Job 35:9
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New International Version
"People cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.

New Living Translation
"People cry out when they are oppressed. They groan beneath the power of the mighty.

English Standard Version
“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.

New American Standard Bible
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.

King James Bible
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
People cry out because of severe oppression; they shout for help because of the arm of the mighty.

International Standard Version
"They cry out because they have many oppressors; they cry for help because the powerful are abusing them.

NET Bible
"People cry out because of the excess of oppression; they cry out for help because of the power of the mighty.

New Heart English Bible
"By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out. They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The weight of oppression makes them cry out. The power of mighty people makes them call for help.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

New American Standard 1977
“Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
            They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By reason of the great violence they shall call out; they cry out because of the strength of the many.

King James 2000 Bible
Because of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out because of the arm of the mighty.

American King James Version
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

American Standard Version
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they shall cry out : and shall wail for the violence of the arm of tyrants.

Darby Bible Translation
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry; they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty:

English Revised Version
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; they cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

Webster's Bible Translation
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

World English Bible
"By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out. They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of the multitude of oppressions They cause to cry out, They cry because of the arm of the mighty.
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
8"Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man. 9"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty. 10"But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,…
Cross References
Exodus 2:23
Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.

Exodus 22:23
"If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;

Deuteronomy 24:15
"You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.

Job 12:19
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.

Job 20:19
"For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has seized a house which he has not built.

Job 34:28
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--

Job 35:8
"Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man.

Ecclesiastes 4:1
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

Hosea 7:14
And they do not cry to Me from their heart When they wail on their beds; For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves, They turn away from Me.
Treasury of Scripture

By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

they make

Job 24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries …

Job 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he hears …

Exodus 2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: …

Exodus 3:7,9 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people …

Nehemiah 5:1-5 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 43:2 For you are the God of my strength: why do you cast me off? why go …

Psalm 55:2,3 Attend to me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise…

Psalm 56:1,2 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting …

Luke 18:3-7 And there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, …

the arm

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

Psalm 10:15 Break you the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness …

(9) By reason of the multitude of oppressions.--The argument seems to be that among men there may be oppression, but not with an almighty and just Judge. The right course, therefore, is to wait. "Men may, indeed, complain because of the oppression of an earthly tyrant; but how canst thou say thou beholdest Him not?" (See Job 9:9.)

Verses 9-14. - Job had made it a frequent subject of complaint that God did not hear, or at any rate did not answer, his prayers and cries for relief. Elihu answers that Job's case is not exceptional. Those who cry out against oppression and suffering frequently receive no answer, but it is because they "ask amiss." Job should have patience and trust. Verse 9. - By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry; rather, by reason of the multitude of oppressions, men cry out. It is not Job only who cries to God. Oppressors are numerous; the oppressed are numerous; everywhere there are complaints and outcries. They cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. The oppressors are, for the most part, the mighty of the earth - kings, princes, nobles (see Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 3:14, 15; Hosea 5:10; Amos 4:1, etc.). By reason of the multitude of oppressions, they make the oppressed to cry,.... Which is either an illustration by an instance of what is before said, that wickedness hurts men, as particularly oppression does, which makes then cry; or this refers to something new, to another complaint of Job, or an undue expression of his. Elihu undertakes to answer; that men cry unto God, as he himself had, but are not heard and answered; the place or places referred to may be Job 24:12. To which Elihu replies, by granting that men oppressed cry because of their oppression, and are not heard; for which reasons may be given, as in the following verses. The poor are often oppressed by the rich, whose wealth gives them power, and that they abuse; and the weak and feeble by the mighty; and their oppressions are many, there is a multitude of them: men in power and authority have various ways of oppressing others, who like the Israelites cry by reason of them, and are made to cry by their oppressors;

they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty; which falls with weight, and lies heavy upon them, and crushes them; meaning the power they have, and which they abuse to the injury of them; nor are they able to help themselves or deliver themselves out of their hands, they being mighty, if not in body, yet through wealth; and by means of that authority over them which gives it them: now on account of the pressure upon them, they cry, not to God, but to men: and if they cry to God, it is in a murmuring and complaining way, through impatience under their burden, through envy at the riches and power of others, in a passionate manner, in a revengeful spirit, calling and seeking for vengeance on their oppressors; not in an humble penitent manner, acknowledging their sins, and owning their unworthiness to be heard and regarded, and submitting all to the will of God: for which reasons they are not heard, their cries and, prayers being reckoned no other than howlings, Hosea 7:14. 9. (Ec 4:1.) Elihu states in Job's words (Job 24. 12; 30. 20) the difficulty; the "cries" of "the oppressed" not being heard might lead man to think that wrongs are not punished by Him.35:9-13 Job complained that God did not regard the cries of the oppressed against their oppressors. This he knew not how to reconcile the justice of God and his government. Elihu solves the difficulty. Men do not notice the mercies they enjoy in and under their afflictions, nor are thankful for them, therefore they cannot expect that God should deliver them out of affliction. He gives songs in the night; when our condition is dark and melancholy, there is that in God's providence and promise, which is sufficient to support us, and to enable us even to rejoice in tribulation. When we only pore upon our afflictions, and neglect the consolations of God which are treasured up for us, it is just in God to reject our prayers. Even the things that will kill the body, cannot hurt the soul. If we cry to God for the removal of an affliction, and it is not removed, the reason is, not because the Lord's hand is shortened, or his ear heavy; but because we are not sufficiently humbled.
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