Job 36:21
New International Version
Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

New Living Translation
Be on guard! Turn back from evil, for God sent this suffering to keep you from a life of evil.

English Standard Version
Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.

Berean Study Bible
Be careful not to turn to iniquity, for this you have preferred to affliction.

King James Bible
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

New King James Version
Take heed, do not turn to iniquity, For you have chosen this rather than affliction.

New American Standard Bible
“Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you preferred this to misery.

NASB 1995
"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.

NASB 1977
“Be careful, do not turn to evil; For you have preferred this to affliction.

Amplified Bible
“Take heed and be careful, do not turn to wickedness, For you have chosen this [the vice of complaining against God] rather than [learning from] affliction.

Christian Standard Bible
Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity, for that is why you have been tested by affliction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity, for that is why you have been tested by affliction.

American Standard Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beware that you not be changed by evil; because of this, you are tested in poverty

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But take heed lest thou do that which is wrong: for of this thou has made choice because of poverty.

Contemporary English Version
Be on guard! Don't turn to evil as a way of escape.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware thou turn not aside to iniquity : for this thou hast begun to follow after misery.

English Revised Version
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Good News Translation
Be careful not to turn to evil; your suffering was sent to keep you from it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be careful! Don't turn to evil, because you have chosen evil instead of suffering.

International Standard Version
Be careful! Don't turn to evil, because of this you will be tried by more than affliction.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take heed, regard not iniquity; For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Literal Standard Version
Take heed—do not turn to iniquity, "" For you have fixed on this "" Rather than [on] affliction.

NET Bible
Take heed, do not turn to evil, for because of this you have been tested by affliction.

New Heart English Bible
Take heed, do not regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

World English Bible
Take heed, don't regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

Young's Literal Translation
Take heed -- do not turn unto iniquity, For on this thou hast fixed Rather than on affliction.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
20Do not long for the night, when people vanish from their homes. 21Be careful not to turn to iniquity, for this you have preferred to affliction. 22Behold, God is exalted in His power. Who is a teacher like Him?…

Cross References
Hebrews 11:25
He chose to suffer oppression with God's people rather than to experience the fleeting enjoyment of sin.

Job 36:8
And if men are bound with chains, caught in cords of affliction,

Job 36:10
He opens their ears to correction and commands that they turn from iniquity.

Job 36:15
God rescues the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ears in oppression.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who cling to worthless idols, but in the LORD I trust.

Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.


Treasury of Scripture

Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

regard

Psalm 66:18
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Ezekiel 14:4
Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Matthew 5:29,30
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell…

this

Job 34:7-9
What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? …

Job 35:3
For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

Daniel 3:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter…









(21) Regard not iniquity.--Or, perhaps, the special sin of longing for death, for thou hast desired to die rather than bear thine affliction. Alas! Job's case is not a solitary one, for who that has been tried as he was has not longed for the end?

Verse 21. - Take heed, regard not iniquity; i.e. be on thy guard. Whilst thou art careful to preserve thy integrity and faith in God, do not fall into sin in other respects - as by impatient desires, or proud thoughts, or rash accusations of God. For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. Rather than acquiesce in thy afflictions and bear them patiently, thou hast elected to murmur, to complain, to question the justice of God, and speak overboldly concerning him. There is some ground for Elihu's condemnation; but it is excessive; it fails to make allowance for the extremity of Job's sufferings, and the disturbing influence of extreme suffering on the mind and judgment. It is, at any rate, more severe than God's judgment upon his servant (Job 38:2; Job 42:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Be careful
הִ֭שָּׁמֶר (hiš·šā·mer)
Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

to turn
תֵּ֣פֶן (tê·p̄en)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6437: To turn, to face, appear, look

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

iniquity,
אָ֑וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

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

this
זֶ֝֗ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

you have preferred
בָּחַ֥רְתָּ (bā·ḥar·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 977: To try, select

to affliction.
מֵעֹֽנִי׃ (mê·‘ō·nî)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6040: Affliction, poverty


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