Job 16:6
New International Version
“Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.

New Living Translation
Instead, I suffer if I defend myself, and I suffer no less if I refuse to speak.

English Standard Version
“If I speak, my pain is not assuaged, and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?

Berean Study Bible
Even if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I hold back, how will it go away?

King James Bible
Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

New King James Version
“Though I speak, my grief is not relieved; And if I remain silent, how am I eased?

New American Standard Bible
“If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I refrain, what pain leaves me?

NASB 1995
“If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?

NASB 1977
“If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?

Amplified Bible
“If I speak [to you miserable comforters], my pain is not relieved; And if I refrain [from speaking], what [pain or anguish] leaves me?

Christian Standard Bible
If I speak, my suffering is not relieved, and if I hold back, does any of it leave me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if I speak, my suffering is not relieved, and if I hold back, what have I lost?

American Standard Version
Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if I shall speak, my sorrow is not removed, and I am if silent, who is relieving me?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For if I should speak, I shall not feel the pain of my wound: and if I should be silent, how shall I be wounded the less?

Contemporary English Version
If I speak, or if I don't, I hurt all the same. My torment continues.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But what shall I do? If I speak, my pain will not rest: and if I hold my peace, it will not depart from me.

English Revised Version
Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

Good News Translation
But nothing I say helps, and being silent does not calm my pain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I speak, my pain is not eased. If I stop talking, how much of it will go away?

International Standard Version
"But if I speak, my pain isn't assuaged; if I refrain from speaking, what do I have to lose?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though I speak, my pain is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased?

Literal Standard Version
If I speak, my pain is not restrained, And I cease—what goes from me?

NET Bible
"But if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I refrain from speaking--how much of it goes away?

New Heart English Bible
"Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased?

World English Bible
"Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased?

Young's Literal Translation
If I speak, my pain is not restrained, And I cease -- what goeth from me?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Decries his Comforters
5But I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would bring relief. 6Even if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I hold back, how will it go away? 7Surely He has now exhausted me; You have devastated all my family.…

Cross References
Job 9:27
If I were to say, 'I will forget my complaint and change my expression and smile,'

Job 9:28
I would still dread all my sufferings; I know that You will not acquit me.

Job 16:5
But I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would bring relief.


Treasury of Scripture

Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

my grief

Job 10:1
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Psalm 77:1-9
To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me…

Psalm 88:15-18
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted…

what am I eased.









(6) Though I speak . . .--"I cannot but reply, though to reply gives me no relief."

Verse 6. - Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased! As it is, nor speech nor silence are of any avail. Neither of them brings me any relief. My sufferings continue as before, whichever course I take.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Even if
אִֽם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I speak,
אֲ֭דַבְּרָה (’ă·ḏab·bə·rāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

my pain
כְּאֵבִ֑י (kə·’ê·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3511: Suffering, adversity

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

relieved,
יֵחָשֵׂ֣ךְ (yê·ḥā·śêḵ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2820: To restrain, refrain, to refuse, spare, preserve, to observe

and if I hold back,
וְ֝אַחְדְּלָ֗ה (wə·’aḥ·də·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle

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

will it go away?
יַהֲלֹֽךְ׃ (ya·hă·lōḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk


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