Job 18:3
New International Version
Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?

New Living Translation
Do you think we are mere animals? Do you think we are stupid?

English Standard Version
Why are we counted as cattle? Why are we stupid in your sight?

Berean Study Bible
Why are we regarded as cattle, as stupid in your sight?

King James Bible
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

New King James Version
Why are we counted as beasts, And regarded as stupid in your sight?

New American Standard Bible
“Why are we regarded as animals, As stupid in your eyes?

NASB 1995
“Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?

NASB 1977
“Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?

Amplified Bible
“Why are we regarded as beasts, As if [we are] stupid (senseless) in your eyes?

Christian Standard Bible
Why are we regarded as cattle, as stupid in your sight?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why are we regarded as cattle, as stupid in your sight?

American Standard Version
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, And are become unclean in your sight?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why are we considered as a beast and we are defiled in your eyes?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For wherefore have we been silent before thee like brutes?

Contemporary English Version
Or do you think that we are dumb animals?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why are we reputed as beasts, and counted vile before you?

English Revised Version
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and are become unclean in your sight?

Good News Translation
What makes you think we are as stupid as cattle?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you think of us as cattle? Why are we considered stupid in your eyes?

International Standard Version
Why do you think we're like dumb animals? Do you think we're stupid?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, And reputed dull in your sight?

Literal Standard Version
Why have we been reckoned as livestock? We have been defiled in your eyes!

NET Bible
Why should we be regarded as beasts, and considered stupid in your sight?

New Heart English Bible
Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?

World English Bible
Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked
2“How long until you end these speeches? Show some sense, and then we can talk. 3Why are we regarded as cattle, as stupid in your sight? 4You who tear yourself in anger—should the earth be forsaken on your account, or the rocks be moved from their place?…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:3
He may receive no more than forty lashes, lest your brother be beaten any more than that and be degraded in your sight.

Job 18:2
"How long until you end these speeches? Show some sense, and then we can talk.

Job 18:4
You who tear yourself in anger--should the earth be forsaken on your account, or the rocks be moved from their place?

Psalm 73:22
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before You.


Treasury of Scripture

Why are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

Wherefore

Job 12:7,8
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: …

Job 17:4,10
For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them

Psalm 73:22
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.









(3) Wherefore are we counted as beasts.--Referring to Job's words (Job 13:4, &c., Job 16:2, &c.). In this chapter there is a marked increase in his harshness and violence. It has, however, a certain resemblance to Job 8, inasmuch as Bildad works out a simile here, as he did there; and in Job 18:16 the two similes touch. In Job 18:2, which resembles Job 8:2, we must supply, as the Authorised Version does, Will it be ere? or the negative, Will ye not make? &c., or else we must render, "How long [will ye speak thus]? Make an end of words," &c. The plural is used because Job is regarded as the representative of a class, or else as we use the plural instead of the singular in addressing a person.

Verse 3. - Wherefore are we counted as beasts? The allusion is probably to Job 16:10, where Job spoke of his "comforters" as "gaping upon him with their mouths." And reputed vile in your sight! or, reckoned unclean. Job had spoken of his "miserable comforters" as "ungodly and wicked" (Job 16:11), without wisdom (Job 17:10) and without understanding (Job 17:4). But he had not said that they were "unclean." Bildad, therefore, misrepresents him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Why
מַ֭דּוּעַ (mad·dū·a‘)
Interrogative
Strong's 4069: Why? for what reason?

are we regarded
נֶחְשַׁ֣בְנוּ (neḥ·šaḇ·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 2803: To think, account

as cattle,
כַבְּהֵמָ֑ה (ḵab·bə·hê·māh)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 929: A dumb beast, any large quadruped, animal

as stupid
נִ֝טְמִ֗ינוּ (niṭ·mî·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 2933: To be stopped up, stupid

in your sight?
בְּעֵינֵיכֶֽם׃ (bə·‘ê·nê·ḵem)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc | second person masculine plural
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain


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