Job 9:18
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New International Version
He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.

New Living Translation
He will not let me catch my breath, but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.

English Standard Version
he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

New American Standard Bible
"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

King James Bible
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He doesn't let me catch my breath but soaks me with bitter experiences.

International Standard Version
He won't let me catch my breath; instead, he fills me with bitterness.

NET Bible
He does not allow me to recover my breath, for he fills me with bitterness.

New Heart English Bible
He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He would not let me catch my breath. He fills me with bitterness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That would not suffer me to take my breath, But fill me with bitterness.

New American Standard 1977
“He will not allow me to get my breath,
            But saturates me with bitterness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He will not suffer me to take my breath but has filled me with bitterness.

King James 2000 Bible
He will not permit me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

American King James Version
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

American Standard Version
He will not suffer me to take my breath, But filleth me with bitterness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He alloweth not my spirit to rest, and he filleth me with bitterness.

Darby Bible Translation
He suffereth me not to take my breath, for he filleth me with bitternesses.

English Revised Version
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

Webster's Bible Translation
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

World English Bible
He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

Young's Literal Translation
He permitteth me not to refresh my spirit, But filleth me with bitter things.
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
17"For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause. 18"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness. 19"If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?…
Cross References
Job 7:19
"Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?

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

Job 13:26
"For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

Job 27:2
"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,
Treasury of Scripture

He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

will not

Job 7:19 How long will you not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow …

Psalm 39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Psalm 88:7,15-18 Your wrath lies hard on me, and you have afflicted me with all your …

Lamentations 3:3,18 Surely against me is he turned; he turns his hand against me all the day…

filleth me

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

Lamentations 3:15,19 He has filled me with bitterness, he has made me drunken with wormwood…

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous…

(18) Take my breath.--The action being that of breathing again after complete exhaustion--recovering breath and the power to breathe, &c. "If I say I am perfect, it also shall prove me perverse by the very act of saying so; because for man to maintain his righteousness before God is at once to proclaim his iniquity. The finite cannot come into competition with the Infinite, nor measure itself therewith."

Verse 18. - He will not suffer me to take my breath. "He gives me no breathing-space," that is, "no time of relaxation or refreshment. My existence is one continual. misery." (comp. Job 7:3-6, 13-19). But filleth me with bitterness; literally, with bitter things or bitterness (Hebrew, מַמְּר ורִים). He will not suffer me to take my breath,.... Which some think refers to Job's disease, which was either an asthma, or a quinsy in his throat, which occasioned great difficulty in breathing: I should rather think the allusion is to the hot burning winds in those countries before mentioned, which sometimes blew so strongly as almost to take away a man's breath; so the above traveller (u) reports, that between Suez and Cairo (in Egypt) they had for a day's time and more so hot a wind, that they were forced to turn their backs to it, to take a little breath. The design of Job is to show, that his afflictions were continued, and were without any intervals; they were repeated so fast, and came so thick upon him, one after another, that he had no breathing time; the import of the phrase is the same with that in Job 7:19,

but filleth me with bitterness; to the full, to satiety, to loathing, as a man may be with a bitter potion, with wormwood drink, and water of gall, with bitter afflictions comparable to such, whereby Job's life was embittered to him, see Jeremiah 9:15.

(u) Travels. par. 1. B. 2. c. 34. p. 177. 9:14-21 Job is still righteous in his own eyes, ch. 32:1, and this answer, though it sets forth the power and majesty of God, implies that the question between the afflicted and the Lord of providence, is a question of might, and not of right; and we begin to discover the evil fruits of pride and of a self-righteous spirit. Job begins to manifest a disposition to condemn God, that he may justify himself, for which he is afterwards reproved. Still Job knew so much of himself, that he durst not stand a trial. If we say, We have no sin, we not only deceive ourselves, but we affront God; for we sin in saying so, and give the lie to the Scripture. But Job reflected on God's goodness and justice in saying his affliction was without cause.
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