Job 12:4
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English Standard Version
I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.

King James Bible
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

American Standard Version
I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is mocked by his friends as I, shall call upon God and he will hear him: for the simplicity of the just man is laughed to scorn.

English Revised Version
I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour, a man that called upon God, and he answered him: the just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am as one mocked by his neighbor, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is derided.

Job 12:4 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

16 For thou shalt forget thy grief,

Shalt remember it as waters that flow by.

17 And thy path of life shall be brighter than mid-day;

If it be dark, it shall become as morning.

18 And thou shalt take courage, for now there is hope;

And thou shalt search, thou shalt lie down in safety.

19 And thou liest down without any one making thee afraid;

And many shall caress thy cheeks.

20 But the eyes of the wicked languish,

And refuge vanisheth from them,

And their hope is the breathing forth of the soul.

The grief that has been surmounted will then leave no trace in the memory, like water that flows by (not: water that flows away, as Olshausen explains it, which would be differently expressed; comp. Job 20:28 with 2 Samuel 14:14). It is not necessary to change אתּה כּי into עתּה כּי (Hirzel); אתה, as in Job 11:13, strengthens the force of the application of this conclusion of his speech. Life (חלד, from חלד to glide away, slip, i.e., pass away unnoticed,

(Note: Vid., Hupfeld on Psalm 17:14, and on the other hand Bttcher, infer. 275 s., who, taking חלד in the sense of rooting into, translates: "the mildew springs up more brilliant than mid-day." But whatever judgment one may form of the primary idea of חלד, this meaning of חלד is too imaginary.)

as αἰών, both life-time, Psalm 39:6, and the world, Psalm 49:2, here in the former sense), at the end of which thou thoughtest thou wert already, and which seemed to thee to run on into dismal darkness, shall be restored to thee (יקום with Munach on the ult. as Job 31:14, not on the penult.) brighter than noon-day (מן, more than, i.e., here: brighter than, as e.g., Micah 7:4, more thorny than); and be it ever so dark, it shall become like morning. Such must be the interpretation of תּעפה. It cannot be a substantive, for it has the accent on the penult.; as a substantive it must have been pointed תּעוּפה (after the form תּקוּדה, תּקוּמה, and the like). It is one of the few examples of the paragogic strengthened voluntative in the third pers., like Psalm 20:4; Isaiah 5:19

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Job 12:4 Parallel Commentaries

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one mocked

Job 11:3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

Job 16:10 They have gaped on me with their mouth; they have smitten me on the cheek reproachfully...

Job 17:2,6 Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation...

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Job 30:1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

Psalm 22:7,8 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying...

Psalm 35:16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed on me with their teeth.

Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him...

Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

calleth

Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to God.

Psalm 91:15 He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

the just

Proverbs 14:2 He that walks in his uprightness fears the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despises him.

Mark 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he takes the father and the mother of the damsel...

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear you again of this matter.

Cross References
Matthew 9:24
he said, "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him.

Job 6:29
Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake.

Job 9:21
I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life.

Job 12:5
In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip.

Job 13:18
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.

Job 17:2
Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation.

Job 17:6
"He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.

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