Job 13:14
New International Version
Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?

New Living Translation
Yes, I will take my life in my hands and say what I really think.

English Standard Version
Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hand?

Berean Study Bible
Why do I put myself at risk and take my life in my own hands?

New American Standard Bible
"Why should I take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hands?

King James Bible
Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

Christian Standard Bible
I will put myself at risk and take my life in my own hands.

Contemporary English Version
I will be responsible for what happens to me.

Good News Translation
I am ready to risk my life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do I put myself at risk and take my life in my own hands?

International Standard Version
Why shouldn't I bite my flesh or take my life in my hands?

NET Bible
Why do I put myself in peril, and take my life in my hands?

New Heart English Bible
Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am biting off more than I can chew and taking my life in my own hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore? I will take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand.

New American Standard 1977
“Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hands?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why shall I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in the palm of my hand?

King James 2000 Bible
Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

American King James Version
Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

American Standard Version
Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
while I may take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why do I tear my flesh with my teeth, and carry my soul in my hands?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

English Revised Version
Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

World English Bible
Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth? And my soul put in my hand?
Study Bible
Job Reproves His Friends
13Be silent, and I will speak. Then let come to me what may. 14Why do I put myself at risk and take my life in my own hands? 15Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. I will still defend my ways to His face.…
Cross References
Judges 12:3
When I saw that you would not deliver me, I risked my life and crossed over to the Ammonites, and the LORD delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come today to fight against me?"

1 Samuel 28:21
When the woman came to Saul and saw how distraught he was, she said to him, "Look, your maidservant has obeyed your voice. I took my life in my hands and did as you told me.

Psalm 119:109
I constantly take my life in my hands, yet I do not forget Your law.

Treasury of Scripture

Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?

I take

Job 18:4
He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

Isaiah 9:20
And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:

and put

Judges 12:3
And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

1 Samuel 19:5
For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

1 Samuel 28:21
And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.







Lexicon
Why
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

do I put myself
בְשָׂרִ֣י (ḇə·śā·rî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man

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

and take
אָשִׂ֥ים (’ā·śîm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

my life
וְ֝נַפְשִׁ֗י (wə·nap̄·šî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

in my own hands?
בְּכַפִּֽי׃ (bə·ḵap·pî)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan
(14) Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth.--This is probably the meaning of this verse, which, however, should not be read interrogatively: "At all risks, come what come may, I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand."

Verses 14-28. - The appeal is now to God; but Job prefaces it by excusing his boldness (vers. 14-19). Verse 14. - Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth! An obscure phrase, to be explained by the parallel in the second member of the verse. The general meaning is, "Why do I jeopardize everything - my body, taking it as it were between my teeth; and my soul, taking it as it were in my hand?" Neither idea will bear minute analysis; but the latter, at any rate, was known to the Greeks (Athen., 'Deipnosoph.,' p. 569), and is common in English. And put my life in my hand (comp. Judges 12:3; 1 Samuel 19:5; 1 Samuel 28:21; Psalm 119:109). 13:13-22 Job resolved to cleave to the testimony his own conscience gave of his uprightness. He depended upon God for justification and salvation, the two great things we hope for through Christ. Temporal salvation he little expected, but of his eternal salvation he was very confident; that God would not only be his Saviour to make him happy, but his salvation, in the sight and enjoyment of whom he should be happy. He knew himself not to be a hypocrite, and concluded that he should not be rejected. We should be well pleased with God as a Friend, even when he seems against us as an enemy. We must believe that all shall work for good to us, even when all seems to make against us. We must cleave to God, yea, though we cannot for the present find comfort in him. In a dying hour, we must derive from him living comforts; and this is to trust in him, though he slay us.
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