I have sinned, what do I to Thee, O watcher of man? Why hast Thou set me for a mark to Thee, And I am for a burden to myself -- and what?
Job 7:20 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I have sinned; what shall I do - Dr. Kennicott contends that these words are spoken to Eliphaz, and not to God, and would paraphrase them thus: "You say I must have been a sinner. What then? I have not sinned against thee, O thou spy upon mankind! Why hast thou set up me as a butt or mark to shoot at? Why am I become a burden unto thee? Why not rather overlook my transgression, and pass by mine iniquity? I am now sinking to the dust! To-morrow, perhaps, I shall be sought in vain!" See his vindication of Job at the end of these notes on this book. Others consider the address as made to God. Taken in this light, the sense is plain enough. Those who suppose that the address is made to God, translate the Job 7:20 thus: "Be it that I have sinned, what injury can I do unto thee, O thou Observer of man? Why hast thou set me up as a mark for thee, and why am I made a burden to thee?" The Septuagint is thus: Ει εγω ἡμαρτον, τι δυνησομαι πραξαι, ὁ επισταμενος τον νουν των ανθρωπων; If I have sinned, what can I do, O thou who knowest the mind of men? Thou knowest that it is impossible for me to make any restitution. I cannot blot out my offenses; but whether I have sinned so as to bring all these calamities upon me, thou knowest, who searchest the hearts of men.
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I have sinned.
Job 9:29-31 If I be wicked, why then labor I in vain...
Job 13:26 For you write bitter things against me, and make me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
Job 14:16 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?
Job 22:5 Is not your wickedness great? and your iniquities infinite?
Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:
Job 33:9,27 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me...
Psalm 80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?
O thou preserver.
Nehemiah 9:6 You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth...
Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains; your judgments are a great deep: O LORD, you preserve man and beast.
Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?
Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...
Job 16:12-14 I was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark...
Psalm 21:12 Therefore shall you make them turn their back, when you shall make ready your arrows on your strings against the face of them.
Lamentations 3:12 He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
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