Job 4:2
New International Version
“If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?

New Living Translation
“Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?

English Standard Version
“If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking?

Berean Study Bible
“If one ventures a word with you, will you be wearied? Yet who can keep from speaking?

King James Bible
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

New King James Version
If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

New American Standard Bible
“If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?

NASB 1995
“If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?

NASB 1977
“If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?

Amplified Bible
“If we dare to converse with you, will you be impatient [or offended]? But who can restrain himself from speaking?

Christian Standard Bible
Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?

American Standard Version
If one assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If I begin to speak with you, will you be worn out? And who can withhold words from you?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hast thou been often spoken to in distress? but who shall endure the force of thy words?

Contemporary English Version
Please be patient and listen to what I have to say. *

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we begin to speak to thee, perhaps thou wilt take it ill, but who can withhold the words he hath conceived?

English Revised Version
If one assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If someone tries to talk to you, will you become impatient? But who can keep from talking?

International Standard Version
"Will you get offended if somebody tries to talk to you? Who can keep from speaking at a time like this?

JPS Tanakh 1917
If one venture a word unto thee, wilt thou be weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

Literal Standard Version
“Has one tried a word with you? You are weary! And who is able to keep in words?

NET Bible
"If someone should attempt a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?

New Heart English Bible
"If someone ventures to talk with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

World English Bible
"If someone ventures to talk with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

Young's Literal Translation
Hath one tried a word with thee? -- Thou art weary! And to keep in words who is able?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be wearied? Yet who can keep from speaking? 3Surely you have instructed many, and have strengthened their feeble hands.…

Cross References
Job 4:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Job 32:18
For I am full of words, and my spirit within me compels me.


Treasury of Scripture

If we assay to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

to commune.

2 Corinthians 2:4-6
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you…

2 Corinthians 7:8-10
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season…

withhold himself from speaking.

Job 32:18-20
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me…

Jeremiah 6:11
Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days.

Jeremiah 20:9
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.









IV.

(2) If we assay.--Rather, perhaps, Has one ever assayed? or, Has a word ever been tried? It appears from Job 29:9-10, that Job was held in great honour and reverence by all, and Eliphaz regarded him with awe such as would have constrained him to be silent, but he is so convinced that Job is wrong and deserves reproof, that he cannot refrain from speaking. He strikes a note, however, which the friends all sound, namely, that it is the wicked who suffer, and that all who suffer must be wicked. This, in a variety of forms, is the sum and substance of what they have to say.

Verse 2. - If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? rather, If one assay a word against thee wilt thou be angry? Eliphaz feels that what he is about to say will be unwelcome, and, as it were, apologizes beforehand. Surely Job will not be angry if a friend just ventures a word. But who can withhold himself from speaking? Let Job be angry or not, Eliphaz must speak. It is impossible to hear such words as Job has uttered, and yet keep silence. God's wisdom and justice have been impugned, and must be vindicated.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“If one ventures
הֲנִסָּ֬ה (hă·nis·sāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5254: To test, to attempt

a word
דָבָ֣ר (ḏā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

with you,
אֵלֶ֣יךָ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

will you be wearied?
תִּלְאֶ֑ה (til·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3811: To tire, to be, disgusted

Yet who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can
יוּכָֽל׃ (yū·ḵāl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3201: To be able, have power

keep
וַעְצֹ֥ר (wa‘·ṣōr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6113: To inclose, to hold back, to maintain, rule, assemble

from speaking?
בְּ֝מִלִּ֗ין (bə·mil·lîn)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic


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