Job 6:16
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New International Version
when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,

New Living Translation
when it is swollen with ice and melting snow.

English Standard Version
which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself.

New American Standard Bible
Which are turbid because of ice And into which the snow melts.

King James Bible
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and become darkened because of ice, and the snow melts into them.

International Standard Version
Filled with waters made cold by ice, they are where the snow goes to hide.

NET Bible
They are dark because of ice; snow is piled up over them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are dark with ice. They are hidden by snow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
which was hidden by ice and covered by snow.

King James 2000 Bible
Which are black by reason of the ice, and in which the snow is hid:

American King James Version
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

American Standard Version
Which are black by reason of the ice, And wherein the snow hideth itself:

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that fear the hoary frost, the snow shall fall upon them.

Darby Bible Translation
Which are turbid by reason of the ice, in which the snow hideth itself:

English Revised Version
Which are black by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow hideth itself:

Webster's Bible Translation
Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and in which the snow is hid:

World English Bible
Which are black by reason of the ice, in which the snow hides itself.

Young's Literal Translation
That are black because of ice, By them doth snow hide itself.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:14-30 In his prosperity Job formed great expectations from his friends, but now was disappointed. This he compares to the failing of brooks in summer. Those who rest their expectations on the creature, will find it fail when it should help them; whereas those who make God their confidence, have help in the time of need, Heb 4:16. Those who make gold their hope, sooner or later will be ashamed of it, and of their confidence in it. It is our wisdom to cease from man. Let us put all our confidence in the Rock of ages, not in broken reeds; in the Fountain of life, not in broken cisterns. The application is very close; for now ye are nothing. It were well for us, if we had always such convictions of the vanity of the creature, as we have had, or shall have, on a sick-bed, a death-bed, or in trouble of conscience. Job upbraids his friends with their hard usage. Though in want, he desired no more from them than a good look and a good word. It often happens that, even when we expect little from man, we have less; but from God, even when we expect much, we have more. Though Job differed from them, yet he was ready to yield as soon as it was made to appear that he was in error. Though Job had been in fault, yet they ought not to have given him such hard usage. His righteousness he holds fast, and will not let it go. He felt that there had not been such iniquity in him as they supposed. But it is best to commit our characters to Him who keeps our souls; in the great day every upright believer shall have praise of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Which are blackish by reason of the ice. Job seems to have seen wadys where, in the winter-time, the water was actually frozen into hard black ice. This scarcely occurs now in the countries bordering on Palestine; but may have occurred in the region where Job dwelt, formerly. "Dark, turbid water" can scarcely be intended. And wherein the snow is hid. Some suppose melted snow to be meant; but the deep wadies in the Hauran and elsewhere would easily conceal snowdrifts.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which are blackish by reason of the ice,.... When frozen over, they look of a blackish colour, and is what is called a black frost; and these either describe Job and his domestics, as some (h) think whom Eliphaz and his two friends compared to the above streams water passed away from, or passed by and neglected, and showed no friendship to; who were in black, mournful and rueful circumstances, through the severe hand of God upon them. The word is rendered, "those which mourn", Job 5:11; or rather the friends of Job compared to foul and troubled waters frozen over which cannot be so well discerned, or which were black through being frozen, and which describes the inward frame of their minds the foulness of their spirits the blackness of their hearts, though they outwardly appeared otherwise, as follows:

and wherein the snow is hid; or "on whom the snow" falling, and lying on heaps, "hides" (i), or covers; so Job's friends, according to this account, were, though black within as a black frost yet white without as snow; they appeared, in their looks and words at first as candid, kind, and generous, but proved the reverse.

(h) So Michaelis. (i) "super quibus accumulatur nix", Beza, "tegit se, q. d. multa nive teguntur", Drusius; "the frost is hidden by the snow", so Sephorno; or rather "the black and frozen waters".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. blackish—literally, "Go as a mourner in black clothing" (Ps 34:14). A vivid and poetic image to picture the stream turbid and black with melted ice and snow, descending from the mountains into the valley. In the [second] clause, the snow dissolved is, in the poet's view, "hid" in the flood [Umbreit].

Job 6:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
15"My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi, Like the torrents of wadis which vanish, 16Which are turbid because of ice And into which the snow melts. 17"When they become waterless, they are silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their place.…
Cross References
Job 6:15
But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow

Job 6:17
but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.

Job 24:19
As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow, so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.
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