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

New Living Translation
Why should I put myself in mortal danger and take my life in my own hands?

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?

New King James Version
Why do 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?

A Faithful Version
Why do 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?

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).
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