Job 31:39
New International Version
if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,

New Living Translation
or if I have stolen its crops or murdered its owners,

English Standard Version
if I have eaten its yield without payment and made its owners breathe their last,

Berean Study Bible
if I have devoured its produce without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,

King James Bible
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

New King James Version
If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or caused its owners to lose their lives;

New American Standard Bible
If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or have caused its owners to lose their lives,

NASB 1995
If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or have caused its owners to lose their lives,

NASB 1977
If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or have caused its owners to lose their lives,

Amplified Bible
If I have eaten its fruits without paying for them, Or have caused its [rightful] owners to lose their lives,

Christian Standard Bible
if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,

American Standard Version
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I consumed its power without expense, or if I have made the soul of the bitter drunk

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and if I ate its strength alone without price, and if I too grieved the heart of the owner of the soil, by taking aught from him:

Contemporary English Version
Nor have I cheated my workers and caused them pain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have afflicted the soul of the tillers thereof:

English Revised Version
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

Good News Translation
if I have eaten the food that grew there but let the farmers that grew it starve--

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I have eaten its produce without paying for it and made its owners breathe their last,

International Standard Version
If I've consumed its produce without paying for it and snuffed out the life of its owners;

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the tillers thereof to be disappointed--

Literal Standard Version
If I consumed its strength without money, And the life of its possessors, I have caused to breathe out,

NET Bible
if I have eaten its produce without paying, or caused the death of its owners,

New Heart English Bible
if I have eaten its fruits without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life,

World English Bible
if I have eaten its fruits without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life,

Young's Literal Translation
If its strength I consumed without money, And the life of its possessors, I have caused to breathe out,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Final Appeal
38if my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together, 39if I have devoured its produce without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants, 40then let briers grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley.” Thus conclude the words of Job.…

Cross References
James 5:4
Look, the wages you withheld from the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.

1 Kings 21:19
Tell him that this is what the LORD says: 'Have you not murdered a man and seized his land?' Then tell him that this is also what the LORD says: 'In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, there also the dogs will lick up your blood--yes, yours!'"

Job 24:6
They gather fodder in the fields and glean the vineyards of the wicked.

Job 24:10
Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.


Treasury of Scripture

If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

fruits.

Genesis 4:12
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

1 Kings 21:13-16,19
And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died…

Proverbs 1:19
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

Isaiah 26:21
For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.









Verse 39. - If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money; i.e. without acquiring a title to them by purchase. Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life. Either by actual violence or by depriving them of the means of support (see the comment on Job 29:13). Job had been accused of robbery and oppression both by Zophar (Job 20:12-19) and Eliphaz (Job 22:5-9). He had not, however, been accused of actual murder.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I have devoured
אָכַ֣לְתִּי (’ā·ḵal·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 398: To eat

its produce
כֹּ֭חָהּ (kō·ḥāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

without
בְלִי־ (ḇə·lî-)
Adverb
Strong's 1097: Failure, nothing, destruction, without, not yet, because not, as long as

payment
כָ֑סֶף (ḵā·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money

or broken the spirit
וְנֶ֖פֶשׁ (wə·ne·p̄eš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

of its tenants,
בְּעָלֶ֣יהָ (bə·‘ā·le·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1167: A master, a husband, owner


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