Job 36:16
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New International Version
"He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

New Living Translation
"God is leading you away from danger, Job, to a place free from distress. He is setting your table with the best food.

English Standard Version
He also allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no cramping, and what was set on your table was full of fatness.

New American Standard Bible
"Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress, Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint; And that which was set on your table was full of fatness.

King James Bible
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, He lured you from the jaws of distress to a spacious and unconfined place. Your table was spread with choice food.

International Standard Version
"Indeed, he drew you away from the brink of distress to a spacious place without constraints, filling your festive table with bountiful food.

NET Bible
And surely, he drew you from the mouth of distress, to a wide place, unrestricted, and to the comfort of your table filled with rich food.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, he would have allured you out of distress, into a broad place, where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Yes, he lured you away from the jaws of trouble into an open area where you were not restrained, and your table was covered with rich foods.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, He hath allured thee out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no straitness; And that which is set on thy table is full of fatness;

New American Standard 1977
“Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress,
            Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint;
            And that which was set on your table was full of fatness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Likewise, he would have removed thee out of the mouth of anguish into a broad place where there is no distress and should have set thy table full of fatness.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so would he have removed you out of the distress into a broad place, where there is no restraint; and that which should be set on your table should be full of richness.

American King James Version
Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no narrow place; and that which should be set on your table should be full of fatness.

American Standard Version
Yea, he would have allured thee out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no straitness; And that which is set on thy table would be full of fatness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore he shall set thee at large out of the narrow mouth, and which hath no foundation under it : and the rest of thy table shall be full of fatness.

Darby Bible Translation
Even so would he have allured thee out of the jaws of distress into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and the supply of thy table [would be] full of fatness.

English Revised Version
Yea, he would have led thee away out of distress into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which is set on thy table should be full of fatness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table would be full of fatness.

World English Bible
Yes, he would have allured you out of distress, into a broad place, where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.

Young's Literal Translation
And also He moved thee from a strait place, To a broad place -- no straitness under it, And the sitting beyond of thy table Hath been full of fatness.
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
15"He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression. 16"Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress, Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint; And that which was set on your table was full of fatness. 17"But you were full of judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.…
Cross References
Job 5:17
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 15:11
"Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word spoken gently with you?

Hosea 2:14
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her.
Treasury of Scripture

Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no narrow place; and that which should be set on your table should be full of fatness.

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Job 19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

Job 42:10-17 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his …

Psalm 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because …

Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set …

Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry…

Psalm 118:5 I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me …

that which should be set on thy table. Heb. the rest of thy table. full

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you …

Psalm 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; …

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth …

Isaiah 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a …

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor …

(16) Even so would he have removed thee. It is possible to understand this verse somewhat otherwise, and the sense may perhaps be improved. Elihu may be speaking, not of what God would have done, but of what He has actually done: "Yea, also He hath removed thee from the mouth of an adversary, even case and abundance in the place of which there was no straitness, and that which came down upon thy table full of fatness; but thou art full of the judgment of the wicked, therefore justice and judgment take hold on thee." "God, in His mercy, saw that thou wast in danger, and He removed the cause of temptation, and thy chastisement would have been of short duration hadst thou been submissive and resigned; but thou hast been bold and daring, like the wicked, and hast reaped the judgment of the wicked."

Verse 16. - Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad pine, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness. Another quite different interpretation has been proposed by Ewald, and adopted by Dillmann and Canon Cook, who suppose Elihu to speak, not of what would have happened to Job under certain circumstances, but of what had actually happened to him, and render, "Thee moreover hath thy unbounded prosperity seduced from listening to the voice of affliction, and the case of thy table which was full of fatness." But the rendering of the Authorized Version, which is substantially that of Schultens and Rosenmuller, is still upheld by many scholars, and has been retained by our Revisers. If we adopt it, we must understand Elihu as assuring Job that he too would have been delivered and restored to his prosperity, if he had accepted his afflictions in a proper spirits and learnt the lesson they were intended to teach him (see vers. 9, 10). Even so,.... Here Elihu accommodates what he had said to the case of Job; that had he hearkened and been obedient to the voice of God in his rod, and had submitted to his chastening hand, and patiently bore his afflictions;

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would have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness: that is, out of the strait circumstances in which he was, into liberty; would have brought him into a large place, where he might walk at liberty, as David experienced, Psalm 4:1; and may be understood both in a temporal and spiritual sense. In a temporal sense; he was now in great straits, in poverty and affliction; these pressed him hard on every side, so that his way, as he says, was "fenced up, that he could not pass", Job 19:8. Now had he been rightly humbled under his affliction, God would have taken him out of the straits of adversity, and set his feet in a large room of prosperity; see Psalm 31:7. In a spiritual sense; persons are as in a strait place and pent up, when they cannot come forth in the free exercise of grace and duty; their souls are as it were in prison, they are shut up, and have not freedom with God nor man; their faith is ready to fail, their hope is sunk very low, they are straitened in their own bowels or affections, in their love to God and his people: and then they are removed into a large place, when it is the reverse with them; when they are favoured with the free spirit of the Lord, for where he is there is liberty; and when their hearts are enlarged with the love of God, and in the exercise of grace; and then they can run cheerfully the ways of his commandments;

and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness; which in a temporal sense denotes, that he should have had a plentiful table, spread with the best of provisions, the richest dainties, the finest of the wheat, and the fattest of the creatures; and these should rest and remain upon his table, or be constantly renewed there: and in a spiritual sense, that his soul should have been satisfied with the love of God, shed abroad in his heart; with the blessings of the everlasting covenant of grace applied unto him; and with the goodness of the house of God, his word and ordinances, as with marrow and fatness; see Psalm 63:5. 16. Rather, "He will lead forth thee also out of the jaws of a strait" (Ps 18:19; 118:5).

broad place—expresses the liberty, and the well-supplied "table" the abundance of the prosperous (Ps 23:5; Isa 25:6).36:15-23 Elihu shows that Job caused the continuance of his own trouble. He cautions him not to persist in frowardness. Even good men need to be kept to their duty by the fear of God's wrath; the wisest and best have enough in them to deserve his stroke. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. And let us never dare to think favourably of sin, never indulge it, nor allow ourselves in it. Elihu thinks Job needed this caution, he having chosen rather to gratify his pride and humour by contending with God, than to mortify them by submitting, and accepting the punishment. It is absurd for us to think to teach Him who is himself the Fountain of light, truth, knowledge, and instruction. He teaches by the Bible, and that is the best book; teaches by his Son, and he is the best Master. He is just in all proceedings.
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