Job 6:27
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New International Version
You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.

New Living Translation
You would even send an orphan into slavery or sell a friend.

English Standard Version
You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend.

New American Standard Bible
"You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend.

King James Bible
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

Christian Standard Bible
No doubt you would cast lots for a fatherless child and negotiate a price to sell your friend.

Contemporary English Version
Why, you would sell an orphan or your own neighbor!

Good News Translation
You would even roll dice for orphan slaves and make yourselves rich off your closest friends!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No doubt you would cast lots for a fatherless child and negotiate a price to sell your friend.

International Standard Version
Indeed, you would gamble to buy an orphan; and barter to buy your friend!

NET Bible
Yes, you would gamble for the fatherless, and auction off your friend.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Would you also throw dice for an orphan? Would you buy and sell your friend?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless, And dig a pit for your friend.

New American Standard 1977
“You would even cast lots for the orphans, And barter over your friend.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye also overwhelm the fatherless and dig a pit before your friend.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.

American King James Version
Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.

American Standard Version
Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You rush in upon the fatherless, and you endeavour to overthrow your friend.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and dig [a pit] for your friend.

English Revised Version
Yea, ye would cast lots upon the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

World English Bible
Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend.

Young's Literal Translation
Anger on the fatherless ye cause to fall, And are strange to your friend.
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
26"Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind? 27"You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend. 28"Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face.…
Cross References
2 Peter 2:3
In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with tales they have concocted. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.

Job 22:9
"You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.

Job 24:3
"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Job 24:9
"Others snatch the orphan from the breast, And against the poor they take a pledge.

Joel 3:3
"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.

Nahum 3:10
Yet she became an exile, She went into captivity; Also her small children were dashed to pieces At the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, And all her great men were bound with fetters.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.

overwhelm. Heb. cause to fall upon. the fatherless.

Job 22:9 You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have …

Job 24:3,9 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's …

Job 29:12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Job 31:17,21 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless has not …

Exodus 22:22-24 You shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child…

Psalm 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Proverbs 23:10,11 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless…

Ezekiel 22:7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To …

ye dig.

Psalm 7:15 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they …

Jeremiah 18:20,22 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my …

(27) Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless.--Rather, probably, Ye would cast lots upon the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend. This is more

in accordance with the language, and preserves the parallelism.

Verse 27. - Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless; rather, on the fatherless would ye east lots (comp. Joel 3:3; Obadiah 1:11; Nahum 3:10). Job means to say they are so pitiless that they would cast lots for the children of an insolvent debtor condemned to become slaves at his death (see 2 Kings 4:1; Nehemiah 5:5). And ye dig a pit for your friend; or, ye would make merchandise of your friend as in the Revised Version. Job does not speak of what his friends had done, but of what he deems them capable of doing. Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless,.... Meaning himself; who was like a fatherless child, stripped of all his mercies, of his children, his substance, and his health; and was in a most miserable, helpless, and forlorn condition; and, moreover, deprived of the gracious presence and visible protection of his heavenly Father, being given up for a while into the hands of Satan; and now it was unkind and barbarous to overwhelm such a man, who was overwhelmed with overmuch sorrow already: or, "ye cause to fall upon the fatherless"; either their wrath and anger, as the Targum and many others (d) instead of doing him justice; or a wall, or any such thing, to crush him, as Aben Ezra; or a lot, as Simeon bar Tzemach; see Joel 3:3; or rather a net, or a snare to entrap him in, seeking to entangle him in talk, so Mr. Broughton, which agrees with what follows:

and ye dig a pit for your friend; contrive mischief against him; sought to bring him to ruin; and which is aggravated by his having been their old friend, with whom they lived in strict friendship, and had professed much unto, and still pretended to have respect for; the allusion is to digging of pits for the catching of wild beasts: some render it, "ye feast upon your friend" (e); so the word is used in 2 Kings 6:23; this sense is taken notice of by Aben Ezra and Bar Tzemach; and then the meaning is, you rejoice at the misery of your friend; you mock him and that, and insult him in his distress, with which the Septuagint version agrees; which was cruel usage.

(d) "iram", Vatablus, Mercerus, Cocceius; so Jarchi and Sephorno. (e) "epulamini", Piscator; so Beza, Gussetius. 27. literally, "ye cause" (supply, "your anger") [Umbreit], a net, namely, of sophistry [Noyes and Schuttens], to fall upon the desolate (one bereft of help, like the fatherless orphan);

and ye dig (a pit) for your friend—that is, try to ensnare him, to catch him in the use of unguarded language [Noyes]. (Ps 57:6); metaphor from hunters catching wild beasts in a pit covered with brushwood to conceal it. Umbreit from the Syriac, and answering to his interpretation of the first clause, has, "Would you be indignant against your friend?" The Hebrew in Job 41:6, means to "feast upon." As the first clause asks, "Would you catch him in a net?" so this follows up the image, "And would you next feast upon him, and his miseries?" So the Septuagint.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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