Job 16:22
New International Version
"Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.

New Living Translation
For soon I must go down that road from which I will never return.

English Standard Version
For when a few years have come I shall go the way from which I shall not return.

Berean Study Bible
For when only a few years are past I will go the way of no return.

New American Standard Bible
"For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

King James Bible
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Christian Standard Bible
For only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.

Contemporary English Version
Because in only a few years, I will be dead and gone.

Good News Translation
My years are passing now, and I walk the road of no return.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.

International Standard Version
For when only a few years have elapsed, I'll start down a path from which I'll never return."

NET Bible
For the years that lie ahead are few, and then I will go on the way of no return.

New Heart English Bible
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because in a few short years I will take the path of no return.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the years that are few are coming on, And I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

New American Standard 1977
“For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the counted years are come, then I shall go the way from which I shall not return.

King James 2000 Bible
When a few years have come, then I shall go the way where I shall not return.

American King James Version
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

American Standard Version
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Oh that a man might plead before the Lord, even as the son of man with his neighbor! [23] But my years are numbered and their end come, and I shall go by the way by which I shall not return.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold short years pass away and I am walking in a path by which l shall not return.

Darby Bible Translation
For years [few] in number shall pass, -- and I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.

English Revised Version
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Webster's Bible Translation
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

World English Bible
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way of no return.

Young's Literal Translation
When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.
Study Bible
Job Decries his Comforters
21Oh, that a man might plead with God as he pleads with his neighbor! 22For when only a few years are past I will go the way of no return.
Cross References
Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 10:21
before I go--never to return--to a land of darkness and gloom,

Job 16:21
Oh, that a man might plead with God as he pleads with his neighbor!

Treasury of Scripture

When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall not return.

a few years.

Job 14:5,14
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; …

whence

Job 7:9,10
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more

Job 14:10
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

Ecclesiastes 12:5
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:







Lexicon
For when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

only a few
מִסְפָּ֣ר (mis·pār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

years
שְׁנ֣וֹת (šə·nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8141: A year

are past
יֶאֱתָ֑יוּ (ye·’ĕ·ṯā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 857: To arrive

I will go
אֶהֱלֹֽךְ׃ (’e·hĕ·lōḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

the way
וְאֹ֖רַח (wə·’ō·raḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

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

return.
אָשׁ֣וּב (’ā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again
(22) When a few years are come.--Literally, years of number, which means either "years than can be easily numbered," as men of number (Genesis 34:20) is used to express few men; or "years that are numbered," that is, allotted, determined. It is strange to find Job speaking, in his condition, of years, but so, for that matter, is it to find a man so sorely tormented as he was indulging in so long an argument. Perhaps this shows us that the narrative of Job is intended to be an ideal only, setting forth the low estate of sin-stricken humanity: this is only thrown out as a suggestion, no weight is assigned to it more than it may chance to claim. Perhaps, however, these words are spoken by Job in contemplation of his condition as a dying man, even had he not been so afflicted.

Verse 22. - When a few years are come; literally, a number of years, which generally means a small number. I shall go the way whence I shall not return. This verse would more fitly begin the following chapter, which opens in a similar strain, with an anticipation of the near approach of death



16:17-22 Job's condition was very deplorable; but he had the testimony of his conscience for him, that he never allowed himself in any gross sin. No one was ever more ready to acknowledge sins of infirmity. Eliphaz had charged him with hypocrisy in religion, but he specifies prayer, the great act of religion, and professes that in this he was pure, though not from all infirmity. He had a God to go to, who he doubted not took full notice of all his sorrows. Those who pour out tears before God, though they cannot plead for themselves, by reason of their defects, have a Friend to plead for them, even the Son of man, and on him we must ground all our hopes of acceptance with God. To die, is to go the way whence we shall not return. We must all of us, very certainly, and very shortly, go this journey. Should not then the Saviour be precious to our souls? And ought we not to be ready to obey and to suffer for his sake? If our consciences are sprinkled with his atoning blood, and testify that we are not living in sin or hypocrisy, when we go the way whence we shall not return, it will be a release from prison, and an entrance into everlasting happiness.
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