Job 21:3
New International Version
Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.

New Living Translation
Bear with me, and let me speak. After I have spoken, you may resume mocking me.

English Standard Version
Bear with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.

Berean Study Bible
Bear with me while I speak; then, after I have spoken, you may go on mocking.

King James Bible
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

New King James Version
Bear with me that I may speak, And after I have spoken, keep mocking.

New American Standard Bible
“Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock me.

NASB 1995
“Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock.

NASB 1977
“Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock.

Amplified Bible
“Bear with me, and I also will speak; And after I have spoken, you may [continue to] mock [me].

Christian Standard Bible
Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may continue mocking.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may continue mocking.

American Standard Version
Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be patient with me and I shall speak, and after my words, mock on

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Raise me, and I will speak; then ye shall not laugh me to scorn.

Contemporary English Version
And when I have finished, you can start your insults all over again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Suffer me, and I will speak, and after, if you please, laugh at my words.

English Revised Version
Suffer me, and I also will speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Good News Translation
Give me a chance to speak and then, when I am through, sneer if you like.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bear with me while I speak. Then after I've spoken, you may go on mocking.

International Standard Version
Bear with me and let me speak! Then, after I've spoken, you'll be free to mock me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Suffer me, that I may speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on.

Literal Standard Version
Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking—you may deride.

NET Bible
Bear with me and I will speak, and after I have spoken you may mock.

New Heart English Bible
Allow me, and I also will speak; After I have spoken, mock on.

World English Bible
Allow me, and I also will speak; After I have spoken, mock on.

Young's Literal Translation
Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking -- ye may deride.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
2“Listen carefully to my words; let this be your consolation to me. 3Bear with me while I speak; then, after I have spoken, you may go on mocking. 4Is my complaint against a man? Then why should I not be impatient?…

Cross References
Job 11:3
Should your babbling put others to silence? Will you scoff without rebuke?

Job 17:2
Surely mockers surround me, and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.

Job 21:2
"Listen carefully to my words; let this be your consolation to me.


Treasury of Scripture

Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

that I may

Job 13:13
Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

Job 33:31-33
Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak…

mock on

Job 12:4,5
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn…

Job 13:9
Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

Job 16:10,20
They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me…









Verse 3. - Suffer me that I may speak; or, suffer me, and I also will speak. There is an emphasis on the "I" (אנכי). Job implies that his opponents are not allowing him his fair share of the argument, which is an accusation that can scarcely be justified. Since the dialogue opened, Job's speeches have occupied eleven chapters, those of his "comforters" seven only. But a controversialist who has much to say is apt to think that sufficient time is not allowed him. And after that I have spoken, mock on. Job does not hope to convince, or silence, or shame the other interlocutors. When he has said his say, all that he expects is mockery and derision.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Bear with
שָׂ֭אוּנִי (’ū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

me while I
וְאָנֹכִ֣י (wə·’ā·nō·ḵî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

speak;
אֲדַבֵּ֑ר (’ă·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

then after
וְאַחַ֖ר (wə·’a·ḥar)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

I have spoken,
דַּבְּרִ֣י (dab·bə·rî)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

you may keep mocking.
תַלְעִֽיג׃ (ṯal·‘îḡ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3932: To deride, to speak unintelligibly


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