Job 19:23
New International Version
"Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,

New Living Translation
"Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,

English Standard Version
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Berean Study Bible
I wish that my words were recorded and inscribed in a book,

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

King James Bible
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

Christian Standard Bible
I wish that my words were written down, that they were recorded on a scroll

Contemporary English Version
I wish that my words could be written down

Good News Translation
How I wish that someone would remember my words and record them in a book!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wish that my words were written down, that they were recorded on a scroll

International Standard Version
If only my words were written down; if only they were inscribed in a book

NET Bible
"O that my words were written down, O that they were written on a scroll,

New Heart English Bible
"Oh that my words were now written. Oh that they were inscribed in a scroll.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I wish now my words were written. I wish they were inscribed on a scroll.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

New American Standard 1977
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh, that my words were now written! Oh, that they were printed in a book!

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

American King James Version
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

American Standard Version
Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will grant me that my words may be written? Who will grant me that they may be marked down in a book?

Darby Bible Translation
Oh would that my words were written! oh that they were inscribed in a book!

English Revised Version
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

World English Bible
"Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth grant now, That my words may be written? Who doth grant that in a book they may be graven?
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Job: My Redeemer Lives
22Why do you persecute me as God does? Will you never get enough of my flesh? 23I wish that my words were recorded and inscribed in a book, 24by an iron stylus on lead, or chiseled in stone forever.…
Cross References
Job 19:24
by an iron stylus on lead, or chiseled in stone forever.

Isaiah 30:8
Go now, write it on a tablet in their presence and inscribe it on a scroll; it will be for the days to come, a witness forever and ever.

Jeremiah 36:2
"Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah, and all the nations, from the day I first spoke to you during the reign of Josiah until today.

Treasury of Scripture

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

Oh. Heb. Who will give, etc. my words

Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty …

Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said to me, Take you a great roll, and write in …

Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that …

oh that they were (Rather, 'Oh that they were described (yuchakoo) in a book, with an iron stile and lead! Were graven on a rock for ever!' Pliny observes, 'At first men wrote on palm leaves, and afterwards on the bark or rind of other trees. In process of time, public monuments were written on rolls of lead (plumbeis voluminibus); and those of a private nature on linen books, or tables covered with wax.')







Lexicon
I wish
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

that my words
מִלָּ֑י (mil·lāy)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic

were recorded
וְיִכָּתְב֣וּן (wə·yik·kā·ṯə·ḇūn)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

and inscribed
וְיֻחָֽקוּ׃ (wə·yu·ḥā·qū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hofal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2710: To hack, engrave, to enact, prescribe

in a book,
בַּסֵּ֣פֶר (bas·sê·p̄er)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5612: A missive, document, writing, book
(23) Oh that my words were now written!--Some understand this to refer to the words he is about to utter; by others they are interpreted generally. The former view is probably owing to the Christian acceptation given to them, and the consequently great importance attaching to them. Since, however, the three verses, Job 19:25-27, are manifestly more emphatic than any he has yet spoken, though they do not stand quite alone, there is no reason why it should not be especially these very words which he desires more than any others to have recorded. Perhaps the "now" = here shows this.

Oh that they were printed.--This points us to primitive time, when writing materials and the use of writing involved more or less of engraving, as, for instance, in later times was the case with tablets of wax.

Verse 23. - Oh that my words were written! It is questioned what words of his Job is so anxious to have committed to writing - those that precede the expression of the wish, or those that follow, or both. As there is nothing that is very remarkable in the preceding words, whereas the latter are among the most striking in the book, the general opinion has been that he refers to these last. It is now universally allowed, even by those whose date for Job is the most remote, that books were common long before his time, and so that he might naturally have been familiar with them. Writing is, of course, even anterior to books, and was certainly in use before B.C. 2000. The earliest writing was probably on stone or brick, and was perhaps in every case hieroglyphical. When writing on papyrus, or parchment, or the bark of trees, came into use, a cursive character soon superseded the hieroglyphical, though the latter continued In be employed for religious purposes, and for inscriptions on stone. Oh that they were printed in a book! rather, inscribed, or engraved. The impression of the characters below the surface of the writing material, as in the Babylonian and Assyrian clay-tablets, seems to be pointed at. 19:23-29 The Spirit of God, at this time, seems to have powerfully wrought on the mind of Job. Here he witnessed a good confession; declared the soundness of his faith, and the assurance of his hope. Here is much of Christ and heaven; and he that said such things are these, declared plainly that he sought the better country, that is, the heavenly. Job was taught of God to believe in a living Redeemer; to look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come; he comforted himself with the expectation of these. Job was assured, that this Redeemer of sinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin, was his Redeemer, and expected salvation through him; and that he was a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; and that at the last day he would appear as the Judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people. With what pleasure holy Job enlarges upon this! May these faithful sayings be engraved by the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. We are all concerned to see that the root of the matter be in us. A living, quickening, commanding principle of grace in the heart, is the root of the matter; as necessary to our religion as the root of the tree, to which it owes both its fixedness and its fruitfulness. Job and his friends differed concerning the methods of Providence, but they agreed in the root of the matter, the belief of another world.
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