Job 10:15
New International Version
If I am guilty--woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.

New Living Translation
If I am guilty, too bad for me; and even if I’m innocent, I can’t hold my head high, because I am filled with shame and misery.

English Standard Version
If I am guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on my affliction.

Berean Study Bible
If I am guilty, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift my head. I am full of shame and aware of my affliction.

King James Bible
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

New King James Version
If I am wicked, woe to me; Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am full of disgrace; See my misery!

New American Standard Bible
‘If I am wicked, woe to me! But if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am full of shame, and conscious of my misery.

NASB 1995
If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.

NASB 1977
‘If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.

Amplified Bible
‘If I am wicked, woe to me [for judgment comes]! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. For I am sated and filled with disgrace and the sight of my misery.

Christian Standard Bible
If I am wicked, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am filled with shame and have drunk deeply of my affliction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I am wicked, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am filled with shame and aware of my affliction.

American Standard Version
If I be wicked, woe unto me; And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head; Being filled with ignominy, And looking upon mine affliction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I have sinned, woe to me! And if I am justified, I shall not lift my head. I am filled with disgrace and I have seen affliction!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Or if I should be ungodly, woe is me: and if I should be righteous, I cannot lift myself up, for I am full of dishonour.

Contemporary English Version
Guilty or innocent, I am condemned and ashamed because of my troubles.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if I be wicked, woe unto me: and if just, I shall not lift up my head, being filled with affliction and misery.

English Revised Version
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head; being filled with ignominy and looking upon mine affliction.

Good News Translation
As soon as I sin, I'm in trouble with you, but when I do right, I get no credit. I am miserable and covered with shame.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How terrible it will be for me if I'm guilty! Even if I'm righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am filled with disgrace while I look on my misery.

International Standard Version
"'Woe to me if I'm guilty! If I'm innocent, I cannot lift my head, because I am filled with disgrace. Look at my affliction!

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I be wicked, woe unto me; And if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head-- Being filled with ignominy And looking upon mine affliction.

Literal Standard Version
If I have done wickedly—woe to me, "" And righteously—I do not lift up my head, "" Full of shame—then see my affliction,

NET Bible
If I am guilty, woe to me, and if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head; I am full of shame, and satiated with my affliction.

New Heart English Bible
If I am wicked, woe to me. If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head, being filled with disgrace, and conscious of my affliction.

World English Bible
If I am wicked, woe to me. If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head, being filled with disgrace, and conscious of my affliction.

Young's Literal Translation
If I have done wickedly -- woe to me, And righteously -- I lift not up my head, Full of shame -- then see my affliction,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Plea to God
14If I sinned, You would take note, and would not acquit me of my iniquity. 15If I am guilty, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift my head. I am full of shame and aware of my affliction. 16Should I hold my head high, You would hunt me like a lion, and again display Your power against me.…

Cross References
Job 6:29
Reconsider; do not be unjust. Reconsider, for my righteousness is at stake.

Job 9:15
For even if I were right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

Job 10:7
though You know that I am not guilty, and there is no deliverance from Your hand?

Psalm 83:16
Cover their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O LORD.

Isaiah 3:11
Woe to the wicked; disaster is upon them! For they will be repaid with what their hands have done.


Treasury of Scripture

If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see you my affliction;

If I be wicked

Job 10:7
Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

Job 9:29
If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

Job 27:7
Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.

righteous

Job 9:12,15,20,21
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? …

Isaiah 64:5,6
Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved…

Luke 17:10
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

I am full

Job 21:6
Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.

Job 23:15
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

see

Exodus 3:7
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

Psalm 25:18
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

Psalm 119:153
RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.









Verse 15. - If I be wicked, woe unto me! If, on the whole, this record of my sins be such that I am pronounced guilty before God, then I accept my doom. Woe unto me! I must submit to suffer. And if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. If, on the contrary, it be admitted that I have not sinned so grievously as to be pronounced unrighteous, even then I will not beast; I will not exalt myself; I will not hold up my head as if I were sinless. I am full of confusion. This clause should not be separated from the last. The sense runs on: "I will not lift up my head (being, as I am), full of confusion," or "of shame," through consciousness of my own imperfections (see the Revised Version). Therefore see thou mine affliction; rather, and seeing my afflictions. The sense given in the Authorized Version is maintained by Rosenmuller, De Wette, Stanley Leathes, and Merx, and defended by Canon Cook; but opposed by Schultens, Professor Lee, and our Revisers. If we accept the views of these last, the whole passage will run thus: "If I be [pronounced] wicked, woe unto reel but if righteous, yet will I not lift up my head, being [as I am] full of confusion, and seeing my afflictions." Job still views his afflictions as signs of God's disfavour, and therefore proofs of his sinfulness.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I am guilty,
רָשַׁ֡עְתִּי (rā·ša‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7561: To be, wrong, to disturb, violate

woe
אַלְלַ֬י (’al·lay)
Interjection
Strong's 480: Alas! woe!

to me!
לִ֗י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

And even if I am righteous,
וְ֭צָדַקְתִּי (wə·ṣā·ḏaq·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6663: To be just or righteous

I cannot
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

lift
אֶשָּׂ֣א (’eś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

my head.
רֹאשִׁ֑י (rō·šî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7218: The head

[I am] full
שְׂבַ֥ע (śə·ḇa‘)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7646: To be sated, satisfied or surfeited

of shame
קָ֝ל֗וֹן (qā·lō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7036: Disgrace, the pudenda

and aware of
וּרְאֵ֥ה (ū·rə·’êh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

my affliction.
עָנְיִֽי׃ (‘ā·nə·yî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6040: Affliction, poverty


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