Job 21:4
New International Version
"Is my complaint directed to a human being? Why should I not be impatient?

New Living Translation
“My complaint is with God, not with people. I have good reason to be so impatient.

English Standard Version
As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient?

Berean Study Bible
Is my complaint against a man? Then why should I not be impatient?

King James Bible
As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?

New King James Version
“As for me, is my complaint against man? And if it were, why should I not be impatient?

New American Standard Bible
“As for me, is my complaint to a mortal? Or why should I not be impatient?

NASB 1995
"As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?

NASB 1977
“As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?

Amplified Bible
“As for me, is my complaint to man or about him? And why should I not be impatient and my spirit troubled?

Christian Standard Bible
As for me, is my complaint against a human being? Then why shouldn’t I be impatient?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for me, is my complaint against a man? Then why shouldn't I be impatient?

American Standard Version
As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall speak my words to a son of man: ‘why is my spirit distressed?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What! is my reproof of man? and why should I not be angry?

Contemporary English Version
My complaint is against God; that's why I am impatient.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is my debate against man, that I should not have just reason to be troubled?

English Revised Version
As for me, is my complaint to man? and why should I not be impatient?

Good News Translation
My quarrel is not with mortals; I have good reason to be impatient.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Am I complaining about a person? Why shouldn't I be impatient?

International Standard Version
After all, isn't my complaint against a human being? If so, why shouldn't I be impatient?

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for me, is my complaint to man? Or why should I not be impatient?

Literal Standard Version
[Is] my complaint [against] man? And if [so], why may my temper not become short?

NET Bible
Is my complaint against a man? If so, why should I not be impatient?

New Heart English Bible
As for me, is my complaint to man? Why shouldn't I be impatient?

World English Bible
As for me, is my complaint to man? Why shouldn't I be impatient?

Young's Literal Translation
I -- to man is my complaint? and if so, wherefore May not my temper become short?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
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? 5Look at me and be appalled; put your hand over your mouth.…

Cross References
Job 6:11
What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What is my future, that I should be patient?

Job 7:11
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.


Treasury of Scripture

As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?

is my complaint

Job 7:11-21
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul…

Job 10:1,2
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul…

1 Samuel 1:16
Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

if it were

2 Kings 6:26,27
And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king…

Psalm 42:11
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

troubled.

Exodus 6:9
And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.









(4) Is my complaint to man?--"It is not to man that I complain. I do not ask for your sympathy, and, therefore, why should ye resent an offence that is not given? If, however, I did ask it, might not my spirit with good reason be impatient? But, on the contrary, my complaint is to God; and, concerning the ways of God, I venture to ask why it is that His justice is so tardy; and this is a problem which when I remember it I am troubled, and horror taketh hold on my flesh, so difficult and arduous is it."

Verse 4. - As for me, is my complaint to man? Do I address myself to man, pour out my complaint to him, and expect him to redress my wrongs? No; far otherwise. I address myself to God, from whom alone I can look for effectual assistance. And if it were so; rather, and if so, if this is the case, if my appeal is to God, and he makes me no answer, then why should not my spirit be troubled? or, Why should I not be impatient? (Revised Version). Job thinks that he has a right to be impatient, if God does not vouchsafe him an answer.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Is my
הֶ֭אָנֹכִי (he·’ā·nō·ḵî)
Article | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

complaint
שִׂיחִ֑י (śî·ḥî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7879: A contemplation, an utterance

against a man?
לְאָדָ֣ם (lə·’ā·ḏām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

Then why
מַ֝דּ֗וּעַ (mad·dū·a‘)
Interrogative
Strong's 4069: Why? for what reason?

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

be impatient?
תִקְצַ֥ר (ṯiq·ṣar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7114: To dock off, curtail, to harvest


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