Job 6:18
New International Version
Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.

New Living Translation
The caravans turn aside to be refreshed, but there is nothing to drink, so they die.

English Standard Version
The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste and perish.

Berean Study Bible
Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish.

New American Standard Bible
"The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.

King James Bible
The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

Christian Standard Bible
Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish.

Contemporary English Version
I am like a caravan, lost in the desert while searching for water.

Good News Translation
Caravans get lost looking for water; they wander and die in the desert.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish.

International Standard Version
Travelers divert in their route; they go into a wasteland and die.

NET Bible
Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish.

New Heart English Bible
The caravans that travel beside them turn aside. They go up into the waste, and perish.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They change their course. They go into a wasteland and disappear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The paths of their way do wind, They go up into the waste, and are lost.

New American Standard 1977
“The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
they turn aside out of the paths of their way; they go to nothing and perish.

King James 2000 Bible
The paths of their way turn aside; they go nowhere, and perish.

American King James Version
The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

American Standard Version
The caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside; They go up into the waste, and perish.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thus I also have been deserted of all; and I am ruined, and become an outcast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The paths of their steps are entangled: they shall walk in vain, and shall perish.

Darby Bible Translation
They wind about in the paths of their course, they go off into the waste and perish.

English Revised Version
The caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside; they go up into the waste, and perish.

Webster's Bible Translation
The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

World English Bible
The caravans that travel beside them turn aside. They go up into the waste, and perish.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn aside do the paths of their way, They ascend into emptiness, and are lost.
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
17but ceasing in the dry season and vanishing from their channels in the heat. 18Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go into the wasteland and perish. 19The caravans of Tema look for water; the travelers of Sheba hope to find it.…
Cross References
Job 6:17
but ceasing in the dry season and vanishing from their channels in the heat.

Job 6:19
The caravans of Tema look for water; the travelers of Sheba hope to find it.

Treasury of Scripture

The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.







Lexicon
Caravans
אָרְח֣וֹת (’ā·rə·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

turn aside
יִ֭לָּ֣פְתוּ (yil·lā·p̄ə·ṯū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3943: To twist, turn, grasp with a twisting motion

from their routes;
דַּרְכָּ֑ם (dar·kām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

they go
יַעֲל֖וּ (ya·‘ă·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

into the wasteland
בַתֹּ֣הוּ (ḇat·tō·hū)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8414: A desolation, desert, a worthless thing, in vain

and perish.
וְיֹאבֵֽדוּ׃ (wə·yō·ḇê·ḏū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish
(18) They go to nothing.--It is doubtful whether this applies to the streams or to the caravans. Thus, "The paths of their way are turned aside and come to nought;" or, "The caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside, and go into the waste and perish." The nineteenth verse seems to suggest the latter as the more probable.

Verse 18. - The paths of their way are turned aside; rather, as in the Revised Version, the caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside. It seems impossible that the streams can be intended, since their paths are never "turned aside" - they simply shrink, fail, and dry up. But nothing is commoner than for caravans short of water to go out of their way in order to reach a wady, where they expect to be able to replenish their water-skins. If they are disappointed, if the wady is dry, they may be brought into great straits, and may even possibly perish. (For a probable instance, where dependence on a wady would, but for a miracle, have led to a great disaster, see 2 Kings 3:9-20.) They go to nothing, and perish; rather, they go up into the waste and perish. Having vainly sought water in the dry wady, they ascend out of it, and enter the broad waste of the desert, where they too often miserably perish. 6:14-30 In his prosperity Job formed great expectations from his friends, but now was disappointed. This he compares to the failing of brooks in summer. Those who rest their expectations on the creature, will find it fail when it should help them; whereas those who make God their confidence, have help in the time of need, Heb 4:16. Those who make gold their hope, sooner or later will be ashamed of it, and of their confidence in it. It is our wisdom to cease from man. Let us put all our confidence in the Rock of ages, not in broken reeds; in the Fountain of life, not in broken cisterns. The application is very close; for now ye are nothing. It were well for us, if we had always such convictions of the vanity of the creature, as we have had, or shall have, on a sick-bed, a death-bed, or in trouble of conscience. Job upbraids his friends with their hard usage. Though in want, he desired no more from them than a good look and a good word. It often happens that, even when we expect little from man, we have less; but from God, even when we expect much, we have more. Though Job differed from them, yet he was ready to yield as soon as it was made to appear that he was in error. Though Job had been in fault, yet they ought not to have given him such hard usage. His righteousness he holds fast, and will not let it go. He felt that there had not been such iniquity in him as they supposed. But it is best to commit our characters to Him who keeps our souls; in the great day every upright believer shall have praise of God.
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