Job 3:24
New International Version
For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water.

New Living Translation
I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water.

English Standard Version
For my sighing comes instead of my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water.

Berean Study Bible
I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.

King James Bible
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.

New King James Version
For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings pour out like water.

New American Standard Bible
“For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.

NASB 1995
"For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.

NASB 1977
“For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.

Amplified Bible
“For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries [of despair] are poured out like water.

Christian Standard Bible
I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.

American Standard Version
For my sighing cometh before I eat, And my groanings are poured out like water.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because before my bread my sighing entered, and my moanings are poured out like waters

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For my groaning comes before my food, and I weep being beset with terror.

Contemporary English Version
Moaning and groaning are my food and drink,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before I eat I sigh: and as overflowing waters, so is my roaring:

English Revised Version
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like water.

Good News Translation
Instead of eating, I mourn, and I can never stop groaning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When my food is in front of me, I sigh. I pour out my groaning like water.

International Standard Version
"As far as I'm concerned, my food comes to me in the form of sighs, and my cries of anguish pour out like water.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For my sighing cometh instead of my food, And my roarings are poured out like water.

Literal Standard Version
For before my food, my sighing comes, "" And my roarings [are] poured out as waters.

NET Bible
For my sighing comes in place of my food, and my groanings flow forth like water.

New Heart English Bible
For my sighing comes before I eat. My groanings are poured out like water.

World English Bible
For my sighing comes before I eat. My groanings are poured out like water.

Young's Literal Translation
For before my food, my sighing cometh, And poured out as waters are my roarings.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Laments His Birth
23Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? 24I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water. 25For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has befallen me.…

Cross References
Job 6:7
My soul refuses to touch them; they are loathsome food to me.

Job 30:16
And now my soul is poured out within me; days of affliction grip me.

Job 33:20
so that he detests his bread, and his soul loathes his favorite food.

Psalm 22:1
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from my words of groaning?

Psalm 38:8
I am numb and badly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.

Psalm 42:4
These things come to mind as I pour out my soul: how I walked with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and praise.


Treasury of Scripture

For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.

my sighing.

Job 7:19
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

Psalm 80:5
Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Psalm 102:9
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

I eat.

Psalm 22:1,2
To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? …

Psalm 32:3
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

Psalm 38:8
I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.









Verse 24. - For my sighing cometh before I eat literally, before my meat; i.e. "more early and more constantly than my food" (Professor Lee). And my roarings are poured out. The word translated "roaring" is used primarily of the roar of a lion (Zechariah 11:3; comp. Amos 3:8); secondarily, of the loud cries uttered by men who suffer pain (see Psalm 22:1; Psalm 32:4). (On the loud cries of Orientals when suffering from grief or pain, see the comment on Job 2:12.) Like the waters; i.e. freely and copiously, without let or stint. Perhaps the loud sound of rushing water is also alluded to.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I sigh
אַנְחָתִ֣י (’an·ḥā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 585: A sighing, groaning

when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

food
לַ֭חְמִי (laḥ·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

is put
תָבֹ֑א (ṯā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

before me,
לִפְנֵ֣י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

and my groans
שַׁאֲגֹתָֽי׃ (ša·’ă·ḡō·ṯāy)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7581: A rumbling, moan

pour out
וַֽיִּתְּכ֥וּ (way·yit·tə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5413: To pour forth, be poured out

like water.
כַ֝מַּ֗יִם (ḵam·ma·yim)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen


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