His anger hath torn, and he hateth me, He hath gnashed at me with his teeth, My adversary sharpeneth his eyes for me.
Job 16:9 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He teareth me in his wrath - Who the person is that is spoken of in this verse, and onward to the end of the fourteenth, has been a question on which commentators have greatly differed. Some think God, others Eliphaz, is intended: I think neither. Probably God permitted Satan to show himself to Job, and the horrible form which he and his demons assumed increased the misery under which Job had already suffered so much. All the expressions, from this to the end of the fourteenth verse, may be easily understood on this principle; e.g., Job 16:9 : "He (Satan) gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me." Job 16:10 : "They (demons) have gaped on me with their mouth; - they have gathered themselves together against me." Job 16:11 : "God hath delivered me to the ungodly, (עויל avil, to the Evil One), and turned me over into the hands of the wicked." He hath abandoned me to be tortured by the tempter and his host. If we consider all these expressions as referring to Job's three friends, we must, in that case, acknowledge that the figures are all strained to an insufferable height, so as not to be justified by any figure of speech.
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Job 16:9 Parallel CommentariesAdversary Anger Assails Broken Cruel Enemy Eyes Fastens Gnashed Gnashes Gnasheth Hate Hated Haters Hateth Hunted Opponent Persecuted Pursueth Sharp Sharpeneth Sharpens Teareth Tears Teeth Torn WrathAdversary Anger Assails Broken Cruel Enemy Eyes Fastens Gnashed Gnashes Gnasheth Hate Hated Haters Hateth Hunted Opponent Persecuted Pursueth Sharp Sharpeneth Sharpens Teareth Tears Teeth Torn WrathTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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