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.

New American Standard Bible
"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take heed, do not regard iniquity, to choose it rather than poverty.

King James 2000 Bible
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

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

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed, turn not to iniquity; for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen 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.
Study Bible
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…







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

to affliction.
מֵעֹֽנִי׃ (mê·‘ō·nî)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6040: Affliction, poverty
(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). 36:15-23 Elihu shows that Job caused the continuance of his own trouble. He cautions him not to persist in frowardness. Even good men need to be kept to their duty by the fear of God's wrath; the wisest and best have enough in them to deserve his stroke. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. And let us never dare to think favourably of sin, never indulge it, nor allow ourselves in it. Elihu thinks Job needed this caution, he having chosen rather to gratify his pride and humour by contending with God, than to mortify them by submitting, and accepting the punishment. It is absurd for us to think to teach Him who is himself the Fountain of light, truth, knowledge, and instruction. He teaches by the Bible, and that is the best book; teaches by his Son, and he is the best Master. He is just in all proceedings.
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