Job 6:9
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New International Version
that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!

New Living Translation
I wish he would crush me. I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me.

English Standard Version
that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

New American Standard Bible
"Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!

King James Bible
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
that He would decide to crush me, to unleash His power and cut me off!

International Standard Version
that God would just be willing to crush me; that he would let loose and eliminate me!

NET Bible
And that God would be willing to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and kill me.

New Heart English Bible
even that it would please God to crush me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
that God would [finally] be willing to crush me, that he would reach out to cut me off.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even that it would please God to crush me; That He would let loose His hand, and cut me off!

New American Standard 1977
“Would that God were willing to crush me;
            That He would loose His hand and cut me off!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even that it would please God to destroy me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

King James 2000 Bible
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

American King James Version
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

American Standard Version
Even that it would please God to crush me; That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that he that hath begun may destroy me, that he may let loose his hand, and cut me off?

Darby Bible Translation
And that it would please +God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

English Revised Version
Even that it would please God to crush me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Webster's Bible Translation
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

World English Bible
even that it would please God to crush me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Young's Literal Translation
That God would please -- and bruise me, Loose His hand and cut me off!
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
8"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing! 9"Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off! 10"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.…
Cross References
Numbers 11:15
"So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness."

1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."

Job 6:8
"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!

Job 7:16
"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Job 9:21
"I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.

Job 10:1
"I loathe my own life; I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 11:20
"But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last."

Isaiah 38:12
"Like a shepherd's tent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me; As a weaver I rolled up my life. He cuts me off from the loom; From day until night You make an end of me.

Jonah 4:3
"Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life."
Treasury of Scripture

Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

that it would.

Job 3:20-22 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul…

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life…

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, …

Numbers 11:14,15 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me…

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came …

Jonah 4:3,8 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for …

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and …

that he would.

Job 19:21 Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends; for the hand …

Psalm 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned …

Isaiah 48:10-13 Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you …

(9) Even that it would please God . . .--The sequence of thought in these verses is obscure and uncertain. The speaker may mean that, notwithstanding all that might befall him, his consolation would still be that he had never denied the words of the Holy One. The words "I would harden myself in sorrow" are the most doubtful, not occurring elsewhere in Scripture. Some render the two clauses, "I would exult, or rejoice, in pain that spareth not;" but "Let him not spare," or "Though he spare not," seems preferable. Others render, "Though I burn in sorrow."

Verse 9. - Even that it would please God to destroy me; or, to crush me (Revised Version) - "to break me in pieces" (Lee). That he would let loose his hand; or, put forth his hand - stretch it out against me threateningly." And cut me off. "Cut me off bit by bit" (Lee); comp. Isaiah 38:12, where the same word is used of a weaver, who cuts the threads of his loom one by one, until the whole is liberated and comes away. Even that it would please God to destroy me,.... Not with an everlasting destruction of body and soul; for destruction from the Almighty was a terror to him, Job 31:23; but with the destruction of the body only; not with an annihilation of it, but with the dissolution of it, or of that union there was between his soul and body: the word (n) used signifies to bruise and beat to pieces; his meaning is, that his body, his house of clay in which he dwelt, might be crushed to pieces, and beat to powder, and crumbled into dust; and perhaps he may have regard to his original, the dust of the earth, and his return to it, according to the divine threatening, Genesis 3:19; a phrase expressive of death; and so Mr. Broughton renders it, "to bring me to the dust", to "the dust of death", Psalm 22:15,

that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! he had let loose his hand in some degree already; he had given his substance and his body into the hand of Satan; his own hand had touched him, but he had only gone skin deep, as it were; he had smote him in his estate, in his family, and in the outward parts of his body; but now he desires that he would stretch out his hand further, and lift it up, and give a heavier stroke, and pierce him more deeply; strike through his heart and liver, and "make an end" of him, as Mr. Broughton translates the word, and dispatch him at once; cut him off like the flower of the field by the scythe, or like a tree cut down to its root by the axe, or cut off the thread of his life, Isaiah 38:12.

(n) "me conterat", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Schmidt; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis, Schultens. 9. destroy—literally, "grind" or "crush" (Isa 3:15).

let loose his hand—God had put forth His hand only so far as to wound the surface of Job's flesh (Job 1:12; 2:6); he wishes that hand to be let loose, so as to wound deeply and vitally.

cut me off—metaphor from a weaver cutting off the web, when finished, from the thrum fastening it to the loom (Isa 38:12).6:8-13 Job had desired death as the happy end of his miseries. For this, Eliphaz had reproved him, but he asks for it again with more vehemence than before. It was very rash to speak thus of God destroying him. Who, for one hour, could endure the wrath of the Almighty, if he let loose his hand against him? Let us rather say with David, O spare me a little. Job grounds his comfort upon the testimony of his conscience, that he had been, in some degree, serviceable to the glory of God. Those who have grace in them, who have the evidence of it, and have it in exercise, have wisdom in them, which will be their help in the worst of times.
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