|New International Version (©2011)|
Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
New Living Translation (©2007)
Job, you deserve the maximum penalty for the wicked way you have talked.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Would that Job were tried to the end, because he answers like wicked men.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
'Job ought to be tried to the limit, Because he answers like wicked men.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
If only Job were tested to the limit, because his answers are like those of wicked men.
International Standard Version (©2012)
Oh, how Job needs to be given a full court trial, as a rebuke to those who practice evil,
NET Bible (©2006)
But Job will be tested to the end, because his answers are like those of wicked men.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
"My Father, let Job be thoroughly tested for giving answers like wicked people do.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because he answers like wicked men.
American King James Version
My desire is that Job may be tried to the end because of his answers for wicked men.
American Standard Version
Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like wicked men.
My father, let Job be tried even to the end : cease not from the man of iniquity.
Darby Bible Translation
Would that Job may be tried unto the end, because of his answers after the manner of evil men!
English Revised Version
Would that Job were tried unto the end, because of his answering like wicked men.
Webster's Bible Translation
My desire is that Job may be tried to the end, because of his answers for wicked men.
World English Bible
I wish that Job were tried to the end, because of his answering like wicked men.
Young's Literal Translation
My Father! let Job be tried -- unto victory, Because of answers for men of iniquity,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
34:31-37 When we reprove for what is amiss, we must direct to what is good. Job's friends would have had him own himself a wicked man. Let will only oblige him to own that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. Let us, in giving reproof, not make a matter worse than it is. Elihu directs Job to humble himself before God for his sins, and to accept the punishment. Also to pray to God to discover his sins to him. A good man is willing to know the worst of himself; particularly, under affliction, he desires to be told wherefore God contends with him. It is not enough to be sorry for our sins, but we must go and sin no more. And if we are affectionate children, we shall love to speak with our Father, and to tell him all our mind. Elihu reasons with Job concerning his discontent under affliction. We are ready to think every thing that concerns us should be just as we would have it; but it is not reasonable to expect this. Elihu asks whether there was not sin and folly in what Job said. God is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works, Ps 145:17. The believer saith, Let my Saviour, my wise and loving Lord, choose every thing for me. I am sure that will be wisest, and the best for his glory and my good.
Verse 36. - My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end; literally, Would that Job were tested to the uttermost! - "tested'" i.e., as gold is tested, by the touchstone, and "to the uttermost," so that there should be no doubt as to the result. Elihu had his wish. Job was tried as severely as possible, and the issue was pronounced by God himself. "Ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath" (ch. 42:8, Revised Version). Because of his answers for wicked men; rather, after the manner of wicked men (comp. above, vers. 5, 6, 9.). This was the view which Elihu took of Job's rash words.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end,.... This is my opinion, or what "I bring in" (o) adduce, and lay before you, men of understanding and wisdom, and leave it with you to consider of. Some render it, "O my Father, let Job be tried", &c. as if it was an apostrophe to God, and a request to him; so Mr. Broughton, who adds,
"which art in heaven,''
and the same is added by some Jewish interpreters (p), as there are others (q) of them which go this way, and also several Christian commentators (r); and of late (s) it has been urged, from this and other passages, that Elihu was Christ, who here addresses God as his father: but this is his New Testament title; and though God is the father of all men by creation, and of saints by adoption, yet this relation and title are not so frequently claimed under the former dispensation, or however not so early as the times of Job, but are more peculiar to the Gospel dispensation, under which saints receive "not the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the Spirit of adoption, whereby they cry, Abba, Father", Romans 8:15; wherefore admitting this version, rather some grave venerable person, as Eliphaz (t), senior to Elihu, who was a young man, is addressed under this title; or the whole circle of Job's friends now about him, all elder than Elihu, may be intended; "father" for "fathers", the singular for the plural, see Acts 7:2; and what he proposes is, that they should make it their joint request at the throne of grace, that Job's afflictions be still continued; that he might be thoroughly tried by them, and be purged from all his dross, he not appearing yet to be thoroughly sensible of his sinful speeches, and humbled for them; and therefore it was proper he should be still corrected and chastened to the end, or unto victory, as Mr. Broughton, or until victory was obtained, and he was obliged to yield, and cry "peccavi": but since afflictions are things not joyous but grievous, and it does not seem so agreeable to a good man, kind and humane, to desire the continuance of the afflictions of another, though palliated with a plausible for his good; it seems better to understand this as a motion made to the understanding part of the company by Elihu, that the words of Job, which he had spoken without knowledge and wisdom, might be taken under strict examination by them, and thoroughly scanned, that it might be better known what was proper to be said more to him for his conviction;
because of his answers for wicked men; or concerning or relative to such answers which he had made, which were like to those which wicked men make; who charge the ways of God with inequality and want of equity, ask where is the God of judgment? or which serve the cause of the wicked, and which furnish them with arguments, prepare them for them, and put them into their mouths, to argue against God and his providential dealings with men, and against all religion. See Job 34:8.
(o) "pro" "adducam", so some in Codurcus: "haec autem in medio affero", Tigurine version; "adduco", Schultens. (p) P. Abraham Peritsol, Simeon Bar Tzemach, Sephorno. (q) Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Ben Gersom. (r) Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Vatablus, Drusius, Cocceius; so V. L. (s) Hodge's Elihu. (t) So Hieron. Trad. Heb. fol. 75. I.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
36. Margin, not so well, "My father," Elihu addressing God. This title does not elsewhere occur in Job.
answers for wicked men—(See on Job 34:8). Trials of the godly are not removed until they produce the effect designed.
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