Job 16:3
New International Version
Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing?

New Living Translation
Won't you ever stop blowing hot air? What makes you keep on talking?

English Standard Version
Shall windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

Berean Study Bible
Is there no end to your long-winded speeches? What provokes you to continue testifying?

New American Standard Bible
"Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

King James Bible
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

Christian Standard Bible
Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying?

Contemporary English Version
So why don't you keep quiet? What's bothering you?

Good News Translation
Are you going to keep on talking forever? Do you always have to have the last word?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying?

International Standard Version
Will windy words like yours never end? What is upsetting you that you keep on arguing?

NET Bible
Will there be an end to your windy words? Or what provokes you that you answer?

New Heart English Bible
Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will [your] long-winded speeches never end? What disturbs you that you keep on answering [me]?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall windy words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

New American Standard 1977
“Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall vain words have an end? Or what is it that emboldens thee to answer?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

American King James Version
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

American Standard Version
Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What! is there any reason in vain words? or what will hinder thee from answering?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall windy words have no end? or is it any trouble to thee to speak?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall words of wind have an end? or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

English Revised Version
Shall vain words have an end? or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

World English Bible
Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

Young's Literal Translation
Is there an end to words of wind? Or what doth embolden thee that thou answerest?
Study Bible
Job Decries his Comforters
2“I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all. 3Is there no end to your long-winded speeches? What provokes you to continue testifying? 4I could also speak like you if you were in my place; I could heap up words against you and shake my head at you.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:7
And this went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival taunted her until she wept and would not eat.

Job 6:26
Do you intend to correct my words, and treat the speech of a desperate man as wind?

Treasury of Scripture

Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

vain words.

Job 6:26
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

Job 8:2
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

Job 15:2
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

what emboldeneth

Job 20:3
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Job 32:3-6
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job…

Matthew 22:46
And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.







Lexicon
Is there no end
הֲקֵ֥ץ (hă·qêṣ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7093: An extremity, after

to your long-winded
ר֑וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

speeches?
לְדִבְרֵי־ (lə·ḏiḇ·rê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

provokes you
יַּ֝מְרִֽיצְךָ֗ (yam·rî·ṣə·ḵā)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4834: To press, to be pungent, vehement, to irritate

to
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

continue testifying?
תַעֲנֶֽה׃ (ṯa·‘ă·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond
(3) Shall vain words have an end?--The English idiom rather requires, "Shall not vain words have an end? for if not, what emboldeneth or provoketh thee that thou answerest?" Eliphaz had contributed nothing to the discussion in his last reply; he had simply reiterated what had been said before.

Verse 3. - Shall vain words have an end? literally, as in the margin, words of wind; i.e. words which pass by a man "as the idle wind which he regards not." Will his friends never bring their futile speaking to a close? Or what emboldeneth thee that thou anwerest? rather, what provoketh thee? (Revised Version) Job had begged that his friends would be silent (Job 13:5, 13). He supposes that they would have complied with his wish if he had not provoked them, but professes an inability to see what provocation he had given. His last speech, however, had certainly not been conciliatory (see Job 12:1-3; Job 13:4, 7, etc.). 16:1-5 Eliphaz had represented Job's discourses as unprofitable, and nothing to the purpose; Job here gives his the same character. Those who pass censures, must expect to have them retorted; it is easy, it is endless, but what good does it do? Angry answers stir up men's passions, but never convince their judgments, nor set truth in a clear light. What Job says of his friends is true of all creatures, in comparison with God; one time or other we shall be made to see and own that miserable comforters are they all. When under convictions of sin, terrors of conscience, or the arrests of death, only the blessed Spirit can comfort effectually; all others, without him, do it miserably, and to no purpose. Whatever our brethren's sorrows are, we ought by sympathy to make them our own; they may soon be so.
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