laid aside, and, instead of it, nothing was heard from him, or in his house, but the voice of mourning:

and my organ into the voice of them that weep; another instrument of music, which had its name from the pleasantness of its sound, and was of early use, being first invented by Jubal, Genesis 4:21; but not that we now so call, which is of late invention: those instruments which Job might have and use, both in a civil and in a religious way, were now, through afflictions, become useless to him, and neglected by him; or these expressions in general may signify, that, instead of mirth and joy he was wont to have, there were nothing now to be heard but lamentation and woe; see Lamentations 5:15. 31. organ—rather, "pipe" (Job 21:12). "My joy is turned into the voice of weeping" (La 5:15). These instruments are properly appropriated to joy (Isa 30:29, 32), which makes their use now in sorrow the sadder by contrast. 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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