Job 30:31
New International Version
My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

New Living Translation
My harp plays sad music, and my flute accompanies those who weep.

English Standard Version
My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

Berean Study Bible
My harp is tuned to mourning and my flute to the sound of weeping.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep.

King James Bible
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Christian Standard Bible
My lyre is used for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.

Contemporary English Version
My only songs are sorrow and sadness.

Good News Translation
Where once I heard joyful music, now I hear only mourning and weeping.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My lyre is used for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.

International Standard Version
But my harp is in mourning; my flute plays only songs for those who are weeping." Job Asserts His Moral Innocence

NET Bible
My harp is used for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So my lyre is used for mourning and my flute for loud weeping.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My harp is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those that weep.

King James 2000 Bible
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my flute into the voice of them that weep.

American King James Version
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

American Standard Version
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My harp also has been turned into mourning, and my song into my weeping.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My harp is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of those that weep.

Darby Bible Translation
My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of weepers.

English Revised Version
Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

Webster's Bible Translation
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

World English Bible
Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.

Young's Literal Translation
And my harp doth become mourning, And my organ the sound of weeping.
Study Bible
Job's Prosperity Becomes Calamity
30My skin grows black and peels, and my bones burn with fever. 31My harp is tuned to mourning and my flute to the sound of weeping.
Cross References
Job 30:28
I go about blackened, but not by the sun. I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

Psalm 137:2
There on the poplars we hung our harps,

Isaiah 24:8
The joyful tambourines have ceased; the noise of revelers has stopped; the joyful harp is silent.

Treasury of Scripture

My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Psalm 137:1-4
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion…

Ecclesiastes 3:4
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Isaiah 21:4
My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.







Lexicon
My harp
כִּנֹּרִ֑י (kin·nō·rî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3658: A harp

is tuned
וַיְהִ֣י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

to mourning
לְ֭אֵבֶל (lə·’ê·ḇel)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 60: Lamentation

and my flute
וְ֝עֻגָבִ֗י (wə·‘u·ḡā·ḇî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5748: (a reed musical instrument) perhaps a flute

to the sound
לְק֣וֹל (lə·qō·wl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound

of weeping.
בֹּכִֽים׃ (bō·ḵîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1058: To weep, to bemoan
(31) My harp also is turned to mourning.--Or, Therefore is my harp turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of them that weep. The musical instruments here named, like those of Genesis 4:21, are respectively the stringed and wind instruments.

Verse 31. - My harp also is turned to mourning. The result of all is that Job's harp is laid aside, either literally or figuratively. Its music is replaced by the sound of mourning (see vers. 28, 29). And my organ (or rather, my pipe) into the voice of them that weep. The pipe also is no longer sounded in his presence; he hears only the voice of weeping and lamentation. Thus appropriately ends the long dirge in which he has bewailed his miserable fare.



30:15-31 Job complains a great deal. Harbouring hard thoughts of God was the sin which did, at this time, most easily beset Job. When inward temptations join with outward calamities, the soul is hurried as in a tempest, and is filled with confusion. But woe be to those who really have God for an enemy! Compared with the awful state of ungodly men, what are all outward, or even inward temporal afflictions? There is something with which Job comforts himself, yet it is but a little. He foresees that death will be the end of all his troubles. God's wrath might bring him to death; but his soul would be safe and happy in the world of spirits. If none pity us, yet our God, who corrects, pities us, even as a father pitieth his own children. And let us look more to the things of eternity: then the believer will cease from mourning, and joyfully praise redeeming love.
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