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.

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

New King James Version
For when a few years are finished, I shall 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.

NASB 1995
“For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

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

Amplified Bible
“For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the number of his years are coming, and he goes the way without return!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But my years are numbered and their end come, and I shall go by the way by which I shall not return.

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

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

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

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because in a few short years I will take the path 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."

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

Literal Standard Version
When a few years come, Then I go [on] the path of no 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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:









(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



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

return.
אָשׁ֣וּב (’ā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again


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