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.

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

New King James Version
The paths of their way turn aside, They go nowhere and perish.

New American Standard Bible
“The paths of their course wind along, They go up into wasteland and perish.

NASB 1995
“The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.

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

Amplified Bible
“The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish. [Your counsel is as helpful to me as a dry streambed in the heat of summer.]

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The paths of their ways will be twisted, and they will lead on in a trackless waste and be destroyed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
The paths turn aside of their way, They ascend into emptiness, and are lost.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

turn aside
יִ֭לָּ֣פְתוּ (yil·lā·p̄ə·ṯū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 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 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 5927: To ascend, in, actively

into the wasteland
בַתֹּ֣הוּ (ḇat·tō·hū)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 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 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish


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