Job 6:19
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New International Version
The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.

New Living Translation
The caravans from Tema search for this water; the travelers from Sheba hope to find it.

English Standard Version
The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope.

New American Standard Bible
"The caravans of Tema looked, The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.

King James Bible
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The caravans of Tema look for these streams. The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them.

International Standard Version
Travelers from Tema search intently; caravans from Sheba hope to find them.

NET Bible
The caravans of Tema looked intently for these streams; the traveling merchants of Sheba hoped for them.

New Heart English Bible
The caravans of Tema looked. The companies of Sheba waited for them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Caravans from Tema look for them. Travelers from Sheba search for them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them--

New American Standard 1977
“The caravans of Tema looked,
            The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The travelers of Tema looked; the traveling companies of Sheba waited for them.

King James 2000 Bible
The caravans of Tema looked, the travelers of Sheba waited for them.

American King James Version
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

American Standard Version
The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Consider the paths of Thema, the ways of Saba, and wait a little while.

Darby Bible Translation
The caravans of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba counted on them:

English Revised Version
The caravans of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

Webster's Bible Translation
The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

World English Bible
The caravans of Tema looked. The companies of Sheba waited for them.

Young's Literal Translation
Passengers of Tema looked expectingly, Travellers of Sheba hoped for them.
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
18"The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish. 19"The caravans of Tema looked, The travelers of Sheba hoped for them. 20"They were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.…
Cross References
Genesis 25:15
Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah.

Job 1:15
and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you."

Job 2:11
Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.

Job 6:18
"The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.

Psalm 72:10
Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

Isaiah 21:14
Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread.

Jeremiah 25:23
and Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who cut the corners of their hair;
Treasury of Scripture

The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

Tema.

Genesis 25:15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

Isaiah 21:14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was …

Jeremiah 25:23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners,

Sheba.

Genesis 10:7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, …

Genesis 25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, …

1 Kings 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning …

Psalm 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the …

Ezekiel 27:22,23 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were your merchants: they …

(19) The troops of Tema.--Frst says of Tema that it was a tract in the north of the Arabian Desert, on the borders of the Syrian one, where traffic was carried on from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean by caravans (Isaiah 21:14; Jeremiah 25:23; Job 6:19). Sheba, as understood here, was probably a district on the Arabian Gulf (see Job 1:15), where merchants trafficked with the distant cities of the East, as well as enriched themselves with the plunder of their neighbours, as in Job 1:15.

Verse 19. - The troops of Tema looked. The Tema were an Arab tribe descended from Ishmael (Genesis 25:15). They are generally conjoined with Dedan (Isaiah 21:13, 14; Jeremiah 25:23), another Arab tribe, noted for carry-lug on a caravan trade. Both tribes probably wandered, and occupied at different periods different portions of the desert. The name, Tema, may linger in the modern city and district of Tayma on the confines of Syria, and upon the pilgrim-route between Damascus and Mecca. The "troops of Tema" probably looked for the "caravans" of ver. 18 to arrive in their country; but they looked in vain. The desert had swallowed them up. The companies of Sheba waited for them. (On "Sheba," see the comment upon Job 1:15.) The troops of Tema looked,.... A city in Arabia, so called from Tema a son of Ishmael, Genesis 25:15; these troops or companies were travelling ones, either that travelled to Tema, or that went from thence to other places for merchandise, see Isaiah 21:13; these, as they passed along in their caravans, as the Turks their successors now do, looked at those places where in the wintertime they observed large waters frozen over, and covered with snow, and expected to have been supplied from thence in the summer season, for the extinguishing of their thirst:

the companies of Sheba waited for them: another people in Arabia, which went in companies through the deserts, where being in great want of water for their refreshment, waited patiently till they came to those places, where they hoped to find water to relieve them, which they had before marked in the wintertime. 19. the troops—that is, "caravans."

Tema—north of Arabia-Deserta, near the Syrian desert; called from Tema son of Ishmael (Ge 25:15; Isa 21:14; Jer 25:23), still so called by the Arabs. Job 6:19, 20 give another picture of the mortification of disappointed hopes, namely, those of the caravans on the direct road, anxiously awaiting the return of their companions from the distant valley. The mention of the locality whence the caravans came gives living reality to the picture.

Sheba—refers here not to the marauders in North Arabia-Deserta (Job 1:15), but to the merchants (Eze 27:22) in the south, in Arabia-Felix or Yemen, "afar off" (Jer 6:20; Mt 12:42; Ge 10:28). Caravans are first mentioned in Ge 37:25; men needed to travel thus in companies across the desert, for defense against the roving robbers and for mutual accommodation.

The companies … waited for them—cannot refer to the caravans who had gone in quest of the waters; for Job 6:18 describes their utter destruction.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.
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