Job 7:19
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New International Version
Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?

New Living Translation
Why won't you leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow!

English Standard Version
How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?

New American Standard Bible
"Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?

King James Bible
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will You ever look away from me, or leave me alone long enough to swallow?

International Standard Version
Why won't you look away from me? Why don't you leave me alone so I can swallow my saliva?

NET Bible
Will you never look away from me, will you not let me alone long enough to swallow my spittle?

New Heart English Bible
How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why don't you stop looking at me long enough to let me swallow my spit?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How long wilt Thou not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

New American Standard 1977
“Wilt Thou never turn Thy gaze away from me,
            Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For how long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone until I swallow down my spittle?

King James 2000 Bible
How long will you not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

American King James Version
How long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

American Standard Version
How long wilt thou not look away from me, Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long wilt thou not spare me, nor suffer me to swallow down my spittle?

Darby Bible Translation
How long wilt thou not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

English Revised Version
How long wilt thou not look away from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

Webster's Bible Translation
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow my spittle?

World English Bible
How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?

Young's Literal Translation
How long dost Thou not look from me? Thou dost not desist till I swallow my spittle.
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
18That You examine him every morning And try him every moment? 19"Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle? 20"Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?…
Cross References
Job 9:18
"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

Job 10:20
"Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer

Job 14:6
"Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.

Psalm 39:13
"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."
Treasury of Scripture

How long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

How long.

Job 9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

Psalm 6:3 My soul is also sore vexed: but you, O LORD, how long?

Psalm 13:1-3 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 94:3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

(19) Till I swallow down my spittle.--This is doubtless a proverbial expression, like "the twinkling of an eye," or "while I fetch a breath."

Verse 19. - How long wilt thou not depart from me? rather, Wilt thou not look away from me? (see the Revised Version). Job does not go so far as to ask that God should "depart from" him. He knows, doubtless, that that would be the extreme of calamity. But he would have God sometimes turn away his eyes from him, and not always regard him so intently. There is something of the same tone of complaint in the psalmist's utterance., "Thou art about my path, and about my bed, and spiest out all my ways" (Psalm 139:3, Prayer-book Version). Nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? Even, i.e., for the shortest space of time passible. A proverbial expression. How long wilt thou not depart from me,.... From wrestling and contending with him, and afflicting of him; the Lord was too hard a combatant for job, and therefore he chose to be rid of him, and was impatient of it; or "look off from me" (u); so Mr. Broughton renders it, "how long wilt thou not look from me?" this is to be understood not of a look of love, which Job would never have desired to have averted from him; but a frowning and angry look, such as the Lord put on in this dispensation of his providence towards him; the allusion may be to that sharp and constant look, which antagonists in wrestling have upon each other while conflicting together, and so the metaphor before used is still carried on:

nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? some think Job has reference to his disease which affected his throat, that being so dried up, or having a quinsy in it, that he could not swallow his spittle, or it was with great difficulty he did it; or rather it is a proverbial expression, signifying that his afflictions were incessant, that he had no respite nor intermission, had not space enough given him to swallow down his spittle, or take his breath, as in Job 9:18; so Schultens observes, that with the Arabians this was a proverbial form of speech, when they required time for anything, "give me time to swallow my spittle"; or when they had not proper time, or any intermission, used to say, "you will not give me time to swallow my spittle"; and one being asked a multitude of questions, replied, "suffer me to swallow my spittle", that is, give me time to make an answer: or the sense is, that his antagonist in wrestling with him held him so fast, and kept him so close to it, and so twisted him about, and gave him fall upon fall, so that he had no time to swallow his spittle; or he so collared him, and gripped him, and almost throttled him, that he could not swallow it down; all which intends how closely and incessantly Job was followed with one affliction upon another, and how severe and distressing they were to him.

(u) "respicis a me?" Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Schmidt, Michaelis; "avertis oculum a me?" Schultens. 19. How long (like a jealous keeper) wilt thou never take thine eyes off (so the Hebrew for "depart from") me? Nor let me alone for a brief respite (literally, "so long as I take to swallow my spittle"), an Arabic proverb, like our, "till I draw my breath."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!
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