Job 36:21
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New International Version
Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

New Living Translation
Be on guard! Turn back from evil, for God sent this suffering to keep you from a life of evil.

English Standard Version
Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.

New American Standard Bible
"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.

King James Bible
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity, for that is why you have been tested by affliction.

International Standard Version
Be careful! Don't turn to evil, because of this you will be tried by more than affliction.

NET Bible
Take heed, do not turn to evil, for because of this you have been tested by affliction.

New Heart English Bible
Take heed, do not regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be careful! Don't turn to evil, because you have chosen evil instead of suffering.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take heed, regard not iniquity; For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

New American Standard 1977
“Be careful, do not turn to evil;
            For you have preferred this to affliction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take heed, do not regard iniquity, to choose it rather than poverty.

King James 2000 Bible
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

American King James Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

American Standard Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware thou turn not aside to iniquity : for this thou hast begun to follow after misery.

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed, turn not to iniquity; for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

English Revised Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

World English Bible
Take heed, don't regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

Young's Literal Translation
Take heed -- do not turn unto iniquity, For on this thou hast fixed Rather than on affliction.
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
20"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place. 21"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction. 22"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:25
He chose to suffer oppression with God's people rather than to experience the fleeting enjoyment of sin.

Job 36:8
"And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction,

Job 36:10
"He opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they return from evil.

Job 36:15
"He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD.

Psalm 66:18
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;
Treasury of Scripture

Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

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Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore speak to them, and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; …

Matthew 5:29,30 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you…

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Job 34:7-9 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water…

Job 35:3 For you said, What advantage will it be to you? and, What profit …

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O …

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

Matthew 13:21 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when …

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Acts 5:40,41 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and …

Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than …

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well …

1 Peter 4:15,16 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an …

(21) Regard not iniquity.--Or, perhaps, the special sin of longing for death, for thou hast desired to die rather than bear thine affliction. Alas! Job's case is not a solitary one, for who that has been tried as he was has not longed for the end?

Verse 21. - Take heed, regard not iniquity; i.e. be on thy guard. Whilst thou art careful to preserve thy integrity and faith in God, do not fall into sin in other respects - as by impatient desires, or proud thoughts, or rash accusations of God. For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. Rather than acquiesce in thy afflictions and bear them patiently, thou hast elected to murmur, to complain, to question the justice of God, and speak overboldly concerning him. There is some ground for Elihu's condemnation; but it is excessive; it fails to make allowance for the extremity of Job's sufferings, and the disturbing influence of extreme suffering on the mind and judgment. It is, at any rate, more severe than God's judgment upon his servant (Job 38:2; Job 42:7). Take heed, regard not iniquity,.... Not any iniquity, as to show any approbation of it, love for it, and desire after it. All appearance of sin, of every sin, is to be abstained from; but particularly by the iniquity here meant may be the sin of impatience under his affliction; murmuring at the dealings of God with him; arraigning his justice, and saying very indecent things of him, as in Job 34:5. Or it may mean the evil he had been guilty of in so earnestly desiring the night of death:

for this thou hast chosen rather than affliction; chose rather to die than to be afflicted as he was; or chose rather to complain of God, as if he dealt hardly with him, and did not do justly by him, than to submit patiently to the will of God, as he, ought to have done: or this he chose "through affliction" (d); through the force of it, because of it, and by means thereof; and so is a sort of excuse that Elihu makes for him; though at the same time he would have him by no means to regard such iniquity, and indulge to it.

(d) "prae afflictione", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "prae miseria ex adflictione", Michaelis. 21. regard—literally, "turn thyself to."

iniquity—namely, presumptuous speaking against God (Job 34:5, and above, see on [540]Job 36:17, 18).

rather than—to bear "affliction" with pious patience. Men think it an alleviation to complain against God, but this is adding sin to sorrow; it is sin, not sorrow, which can really hurt us (contrast Heb 11:25).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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