Job 4:16
New International Version
It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:

New Living Translation
The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say,

English Standard Version
It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

Berean Study Bible
It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes, and I heard a whispering voice:

King James Bible
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

New King James Version
It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice saying:

New American Standard Bible
Something was standing still, but I could not recognize its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:

NASB 1995
“It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:

NASB 1977
“It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:

Amplified Bible
“The spirit stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, and then I heard a voice, saying:

Christian Standard Bible
A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a whispering voice:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a quiet voice:

American Standard Version
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes: There was'silence, and I heard a voice,'saying ,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I stood and I did not see, and there was no apparition before my eyes, and I heard a whisper and a voice that said:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I arose and perceived it not: I looked, and there, was no form before my eyes: but I only heard a breath and a voice, saying,

Contemporary English Version
It stopped and stood still. Then a form appeared--a shapeless form. And from the silence, I heard a voice say,

Douay-Rheims Bible
There stood one whose countenance I knew not, an image before my eyes, and I heard the voice as it were of a gentle wind:

English Revised Version
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; a form was before mine eyes: there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

Good News Translation
I could see something standing there; I stared, but couldn't tell what it was. Then I heard a voice out of the silence:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Something stood there. I couldn't tell what it was. A vague image was in front of my eyes. I heard a soft voice:

International Standard Version
It remained standing, but I couldn't recognize its appearance. A form appeared before my eyes; At first there was silence, and then this voice:

JPS Tanakh 1917
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes; I heard a still voice:

Literal Standard Version
It stands, and I do not discern its aspect, A likeness [is] before my eyes, Silence! And I hear a voice:

NET Bible
It stands still, but I cannot recognize its appearance; an image is before my eyes, and I hear a murmuring voice:

New Heart English Bible
It stood still, but I couldn't discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

World English Bible
It stood still, but I couldn't discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
It standeth, and I discern not its aspect, A similitude is over-against mine eyes, Silence! and a voice I hear:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
15Then a spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body bristled. 16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes, and I heard a whispering voice: 17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?…

Cross References
1 Kings 19:12
After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still, small voice.

Job 4:15
Then a spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body bristled.

Job 4:17
Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?


Treasury of Scripture

It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

there, etc.

1 Kings 19:12
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.









Verse 16. - It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof. Canon Cook quotes, very appositely, Milton's representation of Death as a fearful shape,

"If shape it could be called that shape had none
Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb,
Or substance might be called that shadow seemed."
An image was before mine eyes; or, on appearance (LXX., μορφή). There was silence; or, a hush - "status aeris nullo motu turbati, et tranquillissimus" (Schulteus). And I heard a voice, saying. After a while the silence was broken by a voice, which whispered in Eliphaz's ear (setup. ver. 12).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
It stood still,
יַעֲמֹ֤ד ׀ (ya·‘ă·mōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

but I could not
וְֽלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

discern
אַכִּ֬יר (’ak·kîr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5234: To regard, recognize

its appearance;
מַרְאֵ֗הוּ (mar·’ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4758: Sight, appearance, vision

a form
תְּ֭מוּנָה (tə·mū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8544: Something portioned, out, as a, shape, phantom, embodiment, manifestation

loomed before
לְנֶ֣גֶד (lə·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-l
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

my eyes,
עֵינָ֑י (‘ê·nāy)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

and I heard
אֶשְׁמָֽע׃ (’eš·mā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

a whispering
דְּמָמָ֖ה (də·mā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1827: A whisper

voice:
וָק֣וֹל (wā·qō·wl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound


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