Job 6:2
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New International Version
"If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!

New Living Translation
"If my misery could be weighed and my troubles be put on the scales,

English Standard Version
“Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!

King James Bible
Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it in the scales.

International Standard Version
"If only my grief could be weighed; or my calamity piled together on a balance scale!

NET Bible
"Oh, if only my grief could be weighed, and my misfortune laid on the scales too!

New Heart English Bible
"Oh that my anguish were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If only my grief could be weighed, if only my misery could be laid on the scales with it,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And my calamity laid in the balances altogether!

New American Standard 1977
“Oh that my vexation were actually weighed,
            And laid in the balances together with my iniquity!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh that my grief and calamity were justly weighed and laid equally in the balances!

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

American King James Version
Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

American Standard Version
Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And all my calamity laid in the balances!

Douay-Rheims Bible
O that my sins, whereby I have deserved wrath, and the calamity that I suffer, were weighed in a balance.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!

English Revised Version
Oh that my vexation were but weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

World English Bible
"Oh that my anguish were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!

Young's Literal Translation
O that my provocation were thoroughly weighed, And my calamity in balances They would lift up together!
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
1Then Job answered, 2"Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity! 3"For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.…
Cross References
Job 6:1
Then Job answered,

Job 23:2
"Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

Job 31:6
Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.
Treasury of Scripture

Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

throughly.

Job 4:5 But now it is come on you, and you faint; it touches you, and you are troubled.

Job 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

laid. Heb. lifted up.

Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed,.... Or, "in weighing weighed" (u), most nicely and exactly weighed; that is, his grievous affliction, which caused so much grief of heart, and which had been shown in words and gestures; or his "wrath" and "anger" (w), as others render it: not his anger against Eliphaz, as Sephorno, but as before, meaning the same thing, his affliction; which either, as he understood, was the fruit and effect of the wrath and anger of God, who treated him as an enemy; or rather, that wrath, anger, and resentment raised in his own mind by those afflictive providences, and which broke out in hot and passionate expressions, and for which he was blamed as a foolish man, Job 5:2; or else the "complaint" (x), the groans and moans he made under them; or the "impatience" (y) he was charged with in bearing of them; and now he wishes, and suggests, that if they were well weighed and considered by kind and judicious persons, men of moderation and temper, a great allowance would be made for them, and they would easily be excused; that is, if, together with his expressions of grief, anger, and impatience, his great afflictions, the cause of them, were but looked into, and carefully examined, as follows:

and my calamity laid in the balances together! that is, his affliction, which had a being, as the word signifies, as Aben Ezra observes, was not through the prepossessions of fear as before, nor merely in fancy as in many, or as exaggerated, and made greater than it is, which is often the case; but what was real and true, and matter of fact; it was what befell him, had happened to him, not by chance, but by the appointment and providence of God; and includes all his misfortunes, the loss of his cattle, servants, and children, and of his own health; and now to be added to them, the unkindness of his friends; and his desire is, that these might be taken up, and put together in the scales, and being put there, that the balances might be lifted up at once, and the true weight of them taken; and the meaning is, either that all his excessive grief, and passionate words, and extravagant and unwarrantable impatience, as they were judged, might be put into one scale, and all his afflictions in another, and then it would be seen which were heaviest, and what reason there was for the former, and what little reason there was to blame him on that account; or however, he might be excused, and not be bore hard upon, as he was; to this sense his words incline in Job 23:2; or else by his grief and calamity he means the same thing, his grievous afflictions, which he would have put together in a pair of balances, and weighed against anything that was ever so heavy, and then they would appear to be as is expressed in Job 6:3; Job by all this seems desirous to have his case thoroughly canvassed, and his conduct thoroughly examined into, and to be well weighed and pondered in the scale of right reason and sound judgment, by men of equal and impartial characters; but he tacitly suggests that his friends were not such, and therefore wishes that some third person, or other persons, would undertake this affair.

(u) "librando, libraretur", Cocceius, Schultens. (w) "ira mea", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius, Schmidt, &c. so the Targum and Sept. (x) "Querela mea", Vatablus, Mercerus. (y) "Impatientia", Belgae, Castalio. 2. throughly weighed—Oh, that instead of censuring my complaints when thou oughtest rather to have sympathized with me, thou wouldst accurately compare my sorrow, and my misfortunes; these latter "outweigh in the balance" the former.6:1-7 Job still justifies himself in his complaints. In addition to outward troubles, the inward sense of God's wrath took away all his courage and resolution. The feeling sense of the wrath of God is harder to bear than any outward afflictions. What then did the Saviour endure in the garden and on the cross, when he bare our sins, and his soul was made a sacrifice to Divine justice for us! Whatever burden of affliction, in body or estate, God is pleased to lay upon us, we may well submit to it as long as he continues to us the use of our reason, and the peace of our conscience; but if either of these is disturbed, our case is very pitiable. Job reflects upon his friends for their censures. He complains he had nothing offered for his relief, but what was in itself tasteless, loathsome, and burdensome.
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