Job 6:25
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English Standard Version
How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?

King James Bible
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

American Standard Version
How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what doth it reprove?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me?

English Revised Version
How forcible are words of uprightness! but what doth your arguing reprove?

Webster's Bible Translation
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 The paths of their course are turned about,

They go up in the waste and perish.

19 The travelling bands of Tma looked for them,

The caravans of Saba hoped for them;

20 They were disappointed on account of their trust,

They came thus far, and were red with shame.

As the text is pointed, ארחות, Job 6:18, are the paths of the torrents. Hitz., Ew., and Schlottm., however, correct ארחות, caravans, which Hahn even thinks may be understood without correction, since he translates: the caravans of their way are turned about (which is intended to mean: aside from the way that they are pursuing), march into the desert and perish (i.e., because the streams on which they reckoned are dried up). So, in reality, all modern commentators understand it; but is it likely that the poet would let the caravans perish in Job 6:18, and in Job 6:19. still live? With this explanation, Job 6:19. drag along tautologically, and the feebler figure follows the stronger. Therefore we explain as follows: the mountain streams, נחלים, flow off in shallow serpentine brooks, and the shallow waters completely evaporate by the heat of the sun. בתּהוּ עלה signifies to go up into nothing (comp. Isaiah 40:23), after the analogy of בעשׁן כּלה, to pass away in smoke. Thus e.g., also Mercier: in auras abeunt, in nihilum rediguntur. What next happens is related as a history, Job 6:19., hence the praett. Job compares his friends to the wady swollen by ice and snow water, and even to the travelling bands themselves languishing for water. He thirsts for friendly solace, but the seeming comfort which his friends utter is only as the scattered meandering waters in which the mountain brook leaks out. The sing. בּטח individualizes; it is unnecessary with Olsh. to read בּטחוּ.

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forcible.

Job 4:4 Your words have upheld him that was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees.

Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief.

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning...

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Ecclesiastes 12:10,11 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth...

what doth.

Job 13:5 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Job 16:3,4 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer...

Job 21:34 How then comfort you me in vain, seeing in your answers there remains falsehood?

Job 24:25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

Cross References
Job 6:24
"Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.

Job 6:26
Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?

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