Job 7:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,

New Living Translation
"What are people, that you should make so much of us, that you should think of us so often?

English Standard Version
What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him,

New American Standard Bible
"What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,

King James Bible
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is man, that You think so highly of him and pay so much attention to him?

International Standard Version
"What is a human being, that you make so much of him; that you set your affections on him,

NET Bible
"What is mankind that you make so much of them, and that you pay attention to them?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What is a mortal that you should make so much of him, that you should be concerned about him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What is man, that Thou shouldest magnify him, And that Thou shouldest set Thy heart upon him,

New American Standard 1977
“What is man that Thou dost magnify him,
            And that Thou art concerned about him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
What is man that thou should magnify him and that thou should set thine heart upon him

King James 2000 Bible
What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart upon him?

American King James Version
What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart on him?

American Standard Version
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, And that thou shouldest set thy mind upon him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
What is a man that thou shouldst magnify him? or why dost thou set thy heart upon him?

Darby Bible Translation
What is man, that thou makest much of him? and that thou settest thy heart upon him?

English Revised Version
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him,

Webster's Bible Translation
What is man, that thou shouldst magnify him? and that thou shouldst set thy heart upon him?

World English Bible
What is man, that you should magnify him, that you should set your mind on him,

Young's Literal Translation
What is man that Thou dost magnify him? And that Thou settest unto him Thy heart?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:17-21 Job reasons with God concerning his dealings with man. But in the midst of this discourse, Job seems to have lifted up his thoughts to God with some faith and hope. Observe the concern he is in about his sins. The best men have to complain of sin; and the better they are, the more they will complain of it. God is the Preserver of our lives, and the Saviour of the souls of all that believe; but probably Job meant the Observer of men, whose eyes are upon the ways and hearts of all men. We can hide nothing from Him; let us plead guilty before his throne of grace, that we may not be condemned at his judgment-seat. Job maintained, against his friends, that he was not a hypocrite, not a wicked man, yet he owns to his God, that he had sinned. The best must so acknowledge, before the Lord. He seriously inquires how he might be at peace with God, and earnestly begs forgiveness of his sins. He means more than the removing of his outward trouble, and is earnest for the return of God's favour. Wherever the Lord removes the guilt of sin, he breaks the power of sin. To strengthen his prayer for pardon, Job pleads the prospect he had of dying quickly. If my sins be not pardoned while I live, I am lost and undone for ever. How wretched is sinful man without a knowledge of the Saviour!
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
16"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath. 17"What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him, 18That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?…
Cross References
Hebrews 2:6
But somewhere it is testified in these words: "What is man, that You are mindful of him, or the son of man, that You care for him?

Job 22:2
"Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?

Job 25:6
How much less man, that maggot, And the son of man, that worm!"

Psalm 8:4
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

Psalm 144:3
O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?
Treasury of Scripture

What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart on him?

What is man.

Psalm 8:4 What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that …

Psalm 144:3 LORD, what is man, that you take knowledge of him! or the son of …

Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you …

magnify.

Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?

1 Samuel 24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue? …

set thine.

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath…

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