Job 6:20
New International Version
They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.

New Living Translation
They count on it but are disappointed. When they arrive, their hopes are dashed.

English Standard Version
They are ashamed because they were confident; they come there and are disappointed.

Berean Study Bible
They are confounded because they had hoped; their arrival brings disappointment.

King James Bible
They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

New King James Version
They are disappointed because they were confident; They come there and are confused.

New American Standard Bible
“They were put to shame, for they had trusted, They came there and were humiliated.

NASB 1995
“They were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.

NASB 1977
“They were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.

Amplified Bible
“They were put to shame and disappointed because they had trusted [that they would find water]; They came there and were ashamed.

Christian Standard Bible
They are ashamed because they had been confident of finding water. When they arrive there, they are disappointed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are ashamed because they had been confident of finding water. When they arrive there, they are frustrated.

American Standard Version
They were put to shame because they had hoped; They came thither, and were confounded.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They were ashamed in the thing that they trusted; they came to it and were ashamed

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They too that trust in cities and riches shall come to shame.

Contemporary English Version
thought they would find water. But they were disappointed,

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are confounded, because I have hoped: they are come also even unto me, and are covered with shame.

English Revised Version
They were ashamed because they had hoped; they came thither, and were confounded.

Good News Translation
but their hope dies beside dry streams.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are ashamed because they relied on the streams. Arriving there, they are disappointed.

International Standard Version
For all their expectations, they are doomed to disappointment; even though they have come and searched this far.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They were ashamed because they had hoped; They came thither, and were confounded.

Literal Standard Version
They were ashamed that one has trusted, They have come to it and are confounded.

NET Bible
They were distressed, because each one had been so confident; they arrived there, but were disappointed.

New Heart English Bible
They were distressed because they were confident. They came there, and were confounded.

World English Bible
They were distressed because they were confident. They came there, and were confounded.

Young's Literal Translation
They were ashamed that one hath trusted, They have come unto it and are confounded.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
19The caravans of Tema look for water; the travelers of Sheba hope to find it. 20They are confounded because they had hoped; their arrival brings disappointment. 21For now you are of no help; you see terror, and you are afraid.…

Cross References
Jeremiah 14:3
The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns, but find no water; their jars return empty. They are ashamed and humiliated; they cover their heads.

Jeremiah 15:18
Why is my pain unending, and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You have indeed become like a mirage to me--water that is not there.


Treasury of Scripture

They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

confounded.

Jeremiah 14:3,4
And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads…

Jeremiah 17:13
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.









(20) They were confounded.--Comp. Jeremiah's description of the famine (Jeremiah 14:3). (See margin.)

Verse 20. - They were confounded because they had hoped. Shame and confusion of face came upon them in consequence of their vain hope. In the same way, Job implies, he is ashamed of having looked for compassion and kindness from his friends. He should have been wiser and have known better. They came thither, and were ashamed. They not only hoped, but acted on their hope-let it turn them aside from their way (ver. 18) and bring them to ruin.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They are confounded
בֹּ֥שׁוּ (bō·šū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

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

their confidence;
בָטָ֑ח (ḇā·ṭāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 982: To trust, be confident, sure

their arrival
בָּ֥אוּ‪‬ (bā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

brings disappointment.
וַיֶּחְפָּֽרוּ׃ (way·yeḥ·pā·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2659: To blush, to be ashamed, disappointed, to shame, reproach


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