Job 6:30
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New International Version
Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?

New Living Translation
Do you think I am lying? Don't I know the difference between right and wrong?

English Standard Version
Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?

New American Standard Bible
"Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern calamities?

King James Bible
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is there injustice on my tongue or can my palate not taste disaster?

International Standard Version
Have I said anything that's unjust? I can discern evil, can't I?"

NET Bible
Is there any falsehood on my lips? Can my mouth not discern evil things?

New Heart English Bible
Is there injustice on my tongue? Can't my taste discern mischievous things?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Is there injustice on my tongue, or is my mouth unable to tell the difference between right and wrong?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern crafty devices?

New American Standard 1977
“Is there injustice on my tongue?
            Cannot my palate discern calamities?



Jubilee Bible 2000
If there is iniquity in my tongue or if my taste cannot discern the torments.

King James 2000 Bible
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

American King James Version
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

American Standard Version
Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you shall not And iniquity in my tongue, neither shall folly sound in my mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
Is there wrong in my tongue? cannot my taste discern mischievous things?

English Revised Version
Is there injustice on my tongue? cannot my taste discern mischievous things?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

World English Bible
Is there injustice on my tongue? Can't my taste discern mischievous things?

Young's Literal Translation
Is there in my tongue perverseness? Discerneth not my palate desirable things?

Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
29"Desist now, let there be no injustice; Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it. 30"Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern calamities?
Cross References
Genesis 37:33
Then he examined it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!"

Job 12:11
"Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?
Treasury of Scripture

Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

iniquity.

Job 33:8-12 Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice …

Job 42:3-6 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I …

cannot.

Job 6:6 Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any …

Job 12:11 Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Job 34:3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age…

taste. Heb. palate.

(30) Is there iniquity?--Or, injustice in my tongue? Is my taste so perverted that it cannot perceive what is perverse? "Ye appear to think that I am wholly incapable of judging my own cause because it is my own; but if ye will only condescend to return in due course, ye shall find that I know what is right as well as you, and that there is no more vicious reasoning in me than there is with you, and probably less." It is difficult to draw out the argument of Job in the logical form of our Western thought, and to trace the line of connection running through it. If we look at it in detail--as we must in order to explain it--then we are apt to look at it piecemeal, and miss the thread; but in point of fact it is just this very thread which it is so difficult to detect and retain from one chapter to another.

Verse 30. - Is there iniquity in my tongue? (see ver. 26). Job now justifies his words, which previously he had admitted to have been "rash" (ver. 3). Perhaps he intends to distinguish between rashness and actual wickedness. Cannot my taste discern perverse things? i.e. I see no perversity or wickedness in what I have said. If there were any, I think I should discern it The reasoning is somewhat dangerous, since men are not infallible judges, not being unprejudiced judges, in their own case. Job's ultimate verdict on himself is that he has "uttered that which he understood not" (Job 42:3) - wherefore he "abhors himself, and repents in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6).



Is there iniquity in my tongue?.... Meaning in his words; either those which he uttered when he cursed the day on which he was born, or in charging his friends with unkindness and falsehood; otherwise the tongue is a world of iniquity, and the best of men are apt to offend both God and men in word:

cannot my taste discern perverse things? which is to be understood not of his natural taste, which very probably through his disease might be greatly vitiated, and incapable of relishing his food as in time of health, and of distinguishing good from bad; but of his intellectual taste, or of his sense and reason, his rational and spiritual taste; he had his senses exercised to discern good and evil; he could distinguish between right and wrong that was said or done, either by himself or others; be had the use of his rational powers and faculties, and therefore not to be treated as a mad or distracted man, but as one capable of carrying on a conversation, of opening his true case, and defending himself; see Job 12:11. 30. Will you say that my guilt lies in the organ of speech, and will you call it to account? or, Is it that my taste (palate) or discernment is not capable to form a judgment of perverse things? Is it thus you will explain the fact of my having no consciousness of guilt? [Umbreit]. 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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