Job 6:25
New International Version
How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?

New Living Translation
Honest words can be painful, but what do your criticisms amount to?

English Standard Version
How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?

Berean Study Bible
How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

King James Bible
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

New King James Version
How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove?

New American Standard Bible
“How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

NASB 1995
“How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

NASB 1977
“How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

Amplified Bible
“How painful are words of honesty. But what does your argument prove?

Christian Standard Bible
How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove?

American Standard Version
How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what doth it reprove?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why do you reject the Word of truth, and who is it of you that humbles and rebukes?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But as it seems, the words of a true man are vain, because I do not ask strength of you.

Contemporary English Version
The truth is always painful, but your arguments prove nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me?

English Revised Version
How forcible are words of uprightness! but what doth your arguing reprove?

Good News Translation
Honest words are convincing, but you are talking nonsense.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How painful an honest discussion can be! In correcting me, you correct yourselves!

International Standard Version
The truth can be painful, but what has your argument proven?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How forcible are words of uprightness! But what doth your arguing argue?

Literal Standard Version
How powerful have been upright sayings, And what reproof from you reproves?

NET Bible
How painful are honest words! But what does your reproof prove?

New Heart English Bible
How forcible are words of uprightness. But your reproof, what does it reprove?

World English Bible
How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what does it reprove?

Young's Literal Translation
How powerful have been upright sayings, And what doth reproof from you reprove?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
24Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand how I have erred. 25How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove? 26Do you intend to correct my words, and treat as wind my cry of despair?…

Cross References
Job 6:24
Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand how I have erred.

Job 6:26
Do you intend to correct my words, and treat as wind my cry of despair?


Treasury of Scripture

How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove?

forcible.

Job 4:4
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

Job 16:5
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

what doth.

Job 13:5
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Job 16:3,4
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? …

Job 21:34
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?









(25) How forcible are right words !--"How forcible are words of uprightness! But what doth your reproof reprove? Open rebuke is better than secret love; better to be honestly and openly rebuked by you than be subject to the secret insinuations which are intended to pass for friendship."

Verse 25. - How forcible are right words! literally, words of uprightness. Such words have a force that none can resist. If the charges made by Eliphaz had been right and true, and his arguments sound and just, then Job must have yielded to them, have confessed himself guilty, and bowed down with shame before his judges. But they had had no such constraining power. Therefore they were not "words of uprightness." But what doth your arguing reprove? literally, What doth your reproving reprove? That is - What exactly is it that ye think to be wrong in me? At what is your invective aimed?

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
How
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

painful
נִּמְרְצ֥וּ (nim·rə·ṣū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 4834: To press, to be pungent, vehement, to irritate

[are] honest
יֹ֑שֶׁר (yō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3476: Straightness, uprightness

words!
אִמְרֵי־ (’im·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 561: Something said

But what
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does your argument
יּוֹכִ֖יחַ (yō·w·ḵî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

prove?
הוֹכֵ֣חַ (hō·w·ḵê·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict


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